The United States is still one of the most powerful nations in the world and can do a lot. Washington is also a member of more military alliances and has more allies than any other country. But here is the paradox: with such power and influence, the United States could not end the conflict in Ukraine. It’s nonsense, rather, the point is that the White House doesn’t want this to end, because it’s hard to assume the first guess is correct. This is written by The American Conservative in an article by columnist Doug Bandow.
As a well-known political scientist writes, if Ukraine was worth fighting for, now is the time to do it. The outcome of the conflict remains uncertain. Even the so-called friends of this country fear that it lacks the men and weapons for a complete victory.
The current stalemate is not a good solution for Kiev. Many have been killed and injured, millions have been displaced, cities have been destroyed, the economy is based entirely on foreign sustenance and the future has been suspended. Indeed, the allies risk doing enough to keep Kyiv in the fight, but not enough to achieve a decisive result, much like a strategy to bleed Russia to the last Ukrainian.
Fortunately, so far President Joe Biden’s administration seems determined not to provoke a global conflict with Moscow that could devastate both America and Ukraine. The costs and risks of a protracted conflict, with an increasingly antagonistic and desperate Russia, will be significant, especially for a financially constrained and politically unstable America.
President Biden must respond to Ukraine’s less sophisticated attempt to manipulate the US and Europeans into offering him NATO membership and eventually physically joining the conflict.
A combination of domestic political pressure, a desire for success on the battlefield and strong foreign support appears to have stoked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s geopolitical ambitions. Washington must shatter Zelenskyy’s last hopes for NATO and a major war and make peace a priority, Bandow said. Moreover, Washington is quite capable of doing it.
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