@jimbo: Well thought out response. I'm a little confused about a few points, so I'd like to ask a few questions to better understand your position.
"They wanted to flip Putin the bird and join our gang instead"
Who is our gang?
"We don't need to go to war with Russia, but we do need to stand up to them."
Why do we (U.S.) need to stand up to Putin?
"Anyone taking a 'this doesn't have anything to do with us, therefore we shouldn't get involved' view on this needs to read more history books."
Can you give me the Cliff notes of why the U.S. needs to be involved in this situation? Short of that, maybe a specific situation that parallels this one?
Thank you for reading this thread and replying, I appreciate it.
EDIT: I see you've responded already. I'm going to read that and then reframe my questions.