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    There are a plethora of articles to choose from on any news website.

    What do you think Pres. Obama should do? What do you think Pres. Obama will do?

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    What should he do? Work with the Security Council to discuss sanctions and any other action.


    What will he do? Stick the US' nose into it. This is just the Cold War coming back to bite us all, same as Afghanistan.


    I am genuinely afraid.

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    While I am afraid for the situation as well, but I disagree that the answer is to keep our nose out of it. If we let a country concur other sovern nation, then then they might also concur us. I am not saying the answer is to invade ourselves, but the answer also is not to announce the downsize of our military. As for the cold war, a cold war is far better than a wold war.

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    We are not the Ukraine; we are the sole superpower left on Earth. No country on Earth would even think of trying to conquer the U.S.

    ITA with what this article says. There's more at the beginning about what is wrong with most of the other suggested tactic, but here's the last part that ITA with:

    Michael McFaul, Obama's recently departed ambassador to Russia, suggests that Putin's soft underbelly may be the business interests that have close economic ties with the world, especially Europe. Russia's superwealthy hide so much money in European banks, they almost brought down the country of Cyprus.

    If Moscow doesn't back down, "Obama should make clear that its aggression will comprehensively damage all aspects of Russia's relations with the United States," says The Washington Post in an editorial. "Obama should make clear that he will no longer shrink from applying sanctions to Russian leaders and businesses complicit in aggression or human rights violations." Congress is already considering legislation to that effect. The Post's editors say Obama needn't wait:

    An expanded list of Russian officials subject to visa denials and asset freezes that was drawn up by the State Department late last year should be immediately approved by the White House. Russian officials in the chain of command of the Ukraine invasion, as well as Russian companies and banks operating in Crimea, should be the next targets of financial sanctions.

    The most powerful nonmilitary tool the United States possesses is exclusion from its banking system. Mr. Obama should make clear that if Russia does not retreat from Ukraine, it will expose itself to this sanction, which could sink its financial system. Russia's economy, unlike that of the Soviet Union, is heavily dependent on Western trade and investment. It must be made clear to the Kremlin that the Ukraine invasion will put that at risk. [Washington Post]

    If Putin's power really does lie not only in a firm grip on the legislature, media, and various other sources of power, but also a system of oligarchic patronage, the U.S. and Europe have the tools to erode the support of the oligarchs. If a few Moscow-favored businessmen make trouble, Putin can just send them to jail (see: Khodorkovsky, Mikhail) or (allegedly) poison them. But what if a critical mass of Russia's wealthy elite saw their offshore wealth and travel privileges threatened?

    No man is an island. That includes Vladimir Putin.
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    The US should not stay completely out of it, nor should it move on its own and get itself into a war the UN will have to get it out of once again.

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