February 27, 2024

The Ukraine War at Two Years

Americans have tired of supporting an apparently unwinnable European war.

It’s been two years since Russian forces invaded Ukraine. That’s two years of bitter warfare, which early on appeared to favor a plucky Ukrainian military attempting to accomplish the seemingly impossible: a victory over the mighty Russian war machine.

But those promises inspired by significant early success have been all but forgotten, as the Russian military has slowly but surely reversed the tide and is now slogging its way forward. This prompts a question: If Time magazine and other ostensible experts are correct in asserting that Ukraine can’t win, then why should the U.S. spend billions on an apparently lost cause?

Of course, such are the sentiments that Russian strongman Vladimir Putin hopes to continue to cultivate. His message has been consistent: Russian victory is inevitable, so why continue drawing it out?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been doing his utmost to keep military aid coming in, specifically from the U.S. Yet even with the Senate having passed another $60 billion in military aid to his beleaguered nation, Republicans in the House are far from on board. Speaker Mike Johnson knows that the majority of his Republican conference is wary of another massive spending bill, given that Americans are frustrated with the bad economy and out-of-control border crisis.

A recent Rasmussen poll underscores this reality, with 82% wanting the border secure and 54% wanting the border problem fixed before anymore money is spent on Ukraine. That said, the poll found that 64% of Americans still support sending arms to Ukraine.

However, the poll notes that just 50% of Republicans feel that way, which is the reality that Speaker Johnson faces.

Ukraine has been a failure for Joe Biden — just one more to add to his litany of foreign policy disasters. He has shown little to no leadership, and his plan appears to be little other than issuing stern warnings and a few sanctions and then hoping for the best.

Like Barack Obama’s lead-from-behind approach, Biden has mostly been reacting to the aggression of our enemies. Of course, what results from this is a lack of a clear vision and goals. All that it ensures are unending quagmires, inconsistent policies, and distrust from our allies.

America used to be able to lead abroad and deal with problems at home. These two areas were not mutually exclusive. The trouble is that Biden is failing Americans at home and, therefore, failing abroad. Biden has abjectly failed to do what he claimed he came into office to do: unite the country. Instead, he has sown division at almost every turn. He has refused to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, instead labeling them as “dangerous,” “extremists,” “MAGA Republicans,” and a threat to democracy.

In addition, Biden ridiculously blames the GOP for the border crisis that his own de facto open-border policy created. When it comes to the economy, he refuses to acknowledge that the vast majority of Americans are suffering due to high inflation. Instead, he insists that things are great.

If the economy was doing well and our southern border was secure, more Americans would be willing to help fund Ukraine. But as long as Americans effectively see Biden putting the country last, they’re not going to support spending billions on an apparently unwinnable war.

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