Washington has offered threats and sanctions to pressure Russia, but what kind of compromise is it pushing for?

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Ukraine’s interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will fly to Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday to discuss “how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea,” the White House announced over the weekend, a sign that the United States intends to advance its patronage of the new, West-facing government in Kiev, which Russia has decried as illegitimate.

As is to be expected Obama’s detractors on the right are unhappy with the fact that he hasn’t moved to start a war of mutual assured destruction with the Russian Federation.ukrainecrisis

For all the threats and sanctions from the U.S., wrote Leslie Gelb, a former government official and a president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S. has failed to convince Putin there is any real imperative for him to back down. “As it stands today, the Russians may feel that they can get away with their power grab,” he wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Beast. “Putin surely remembers how little [George W.] Bush did to punish Moscow for its meddling in Georgia in 2008 or for its practical annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Perhaps he now reckons that once again there will be no serious consequences for his territorial lust.”

There have been a chorus of criticism coming from the usual quarters like the Lindsay Graham of this world, yet no one have been able to say what they would actually do against Russia, a heavily armed Nuclear nation. Neocons love to play brinkmanship with American military might. Over the last two decades plus , America has engaged militarily in three major wars. In neither of these wars have the Russians or any other power intervened . Judging from the continued saber-rattling from the right, it appears nothing will please them unless they force a mushroom cloud vaporizing all of us.