You’re going to be hearing this argument a lot from establishment types.
Instead of working to reduce geopolitical tensions with Russia and preserving the peace in Europe by ensuring Ukraine’s neutrality, it was much better to reignite the Cold War and transform Ukraine into a war zone and to send inflation and gas prices soaring. You should be willing to suck it up and pay the price for their reckless foreign policy by becoming poorer and less secure than you were a year ago.
“Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday called for the U.S. to stop imports of Russia oil to punish Moscow for the assault against Ukraine — even if it drives domestic energy prices higher.
Targeting Russian energy is the “most significant” tool left for the U.S. to deploy, the Alaska senator said in an interview, and given President Vladimir Putin’s dependence on oil and gas revenues, it’s “the one that can do the most immediate damage to Russia in halting their efforts.”
“We are going to see price increases,” Murkowski said. “Nobody wants to see that. And this is going to hurt. But we all need to recognize Europe is in the midst of a war with Russia now. Innocent people are dying, children are dying. We have not been in as volatile as a situation as anytime in my life. And so we are looking right now from a very short window.” …”
Innocent children are dying here!
We’ve got to do something to help the Ukrainians!
Pardon me, but couldn’t we have helped the Ukrainians by choosing not to transform their country into the latest war zone like Syria? Couldn’t we have helped ourselves along the way by reducing energy prices? No one likes to see innocent children dying, but hasn’t this been going on for decades in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan because of the choices of our foreign policy establishment?
What happens to innocent Russian children who had nothing to do with this when the Russian economy collapses? What happens to innocent children all over the world as a result of skyrocketing food prices due to knocking out exports from the world’s first and fifth largest producers of wheat? What about them?
Children are dying right now in Yemen and Afghanistan too, but strangely we don’t hear anything about that these days.