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Hold on a sec, Dave

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Submitted by Doctor Weasel (United States), Apr 1, 2022 at 17:29

"too timid about implicating NATO in Ukraine's defense, rasing doubts about NATO and clearly betraying the '94 treaty to protect Ukrainian sovereignty"
Ukraine is not a NATO member, so NATO should carefully consider the costs and risks of intervening, as well as the costs and risks of doing nothing. NATO should hold its thunder until there is a direct threat to a NATO member. NATO's biggest blunders (Libya 2011, Kosovo 1999) were when its leaders forgot it was a defensive alliance.
The 1994 Memorandum was not a treaty. The USA has no treaty obligation to defend Ukraine. That makes this a war of choice that would very quickly put US forces directly against Russian forces. It wouldn't necessarily lead to a nuclear exchange with Russia, but that's the way to bet. Too much risk.

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