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With the U.S. coffers beyond dwindling ($17 trillion in debt is nothing to sneeze at), America should skip Ukraine. The United States misplayed both Iraq and Afghanistan; of course we should have gone into both, but we should have left Afghanistan after we crushed the Taliban, and cut from Iraq after we took out Saddam Hussein. Our work was done — and if we needed to go in again, we could have.

But if the “world” is so concerned with Russia, let it come to the rescue. The time for America policing the entire world has got to come to an end, for one simple reason: We just can’t afford it.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times. He can be reached at and on Twitter @josephcurl.