On February 28th, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to President Obama's "hastily arranged" speech against Russian military intervention in the Ukraine by saying the U.S. needs to suspend "Russian membership in the Group of Eight (G8)," and we need to do so "immediately."
Now this sounds logical and like something Reagan would do....but is Obama smart enough to listen?? Doubtful...
Also this advice from a former Navy Admiral...
If it wasn't for a treaty between the UK and US I kind of think the US should stay out of it but we have to keep our word to allies, otherwise we will lose any respect we have left with allies and enemies will continue to ignore any threats we make.
Update 3:30pm MST:
However...according to Opinio Juris professor Kevin Jon Heller,Professor of Criminal Law
SOAS, University of London
The treaty wasn't ratified?the Budapest Memorandum does not oblige the US or UK to defend Ukraine against a Russian invasion?? http://ht.ly/u8FtC ;
Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has held that the Rome Statute is not in conformity with the Ukrainian Constitution http://ht.ly/u8FGT ;
Ukraine has signed but not ratified the Rome Statute. And it can’t without Parliament’s intervention http://ht.ly/u8FDU ;
Update 4:26 pm MST:
In addition, Ukraine chose not to join NATO.... Ukraine failed to join the NATO alliance and therefore cannot invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty http://t.co/gMRfMhURq8
The Magnitsky Act,passed by Congress in 2012,enables the US to deny entry&banking services to senior Russian figures. http://ht.ly/u8Hz3
...Obama has also tarnished the European Union’s diplomatic credibility http://ht.ly/u8Hw7
Ukraine failed to join the NATO alliance and therefore cannot invoke Article 5 of the NATO treaty http://ht.ly/u8Htk
Putin can choose at any moment to become the first Russian leader to enlarge the cntry’s borders since Joseph Stalin. http://ht.ly/u8Hr7
The parliament in Moscow is drawing up a bill for Crimea’s rapid annexation http://ht.ly/u8Hqw
Invasion?Crimea“requested” Putin send his forces to ensure security in Crimea,&he benevolently granted their request. http://ht.ly/u8HlE
Update 3 4:52pm MST:
Russia says any movements by its military in Crimea are in line with agreements with Ukraine in lease of a naval base http://ht.ly/u8JXS
France, Britain and Germany issued calls for de-escalation in Crimea http://ht.ly/u8JT3
Putin to Obama in phone conversation today:"Russia reserves its right to protect its interests" http://ht.ly/u8JPP
//so there, now what?