Skip to comments.Ukraine Doesn't Deserve America's Blind Support
Posted on 12/05/2018 7:00:43 PM PST by Pining_4_TX
The recent clash between Russian and Ukrainian naval vessels in the Kerch Strait has generated a flurry of alarm. NATO was compelled to call an emergency meeting with Ukraine and the UN Security Council convened an urgent session to discuss the crisis. Exercising their usual tendency to oversimplify murky geopolitical rivalries, Western officials and journalists embraced the knee-jerk narrative that the incident is yet another case of Vladimir Putins blatant aggression and outlaw behavior against its peace-loving, democratic neighbor. Right on cue, CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets dispatched stridently anti-Russian editorials masquerading as news stories.
In reality, the Kerch Strait incident involves a complex mixture of factors. They include the tense Russian-Ukrainian bilateral relationship, Kievs broader foreign policy objectives, and Ukraines volatile domestic politics.
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I agree the Ukraine is not guiltless, and that Russia has a good case.
But, for heaven’s sake,none of it is the business of the US.
As John Adams said, While we encourage liberty abroad, we are custodians only of our own. And we do not go abroad to seek dragons to slay. (paraphrase).
And then there is Washington’s advice to stay out of foreign entanglements — because foreign nations would only wish to use us to aid their own causes.
Sad to say I still see some on FR who still want more foriegn US involvement when we need to stay the hell out and worry about our business here not over there.
It’s against international law to threaten a bridge like Ukraine has done. Russia has also broken a number of international laws. That said, we need both of them to behave so we can keep a balance of power and strategic and economic interests.
Our support for Ukraine might be justified if Russia were acting like Germany was acting before WW-II, when continual appeasement encouraged a Germany bent on conquest to continually push the envelope. But can we really say that, if we don’t reverse Russia’s acquisition of the Crimea, they’ll keep trying for more? And what is our stake in the Crimea? Russia certainly has more of a claim on the formerly Russian Crimea than Germany ever had over Poland and Austria.
“The United States does not have vital strategic or moral interests at stake in the overall Ukraine-Russia quarrel, much less the latest parochial spat in the Kerch Strait. A cautious, restrained posture is appropriate.”
There are dozens here on FR that will side with Ukraine, no matter what. No matter how illiberal they are in all their domestic and international affairs.
Because they share the same hatred of Russia that the Ukrainian government does.
Oh, and it’s none of our business here in the US. We don’t have a dog in that fight and never have.
Hopefully we never will.
Certainly any talk or hope of Ukraine joining NATO are the ramblings of the insane. Or the stupid.
But, for heavens sake,none of it is the business of the US.
It is our business only in the sense that the US & EU installed the gangster regime in Kiev. There is much blood on our hands. And Trump is being bullied into making it worse.
Ukraine is corrupt. I big historical victim too, thanks to the Russians. A potential great economy? They’ll have to do it on their own.
But there are other Trump positions that are deeply disturbing, if not outright offensive to the kind of non-interventionists (or cosmopolitan realists) who have filled the ranks of Catos foreign policy program. Trumps hostility to free trade is both disappointing and myopic. But his stance on immigration is even worse. His proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico to keep out undocumented Hispanic migrants is not only impractical, it conveys a message of hostility to such populations. Trumps stance on Muslim immigration, especially his call for a temporary ban, conveys such hostility with even greater clarity. His support for trade protectionism, combined with adamant opposition to liberal (or even reasonably humane) immigration policies and indeed his overall xenophobic rhetoric understandably alienate more cosmopolitan non-interventionists. What they may find difficult to admit, though, is that Trumps type of insular, intolerant nationalism has a long history within the non-interventionist camp.
Sell the Ukraine out just like Great Britain did Czechoslovakia. Sure, why not what do you care if free Ukraine is once again subjugated under the merciless hob nailed boot of Russian tyranny.
Putins stooges running American Conservatives.
Hey Mueler check them out.
Especially since it was Obama, Merkel, Nuland and others who turned Ukraine on its head
Are you really going to assign collective guilt to all Russians and Russia in perpetuity for what the international communists did in the Soviet Union when
1) Russians fought a bloody civil war to stop the communists, many killed and fleeing for their lives
2) Anyone who refused commands of Stalin etc was summarily killed or sent to death camps, often along with their whole family
3) Stalin wasn’t even Russian you know
Just go ahead and form your own Lincoln brigade and go over there and fight. As for my family, where done supporting idiotic foreign adventures.
I make absolutely no apologies, Russia has had ongoing, never ending designs on Ukraine for centuries. And they want it still.
If Russia, which gained territory illegally thru threats, subversion and aggression, is allowed to dictate the terms of “free passage” on important water ways, then Iran will control the Straits of Hormuz and if the Houthis (Iran’s allies in Yemen) take over that country, they can claim control over the Red Sea and adjoining major bodies of water.
Stop aggression now, or Red China will rule the Pacific/South China seas and any other body of water they want to claim.
Actually helping the Ukraine requires much planning and hard work on getting past the corruption.
[Our support for Ukraine might be justified if Russia were acting like Germany was acting before WW-II]
Russia has traditionally been the overweening imperial power in the region. It started over 600 years ago, when Dmitri Donskoi threw off the Mongol yoke. Today, Russia is almost 2x the size of the second largest country in the world (Canada). And yet it doesn’t yet have enough land. That’s not a sign of a country whose territorial ambitions will ever be sated.
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