Though the US government helped overthrow the elected government in Ukraine and is arming forces in Kiev, it can not make the economic sanctions against Russia work. The primary problem lies with Europe which has little to no interest in cutting off its energy supply from Russia, but another problem is America itself which has actually increased sales to Russia since sanctions were imposed. That’s called failing.

Not only have US sales to Russia increased, but American businesses are less than sanguine about any new sanctions. The quixotic quest of the imperial adventurists in Congress and the White House has led to a fracturing of relations among the cowboys in the government and the more reality oriented business community that sees new sanctions as a cost with no real benefit.

Expanded sanctions are likely to face opposition from many business groups. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for one, argues that imposing sanctions that are tougher than those that European nations are willing to impose would hurt U.S. businesses without doing much to undercut the Russian economy.

“The fact that the United Sates accounts for less than 5 percent of Russia’s international commerce will limit the sanctions’ impact on Russian policy,” Myron Brilliant, the head of international affairs at the Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.

America’s proxy war in Ukraine is the endgame of a long strategy following the end of the Cold War to push Russian power and influence back to its own border. What started as a jog down a smooth trail from East Berlin turned into hard sledding in the states bordering Russia. While the ideology of communism faded, Russia’s traditional game of power politics remained which entails looking at countries like Ukraine as a sphere of influence that should not be surrendered lightly to US/EU forces. And make no mistake, Ukraine will not be “independent” if it assimilates into the US/EU system.

While Crimea is permanently out of reach from Kiev, the fate of East Ukraine is going to be determined by the struggle between the separatist forces backed by Russia and the unification forces in Kiev backed by the United States and EU. And though much righteous rhetoric has been spouted by the US and EU, it seems much of that claimed resolve dissipates when money hits the table.