A variety of sources appear to confirm that Ukraine is going to apply for membership of NATO. RAsmussen suggests that such an application would receive favourable consideration. Exactly how fast and in what form NATO action, if any, might be is unknown.
Is America so sure that Putin won't respond to such provocation militarily or is that what they wish for?
It now appears quite clear that America is going to make a grab for global hegemony, dragging its partners (Europe and the ABCA allies) with it. If Putin is faced down and/or blinks, however one puts it, there is no obstacle left to America doing anything it wants in the Middle East or anywhere else on earth if the spirit so moves.
Exactly what America wishes to do is to remake the world in its own image as evidenced by the free trade agreements it has been trying to ram down peoples throats for at least a decade.
Furthermore, the average American has no influence whatsoever in the determination of policy, so that avenue of appeal is closed.
It is a beautiful late winter day here with a promise of spring, yet I feel like some must have felt in August 1914. What can we do? What can anyone do?