Crimea, Sevastopol, Russian Black Sea Fleet, Kiev, Russians living in eastern Ukraine.....all very important....to Russia. But why to us? the United States? We have no treaty with Ukraine, no vital interests there. Why are we getting involved?
Did the Russians get involved when we were busy overthrowing the government in Guatemala to save United Fruit Company's bananas? or supporting the Shah of Iran to save American oil interests? or reservationizing (Is that a word?) Sitting Bull and Geronimo and Elizabeth Warren and all the rest? Ans.: No, no, and no.
So why are we getting involved when the shoe is on the other...Tea Room?
"Harumph, harumph, we cannot abide such imperialism," said the British after finally being thrown out of every country in the world. 'The sun never sets on the British Empire.' Oh, sorry, that was last week.
"Sacre Bleu, mon ami," said the French after Dien Bien Phu finally ended 'French' Indo China. "Thees Russians, we cannot allow this imperialism expansion. Who do they think they are? Us? Non, Non. Non."
"Anyone want a waffle?" said the Belgian ambassador after the last Belgian soldier left the Belgian Congo leaving it The just plain Congo, the absolutely poorest country on the planet.
And, from the samovar,
1) Putin is not Hitler and Hitler was not Putin. Hitler, the vermin of vermins, killed because he thought that was the way the world was supposed to be. With Putin, if you don't get between him and his millions (billions?), you should be okay.
2) The world would be a better place with a happy and prosperous Russia that trades with everyone rather than with a poor and regularly sanctioned Russia that has nothing to trade with anyone.3) Continuing to pursue a 'NATO Creep' policy that tries to get all the countries that border Russia to become part of NATO will eventually get someone hurt, maybe killed. Accidents happen.