The “parties” rarely have better ideas. The people do, but getting heard is not easy. Nobody wants boots on the ground in Ukraine except Putin. We all have seen the disastrous results ever since WWII: zero wins, thousands of dead American soldiers. I think we can agree on the following: Russian citizens are not at fault; Crimean and Ukrainian citizens are blameless. So we do not want to kill people. What action does that leave us?
Kill Russian property. Don’t kill the Earth’s resources, like Ukrainian oil pipelines. What happened when bin Laden took out the Trade Center? America became enraged, but we didn’t know where bin Laden was. But we know where the Kremlin is. When we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki we gave notice so citizens could evacuate. Too many failed to believe our capability. We can give Putin 48 hours to evacuate the Kremlin and then take it out. If we see Russian troops and equipment streaming out of Crimea and Ukraine, we will hold off.
Russia is still a second-rate nation with a second-rate military and Putin knows it. Fox News is ignoring my idea. I wonder why.