Can't Do Nothin' For Ya

This is about all we can do about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine:

The United States is halting all military engagement with Russia due to the crisis in Ukraine — including military exercises, meetings and port visits, the Pentagon said Monday.

"Although the Department of Defense finds value in the military-to-military relationship with the Russian Federation we have developed over the past few years to increase transparency, build understanding, and reduce the risk of military miscalculation we have, in light of recent events in Ukraine, put on hold all military-to-military engagements between the United States and Russia. This includes exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

"We call on Russia to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine and for Russian forces in Crimea to return to their bases, as required under the agreements governing the Russia Black Sea Fleet," he added.

The picture you see above is the entrance to the headquarters of a thing called EUCOM. Ask them how many divisions they have and then think about what matters: do we really want to go to war over Ukraine? Can we afford to do so?

If the answer is yes, then EUCOM needs forty divisions. America has them, but it will take us about a year to send them all over to Central Europe. From there, they will have to travel through Germany and Poland to reach Ukraine. 

If everyone wants war, then that's what it will take at the very least.

President Obama really has no options other than the diplomatic and economic ones. The United Nations and NATO have no divisions, either. Who will they send? They can't send anyone in time to save the Ukrainian forces under the Russian thumb in Crimea. They could send letters, and they could send envoys, and maybe a plane full of teddy bears, but that's about it.

It's sad, but lots of things are sad. Ignore the people who are commanding the president to lead or do something. They have no idea what it would take to eject a Russian land army from a former Soviet bloc satellite country.

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