Let's take a look at motives for an invasion:
- Militarily, the two nations are relatively weak unless they combine forces, including nuclear weapons and Black Sea ports in the Ukraine, Russia's army and air forces, and recombination of naval hardware and personnel.
- “Russia was founded in the Ukraine, in Kiev. Imagining a Russia without Kiev is like trying to imagine an America without Boston. Russia without the Ukraine is a country; Russia with Ukraine is an empire.” - John Pike, director of Globalsecurity.org.
The next move may be a return to Georgia or, possibly, Belarus, or both. Imagine (dare I make the comparison to the "War of Northern Aggression?") the U.S. split in two.
- Ukraine has a labor force of over 22 million, with agricultural wealth, metals, service industries, and industrial machinery.
- How far do I need to go?
Have I missed anything?
Oh, yeah! The Great Pretender, BHO, is expressing HizPenandPhoneMajesty's official displeasure and stomping his foot and threatening to boycott the G8 in, of all places, Sochi! It's a win-win for the Beltway Crowd and for their friends in the EU. Putin won't back down, and they get to say they tried, and B.O. gets to look like the great peacemaker.