Maybe it's just me, but I se those two options as being the same. Do unto others what they do unto you. I have to give the entire U.S. government a big applause for the control they have shown. If I was in a position of power I would have reacted swiftly and violently, without taking the time to stand back and take a good look at the situation and assess all my options. I would have retargeted the entire European arsenal away from China and Russia and removed the whole of the middle east, essentially creating the Arabian ocean.
I have the fortune of being able to stand at the side lines and watch the goings on to the south.
I think it is foolhardy to believe that the American people will allow their government to do nothing. As a Canadian, I have seen to many of my fellow countymen stand idly by while having their pockets picked, and opions dictated to them by the government. This is something that can and will not happen in the U.S.
There is a reason why America is the land of oportunity and why so many people risk all to become part of it...or destroy part of it. The people!