Thanks to Raissa for this interesting perspective.-A.M.
russiamapforbookmarksActually, the Crimea has been an integral part of Russia for centuries, Venezuela, Cuba has NOT been an even a peripheral part of the US.
   It`s got nothing to do with right or wrong, except to those who care about such things, to those who don`t it`s simply a military calculation.
  If it were not for some idiosyncratic machinations of Nikita Kruschev in the 1950s, the Crimea would have been continuously answerable to Moscow ( minus 1941-Apr-1944, of course).
  the US has always, historically, served it`s own interest, as  americans saw them. My question to you is, should the americans have done otherwise ? 
  However Putin is described in the western media but he is looking for the best interests of his country and Russia needs that warm water port…and the US did the same in Cuba and missiles and would do it again if Russia wanted to cozy up to any South American country that could threaten US security.

from the comment section: “The US brutally suppressed the Phillipines and made it a colony. Killed its own native inhabitants and marginilize them today. Invaded Mexico and took Texas and California away from them. Threatened Cuba with nuclear war and  isolate them still. Rode roughshod illegally in Central America, selling arms to Iran to finance it, all contrary to the wishes of congress. Rigged elections in Iran ousting people who had the interests of Iran at heart. Arranged a coup in the government of Vietnam, leading to war and the death of 60,000 Americans and countless Vietnamese. Invaded Grenada because we didn’t like they had Russian aid building an airport and protect American students. Started a war in Iraq on a false pretense, killing tens of thousands of people and leaving it a mess.  This is a partial list. And now, we can’t understand why Russia is nervous about a country directly on its border, containing its 200 year old naval base and undergoing a violent overthrow of government.  Total hypocrisy. “

 
Examine, look at US international behavior over the past 180 years. Facts can be so pesky when pitted against belief.


Another perspective…

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The following appeared on Bostonglobe.com:
Headline: American exceptionalism and Putin – The Boston Globe
Date:     Mar 25, 2014

Here’s the funny thing about Americans: We believe that our country is exceptional — unique and special in the world. But at the same time, we think that everyone else can and should be just like us. When we look into the faces of protesters in Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Ukraine, we identify with their hopes and dreams. We imagine they want to be just like us. That faith in the universality of democracy is an essential part of who Americans are. But sometimes our blind faith in “the will of the people” seems too blind. We’re so gung ho about democracy that we forget how long it really takes to get right. We cheer on these revolutions at the beginning, until they take their inevitable turn for the worst. After the hated leader loses his grip on power, chaos descends. Mobs get drunk on their own authority. Bad guys gain the upper hand. Then we get disgusted. We realize that they aren’t like us after all, and we leave. (Think: Afghanistan.) Those who have little faith in democracy watch this pattern with disdain. Vladimir Putin is hardly a popular guy these days, but it’s worth taking a look at the world through his eyes.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/03/24/american-exceptionalism-and-putin/rDQf4SicEQ6k8bYobR5wlI/story.html?s_campaign=8315