We have been reading and hearing stories in the past few weeks about tensions in Ukraine, especially eastern Ukraine. As far as I am concerned, the United States has no vital interest in this controversy or in this region.
If the people of eastern Ukraine want to be independent of the national government in Kiev, so be it. If they want to unite with Russia, that is their business. They have been treated badly for many years by the Ukrainian central government and they are impoverished. If I were in their position, I probably would want independence from western Ukraine.
The people of Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia and that is also their business. I am sure they had good reasons for preferring Russia to Ukraine and that is their prerogative.
We need to stop being the world’s policeman and acting as if we know what’s best for people in distant lands. This policy has been costing us dearly since 2001 both in money and lives. The United States will be bankrupt in 20 years unless we stop getting involved in military ventures overseas.