Hannity opens his show tonight essentially berating Biden to launch World War III, accuses him of “emboldening” Putin if he doesn’t retaliate for the drone incident, declares Russia, China, and Iran the new “Axis of Evil” pic.twitter.com/pXQTovHEJT— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 15, 2023
Lindsey Graham warns, “We’re gonna have World War III.” Congressman Mike Waltz adds Iran, North Korea, China, Russia, Venezuela are “all on the march”— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 15, 2023
This isn’t run-of-the-mill crazy talk, this is something next level. They’re really trying to will a World War into existence pic.twitter.com/XsAfQrh6X7
Latest senators calling for F-16s in Ukraine include Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Ted Budd (R-NC). I thought those two were supposed to be hardcore “MAGA” — but I guess they’re now “establishment”? Or maybe that whole distinction just doesn’t really mean a whole heck of a lot pic.twitter.com/DWz35V3IP7— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 14, 2023
The statement from DeSantis is politically clever — it’s worded in such a way that gives the impression he’s vaguely opposed to current US policy in Ukraine— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 14, 2023
But the actual policy positions articulated (against sending F-16s, US troops) are substantively no different than… https://t.co/53rkAVI30F
Lindsey Graham on the encounter between a US drone and Russian planes: "What would Ronald Reagan do right now? He would start shooting Russian planes down if they were threatening our assets." pic.twitter.com/rmO4Vl6dd8— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 15, 2023
This is good news.
At least in rhetoric, Trump and Ron DeSantis are feeling the chilling effect of political gravity as Republican voters sour on Standing With Ukraine. This is cementing the end of Reaganism.
“Declaring this week that defending Ukraine against Russia’s invasion was not a vital interest for the United States, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida cemented a Republican shift away from hawkish foreign policy that has played out over the past decade and accelerated with Donald J. Trump’s political rise.
Mr. Trump and Mr. DeSantis — whose combined support makes up more than 75 percent of Republican primary voters in the nascent 2024 presidential contest — are now largely aligned on Ukraine, signaling a sharp break from the interventionist approach that drove former President George W. Bush’s invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Republican foreign policy hawks recoiled at Mr. DeSantis’s statement on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Fox News on Monday night, in which the governor deviated from the position held by most of the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader. Mr. McConnell and other top congressional Republicans have framed the invasion by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as a fight to defend the post-World War II international security framework. …”
Ron DeSantis didn’t come out and say though we should stop arming Ukraine. Trump is right that DeSantis is simply following the political winds. Republican primary voters are souring on Ukraine.
“Ron DeSantis’ claim that protecting Ukraine isn’t in the “vital” interest of the U.S. highlights a remarkable divide in the GOP over foreign policy — pitting its top two presidential candidates against the party’s more hawkish establishment.
Why it matters: The move by DeSantis — echoing the isolationist views of his likely rival, former President Trump — represents a sharp contrast from most of the past four decades, when Republicans typically have subscribed to the Reagan era’s “peace through strength” internationalism. …”
Once again, I doubt this will change anything.
If Ron DeSantis becomes president, I think the actual policy will still be “Standing With Ukraine” and continuing to arm Ukraine indefinitely. If Donald Trump becomes president, he will focus on settling scores and get distracted and let someone awful run his foreign policy. And yet, I also believe that either Trump or DeSantis would still be better on the issue than Joe Biden.