Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

First Priority: Avoid War With Russia

As usual, Pat Buchanan is one of the most sensible foreign policy analysts out there.

By Patrick Buchanan, The American Conservative

Putin has sent many signals that before he accepts defeat he will use battlefield nuclear weapons from his arsenal of 6,000 to win the war.

Asked if the U.S. should send troops to fight beside the Ukrainians, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said Sunday the time may have come. Russian President Vladimir Putin “will only stop when we stop him,” said Coons. “We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that…we in Congress and the administration come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine.”

“If the answer is never, then we are inviting another level of escalation in brutality by Putin.”

In response, the White House affirmed President Joe Biden’s declaration that U.S. troops are not going to be sent to fight Russians in Ukraine, as this would open the door to World War III. Said Biden last month: “The idea that we’re going to send in offensive equipment and have planes and tanks and trains going in with American pilots and American crews, just understand…that’s called World War III, OK? Let’s get it straight here, guys.” Biden added, “We will not fight the third world war in Ukraine.”

Since Biden made these remarks, however, the red line against direct U.S. aid to the Ukrainian military has shifted, though the prohibition against the introduction of U.S. troops and air power has remained. The present U.S. position might be summarized thus: As U.S. forces fighting and killing Russians in Ukraine would ignite a U.S.-Russia war, which could escalate to nuclear war, we are not going to take that first step and risk the security and survival of our country, even if our staying out of this two-month war means the defeat of Ukraine.


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