Russian tanks and troops are massing on the eastern border of the Ukraine near the city of Belgorod – raising the specter of further military action in Eastern Europe.

In defiance of American saber-rattling, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems ready to expand on last month’s bloodless annexation of the Crimean peninsula of the Ukraine.

He wants more … specifically Eastern Ukraine, which is home to millions of native Russians (most of whom seem eager to rejoin the Motherland). These regions of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly in 2010 for Russo-friendly Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych – who was removed from power by the Ukrainian parliament last month.

Yeah … so much for Democratic elections.

Why shouldn’t these ex-Russians be reunited with their former countrymen?

That’s a good question …

According to U.S. Sen. John McCain (RINO-Arizona), though, this isn’t about popular will – it’s about Putin being a “tyrant hell-bent on restoring the Soviet empire.”

Really? Even if that were true, it doesn’t make stopping Russian “aggression” in Crimea or Eastern Ukraine the job of America’s military.

“Policing the world (or attempting to) is one of the reasons current and future generations of American taxpayers are staring down a $17 trillion debt,” we wrote early on in this drama. “We cannot afford to get involved – but even if we could, there is simply no compelling national interest to justify such involvement.”

Also, it’s becoming abundantly clear America’s tough talk is having absolutely no impact whatsoever on Russian intentions in Eastern Ukraine.

Don’t believe us?

Take a look …

That is what a total lack of respect for America looks like, people …