We live in an interconnected world and the United States has a vital role in the stability of that world. The United States should make it abundantly clear to Russia that we expect them to honor the December 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which the U.S., Russia, and the United Kingdom reaffirmed their commitment "to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine." Russia should also be reminded that stability and territorial integrity go hand in hand with prosperity. Economic incentives align against Russian military involvement in Ukraine. Russia, which has begun to experience the benefits of expanded trade with World Trade Organization accession, should think long and hard about honoring their treaty obligations and fostering the stability that creates prosperity for its citizens. Most importantly, Russian intervention in Ukraine would be dangerous for both nations, and for the rest of the world.Relative to the Budapest Memorandum. America Thinker points out:
Interesting that both sides have apparently violated the agreement already, which in diplomacy usually means that the agreement would no longer be in effect.The US has been obviously meddling in the affairs of Ukraine and it is simply outrageous to think that the US should play any role in the affairs of the Ukraine. Ukraine is some 5,000 miles away from the US. It is no military threat, or any other threat, to the US and it sits on the border of Russia. For absolutely no good reason, the US is provoking the Russian Bear. For Rand to come down on the side of the neocon provocateurs in this situation tells you more about Rand then any of his other statements combined. MSM has long gotten the message that Rand is okay (SEE: Morning Joe: ”Rand Paul is singing my song! I love what he’s saying.”) and with the above statement from Rand we can clearly see why. He is one of them. A man for, and of, the Empire.