The latest research from YouGov shows that the American public has little appetite for any involvement in Ukraine. Asked whether the international community as a whole has a responsibility to get involved in resolving the situation in Ukraine, less than a third of Americans (30%) think that what is going on in Ukraine is the world's business [...]Neocons are desperate to reignite the Cold War, while other Republicans just want an excuse to attack the president, once a calculating dictator, now a feckless appeaser (consistency is not their strong suit). The punditry is giddy with idiot proclamations like "biggest test of Obama's presidency" because it's March and they'd be otherwise bored.
Support for any US intervention to defend Ukraine against a Russian invasion is even lower. Only 18% say that the US has any responsibility to protect Ukraine, while 46% say that the US does not. Support for helping to protect Ukraine is higher among Republicans (26%) than among Democrats (13%) but just under half of both groups say that the US has no responsibility to defend Ukraine.
The reality is that this is an unfortunate flareup in a part of the world that is only tangentially relevant to US interests. And it concerns a nuclear superpower over which the United States has little direct influence. Think about it—conservatives gush over Putin's "leadership" because he doesn't take shit from anyone and wrestles bears! So if that's the case, why would Putin listen to Obama? And what is Obama supposed to do, issue military threats it can't back up, try to wield moral authority our nation lost in Iraq? Should he challenge Putin to a wrestling match?
Luckily, the American people are smarter than the idiot pundits and blood-crazed conservatives. This isn't our problem. We are not the world's policemen. And the last decade of war has clearly stripped the American people of any new warlust.