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I pretty much think you are correct but what is the US to do? Start WWIII? There's not much that Obama can or would do even if he were able. We need to stay the hell out of it.
Putin already thinks he is much stronger than Obama and I'm afraid that he's right. Review the Syrian situation of this past summer when Obama and Kerry were determined to bomb Syria, and came out the big losers, while Putin came out stronger than ever.
The thing about Putin is he doesn't worry about what people think if he decides to use his strong arm tactics to crush security threats, small countries (Remember Georgia?), rebellions, protests...etc. He does not have any reservations at all. He's a ruthless dictator, but he also has the security forces and military to use at will, and he won't hesitate.
It is not even close..."reality" TV is far more important than world affairs for the vast majority. Al least 20 to 1, maybe 50 to 1 TV wins.
I feel sorry for the people of Ukraine but what could we possibly do?