Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Where Does Ukraine Fit In US Foreign Policy?

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Washington, D.C. – For much of the 20th century, the world was at war. That ended, in as much as those things can, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Nonetheless, the global alliances that were created by the West to keep the peace during the Cold War survived and today still drive much of U.S. foreign policy.

Whether they should is a question people started asking with greater frequency once became a candidate for president. He, it will be recalled, openly questioned America's ongoing commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization because our European allies were not putting as much into the alliance as they had promised to.

The reassessment was healthy, something that 's currently-foundering incursion into has demonstrated. Before Trump, 's cohesion and fighting strength had declined. The member states were deluded into believing the Russians no longer posed a threat to them or anyone else.

They know better now – and Trump's pressure on the other NATO countries to increase their expenditures on our mutual defense has played a significant role in keeping Putin from taking Kyiv.

None of that matters to the American people because policy leaders have failed to explain it to them. President repeatedly bragged during the early months of the war about how he had rushed to Ukraine's assistance and marshaled the other NATO countries to do likewise. Now he's largely silent and has mostly been since he announced the U.S. military would be sending much-needed Abrams tanks to help the Ukrainian fight off the invaders.

With fewer people talking about the war, it's no wonder support for it among likely American voters is slowly dissipating. Ukrainian President , who was greeted as a hero of Churchillian proportions when he addressed the U.S. Congress was denied a request to appear during the Oscars, one of the world's most-watched television programs.