Brooks: Western Europe ‘not just following US’ on Russia

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour” program, New York Times columnist David Brooks said that “Western Europe is not just following the United States” in repelling Russian aggression, and “in many important ways they are leading the way”.

Brooks said, “Well, the United States and the West are hooking up pretty well, I think. We continue to increase the amount of weapons we donate to Ukraine. Europe, in a move that really amazes me, is trying to wean itself off Russian oil and natural gas. And so, the alliance has held, and, on the contrary, it is getting stronger. But… some say there are two wars.

He continued: “There is a northern war around kyiv, where the Ukrainians are doing very well. There is a southern war on the border, mainly on the port of Odessa. And the Russians are doing much better in this southern war. And so, if they can capture Odessa, which is the main port, then they will have really strangled the Ukrainian economy. And if they can keep that territory, that equates to some sort of victory. It has therefore become very important that the Ukrainians defend Odessa and do better in the war in the south, and that the United States becomes much more active in helping the Ukrainians with the anti-ship missiles they need to do their best . to repel the Russian Navy.

Brooks later added, “Western Europe is not just following the United States. They are firmly resolved. If anyway, in many important ways they are leading the way.

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