Ukraine trouble has no bearing on U.S.

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The United States should avoid any involvement in Ukraine’s conflict, including the levying of sanctions. The fate of Crimea has no bearing on our national security, and there is no justification for deploying our economic or diplomatic, let alone military, assets to defend it, other than to assert America’s status as a major power against Russia.

Those who cite international law or humanitarian grounds fail to consider that the bulk of Crimea’s population welcomes Russian annexation. Footage from even the most pro-Ukrainian newscasts suggests that the Crimeans are far happier to see Russian troops than the Iraqis and Afghans ever were to see American soldiers.

M.P. GALLEN
Oakland


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