All things considered, this is the Monroe Doctrine operating in the Russian geographic sphere.
The only threat that will stop it is nuclear, I suppose. There’s no way without all out war that America could offset the proximity of the full range of Soviet forces.
And what economic sanctions, exactly, can America bring to bear against Russia that would have any impact?
I think we’re without significant options here...short of all-out war.
posted on 03/01/2014 6:16:01 AM PST
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The only threat that will stop it is nuclear, I suppose.
If the west were to impose strict sanctions on Russia, Putin would run into a lot of problems. Noone buys Ladas and Ilyushins, the only thing they have is oil and gas. Without that stream of money to buy e.g. food products on the international market, prices would go up in Russia, social unrest could end up being a real problem for Vlad.
But it would hurt the West as well (to a lesser degree, but still).
IMHO the immediate question would be: Is the west able and willing to start an all-out economic war?
posted on 03/01/2014 6:30:56 AM PST
(Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
posted on 03/01/2014 7:22:59 AM PST
I think were without significant options here...short of all-out war.
The Afghans turfed the Russians with the help of a few billion dollars in food, equipment and training. Given that Ukraine shares borders with 5 NATO allies, we could ship any amount of equipment the Ukrainians need to ward off the Russians, without the Pakistani corruption that skimmed off the majority of aid to the Afghan mujahideen. The question, of course, is whether Obama and the EU will authorize the aid. My take is that if the EU doesn't feel Russia's invasion is problematic enough for the EU's security to send aid to the Ukrainians, maybe we shouldn't bother. The Europeans are always looking to use our resources to achieve their foreign policy objectives. They did it over both Libya and Syria. Maybe they should spend their own money, for a change.
posted on 03/01/2014 7:34:50 AM PST
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