Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Can populist conservatives and liberals form an uneasy alliance over Ukraine?

By W. James Antle III, The Week

The loudest voices warning against American military involvement if Russia invades Ukraine belong to populist conservatives. On his nightly Fox News show, Tucker Carlson regularly demands an explanation of what vital U.S. interest is served by intervening in the conflict. “We have no dog in the Ukraine fight. Not one American soldier should die there, and not one American bullet should be fired there,” said Rep. Paul Gosar, a controversial Arizona Republican. Hillbilly Elegy author and Ohio GOP Senate candidate J.D. Vance tweeted, “Billions spent on the Kennedy School, grand strategies seminars, and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service has bought us an elite that’s about to blunder us into a Ukraine war.”

When Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), the type of libertarian-leaning conservative one can usually count on to balk at foreign military adventures, wrote that “Ukraine should not and cannot be our problem to solve,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted simply, “Agree!”

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