Though the people of Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia not everyone in the region is happy about it. Many ethnic Tatars boycotted the election in hopes of denying it legitimacy as their small numbers would not effect the outcome. And some in the Ukrainian military forces in Crimea wanted to continue to assert authority.
Russian forces have begun telling the Ukrainian military to get out of Crimea which has led to casualties such as when a gun fight broke out at a military base leaving one Ukrainian officer dead and another wounded. The group that came to power in the overthrow in Kiev has said that this could lead to war but even those in Western Ukraine seem unwilling to fight the Russians. This unwillingness likely stems from near certain defeat.
Meanwhile Americans are pushing back against adventurism and the idea of financially bailing out Ukraine. Former Congressman Ron Paul may have caught the mood of most Americans in his piece in USA Today:
Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away? Critics point to the Russian “occupation” of Crimea as evidence that no fair vote could have taken place. Where were these people when an election held in an Iraq occupied by U.S. troops was called a “triumph of democracy”?
Perhaps the U.S. officials who supported the unconstitutional overthrow of Ukraine’s government should refocus their energies on learning our own Constitution, which does not allow the U.S. government to overthrow governments overseas or send a billion dollars to bail out Ukraine and its international creditors.
Ouch. That truth stings.
But it is not just libertarians that are skeptical of shoveling economic, let alone military support to the gang in power in Kiev. Peter Beinart notes that “America is Too Broke to Rescue Ukraine.”
We’re long past the era when America and its allies can spend vast sums to promote Western ideals and interests around the world. Except, of course, in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the U.S. is on pace to spend the equivalent of eight or nine Marshall Plans. Too bad we haven’t spent more on those wars. According to John McCain, the extra money just might have saved Ukraine.
Sorry McCain you have already gotten your pointless and expensive wars for the time being, no mas.
We have yet to see polling on it, but I would imagine the support for spending billions in Ukraine to prop up an illegal government in Kiev is not where most Americans want their tax money going. Especially in the age of austerity when we are sacrificing our people on the mantle of “fiscal responsibility.”