Wednesday marks Vladimir Putin’s six-month war with Ukraine, with no end in sight.
The West continues to support the heroic resistance, which has largely blocked Russian advances (for now, at least) and even struck blows far behind the lines, as in long-Russian-held Crimea – attacks that could interfere with campaigns in southern Ukraine. , key to Putin’s strategy.
But Beijing and Tehran are coming to Moscow’s aid, with Iran now replenishing the aggressor’s depleted supply of drones. And while there have been positive developments in Europe – the historic decision of the Finns and Swedes to join NATO; The awakening (far too slow and still incomplete) of Germany in the face of the Russian threat – the continent has been distinctly hesitant to do any of this to help Ukraine.
And the war has disappeared from the news and from the public consciousness in this country. After all, this is a distant conflict whose major effect for Americans has been to push up an already painful level of inflation, especially at the gas pump.
But that cannot be the standard by which our foreign policy operates. A victory for Putin would bring far greater disorder by emboldening the Russian autocrat, bringing even more territory and natural resources under his control, and irreparably shaking the post-war political order of a peaceful Europe anchored by a militarily strong concert between the United States and NATO.
Consequences, that is, far more serious than a few extra pennies per gallon. This is why Washington must stay the course.
That means a laser Biden administration is focused on ensuring Ukraine has the hardware it needs to keep fighting, funneling its grain exports to the global market, pushing Turkey for membership in the NATO and Black Sea moves and unleashing our domestic energy production: an America that is once again a net exporter of energy could change the strategic calculus for Europe (especially for Germany).
And the calculation could already change for Russia. Evidenced by the assassination of the regime’s propagandist Daria Dugina, an attack probably also aimed at her father, the Putinian political theorist Alexander Dugin. Even the partial success suggests that Putin himself is less secure than imagined.
The Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has already borne terrible fruit and likely emboldened Putin to launch this war. A similar failure over Ukraine would be even more disastrous.
New York Post