I don’t know much about Ukraine.
I have a degree in political science with a focus on international relations. I love European history and avidly follow the news. Even I don’t know enough about Ukraine to make black-and-white judgments about the country. The vast majority of Americans know virtually nothing about Ukraine. Obviously, it is sad that there is a war going on there, but do we know anything about what caused this war?
I know enough about Ukraine to know that the situation on the ground there is complex, the “journalists” are lying and that our relentless meddling there is both unnecessary and extremely unwise. Ukraine is reminiscent of Iraq except with large ethnic and cultural fissures featuring a Russian minority. Vladimir Putin believes that Ukraine and Russia are the same nation. He strongly believes this.
Why would anyone with good intentions want to meddle in the internal affairs of this country, stack it full of dynamite and light a match? Again, if you take Putin at his word that Ukraine and Russia are the same nation, then trying to wrench Ukraine out of the Russian orbit and bring it into NATO and the European Union and arming the nationalists there and turning it into an “anti-Russia” which can be used by Western liberals to antagonize Russia was all but guaranteed to invite a devastating Russian response.
Ask yourself … how was any of this in our interest? Do we have strong cultural and historical ties to Ukraine? Is Ukraine a vital interest of the United States? Do we have an important economic relationship with Ukraine? Is the status of Donbas worth stumbling into World War III? If the answer to all of these questions is “no,” then what in the world is our foreign policy establishment doing there?
Note: This assumes our elites have good intentions which is far from obvious in light of how Iraq and Afghanistan were used to launder money out of the American taxpayer.