Here's a very brief video (less than a minute) in which President Putin of Russia describes how he sees the USA's position right now. I highly recommend that you watch it. He's speaking in Russian, but subtitles (in English) should come on automatically, because I've coded for them. If they don't, please click over to the video on YouTube and activate them there.
I think he's hit the nail squarely on the head. What say you, readers?
As I said yesterday, I challenge anyone to identify the compelling national security interest of the USA in Ukraine. All anyone's been able to come up with so far is "muh DEMOCRACY!" and the like. Ukraine must sort out its own politics - and democracy there is no more than a chimera, a pipe-dream, and has been for centuries, not decades or years. The same applies to Russia. They're not only foreign nations, they're foreign cultures, thinking, feeling and behaving very, very differently from ourselves. That's no problem, of course - they're entitled to that - but it means we interfere at our peril, because we can't visualize the situation through their eyes, and sense their visceral reactions (which are nothing like those they display for public consumption).
President Putin is a pragmatist and a realist. President Biden and his administration are not. They're trying to use Ukraine to re-focus public attention away from their many, many shortcomings and failings. They won't succeed.
(To read an absolutely devastating fisking of the Biden administration's and Democratic Party's shortcomings after one year in power, go read Larry Correia's latest.)