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Last time I was arguing with Trump supporters. When I was doing that I was obviously a RINO “cuck”, a NeverTrumper who didn’t learn my lesson in 2016 and was probably on Ron DeSantis’ payroll. (Or was it George Soros?)
This time my afternoon was taken up arguing with a supporter of the US throwing trillions into the Russo-Ukrainian conflict. That means I am obviously a MAGA cultist, an alt-right nut job, AND simultaneously in the back pocket of Code Pink.
That makes me the most schizophrenic SOB on the planet or it just means that our politics have descended into cartoonish dimensions. I think I’ll side with the latter.
Ask what the American interest in Ukraine is and you get cartoonish answers. “A clear cause of liberty.” I’m sorry. When I think of Ukraine I think of a corrupt kleptocracy, not a bastion of “liberty.” That argument has as much depth of thought as a WWI recruitment poster. “But if we don’t stop Putin here, he will go for the Balkans!” The Balkans? Really? And exactly what part of the 20th Century is it where you live? The majority of the Balkans are NATO members. Invading them would trigger WWIII just as easily as invading Poland or the Baltic states.
If there’s anything we should have learned over the last 18 months, it’s that Russia is not the Big Bad Bear of our 1960s nightmares. Who believed more in the capabilities of the Russian military? Putin or American NeoCons? And, of course, there is the other disconnect — the idea that Putin is a madman just itching to invade this neighboring country and that neighboring country but always a “rational actor” that would never press the nuclear button.
But beyond all that, should Ukraine fall tomorrow, at what disadvantage does that put America? What vital American interest falls (or rises) with Ukraine? And I’m not talking about some esoteric horse hockey psychological answer about “emboldening our enemies.” I mean real, substantive strategic impairment of American interests. We will we starve without Ukrainian wheat? Does our Navy desperately need Ukrainian ports? Will New York freeze without Burisma natural gas? No, no, and hell, no.
But then again, I’m a “right-tanky vatnik f*wit piece of s***,” or so I’ve been told. But if we’re going to descend into name-calling condensation… “How’s that Raytheon stock working for you?”Published in