Who is modeling themselves on Vladimir Putin?
I’m a Southern Anglo. All I want is to live among my own kin in peace with the rest of the world. I have no desire whatsoever to dominate, micromanage and get involved in conflicts between East Slavs. Similarly, I have no desire to send Southerners to fight the Taliban for the cause of women’s rights in Afghanistan. What goes on in these far flung places is none of our concern or business.
Russia has always been an autocratic multicultural empire. Ukraine was a vital part of the Russian empire from George Washington’s presidency through Bill Clinton’s presidency. The argument here is between those of us who accept Russia as it has always existed and who are fine with it and who have no desire to change it and who try to understand it and those who believe the entire world including Russia must be remade by force in the image of America. It is the latter blinkered worldview which plunged us into Iraq and Afghanistan for twenty years and which now has turned Ukraine into a war zone.
We continue to relitigate the same argument in different countries. Those of us who had no desire to transform Iraq into a Western liberal democracy and who thought it was a fool’s errand which was detrimental to our interests see no reason to meddle in Russia’s backyard in a doomed attempt to pry away Ukraine from its sphere of influence. It has predictably ended in another devastating war.
“The Russian invasion of Ukraine will likely be one of the most important events of the relatively young 21st century, upending decades of relative stability between European states. While its effects on geopolitics, markets, and elections remain to be seen, the invasion will also likely continue to widen the growing divide on the American right. A small but increasingly visible and potentially influential faction of American conservatives sees a friend and model in Vladimir Putin. They are wrong to do so, however. Putin is not our friend. Nor is his Russia an example for American conservatism. Conservatives should know the reality of Russia’s social situation, how many of our national interests are incompatible, and how Putin’s governance is not a fit for America. …
American grand strategy dictates that we not only deny our hemisphere to a great power but also ensure no single power could dominate the Eurasian landmass. …”
So, that’s our grand strategy?
In pursuit of this grand strategy, we have succeeded in firmly uniting Russia, China and Iran against us. Along the way, we have managed to leave Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine in ruins with little to show for it while exporting much of our industrial base to China and Taiwan. We have other enemies there like North Korea and Pakistan. By cancelling Russia, we have also destabilized the world order.
At the moment, you could say we have “united” Europe and NATO. There has been a lot of emotional virtue signaling by European liberals. Reality hasn’t set in yet though in the form of skyrocketing prices, refugees and instability. Are Europeans really going to rise up and join the military now?