"Do you think that the autonomous state of Maine could request that the Canadian military come and restore order in it? That makes as much sense."
If such a thing existed, and the central government fell as has happened in Kiev, yes, it would be far from inconceivable given those circumstances. Particularly if our hypothetical autonomous Maine were actually an autonomous Newfoundland say, which had been part of Canada for 150 years before being shifted into Maine as an administrative move during a period when Canada and the US were both subsumed in a third entity roughly 50 years ago.
Yes, you have to go into fantasy-land pretty far to tweak the circumstances enough to actually make it analogous but once you do it would be sensible and expected.
"I don't think it is really their decision to make unilaterally."
Well that's absurd. It's not unilateral, it's bilateral - Crimea requests and Russia accedes. What third parties do you think should be involved here?
"It's not a "putsch" if the parliament has the power to remove an official and does so."
But it is a putsch when armed hooligans, many of them frankly neo-nazis, many openly supported by foreign governments, take over the streets, cow the police, and run the elected government out of town, leaving a rump of opposition representatives (the ones that LOST free and fair elections recently) to simply invent a new government more to their liking. Quit being coy.
Yanukovych is apparently quite a putz but he is still the legally elected President of the Ukraine, and I believe he is in Russia, requesting assistance.
"I'm not sure where you think the US is displaying greater chutzpah compared to the Russians. After all, it is Russian troops invading and not the US. All the US is doing is talking, and condemning Russian actions like most of the world."
But again, there has been no invasion. Russian action has been remarkably restrained. They havent rolled on Kiev, they havent shot or bombed anyone, they have secured Crimea at the request of the Crimean government. If you are going to denounce their invasion you need to wait until it actually happens, surely!
The US has been doing most of the invading lately, it's the height of hypocrisy for the nation that invaded (really invaded, bombing and shooting and not invited) Iraq looking for WMDs to be pointing fingers at Russia and threatening sanctions and so forth.
"Is there a limit you would support on Russian action? Annex Crimea - OK, annex Ukraine - No? What about just Eastern Ukraine? Maybe a city or two?"
You misunderstand me, I dont support Russian action, I simply understand it well enough to see through the cheap propaganda. The Russian actions are Russian actions, my concern is with our own. What stake do we have in this mess? Why should our prestige, and eventually our blood and treasure, be on the line here?
I support self determination for all peoples. If it's good for the Ukrainians, why not for the Crimeans too? And if borders, modern borders drawn for particular political reasons in the last century, are so sacrosant that they trump this right, then how do we explain Kosovo, hmmm?