Hi! Writing from the Ukrainian capitol - Kyiv. The streets ran with blood, but it seems the revolutionaries have one. As to what the US should
have done...we should have put on targeted person sanctions and frozen the assets of the major oligarchs and government figures in Ukraine.
So, sanctions don't work.
That's a big claim.
They hurt the economy, maybe, but gives the President of Ukraine someone to blame for the hard times.
Not personal sanctions. Personal sanctions just affect the elite of the country, and thereby make oligarchs less supportive of the corrupt regime. It massively increases the chances of defection.
It also reduces our influence and trade.
Lol, do you think Ukraine is more or less likely to be friendly and trade with the United States now that Yanukovych is out of office?
Since stronger free trade between nations reduces the chance of said nations going to war, sanctions tend to be a bad idea.
Okay. This is the 21st Century. What do REALLY think the chances of are the United States invading Ukraine? And Ukraine can't get to the United States.
America should stay out of it completely; making a statement regarding it should be the most intervention it provides.
When the United States had to make this decision, protesters were literally bleeding on the streets. The riot police were openly using live firearms and slaughtering their own people. The United States claims to stand for justice and human rights - we can't neglect the use of all coercive measures (which is what you do if you refuse to use sanctions, unless you want military intervention) if we want to effectively stand for that position.
The European Union should do the same, except provide fairly significant diplomatic assistance.
Though crass, I thought Victoria Nuland had some excellent thoughts on the European Union's response to the Euromaidan situation.