Torturing, murdering, raping civilians and stealing their children. These are the atrocities that Putin is conducting in Ukraine.— Chris Christie (@GovChristie) August 9, 2023
Donald Trump says Putin is brilliant and a great leader.
If that’s brilliant leadership, you can keep it. pic.twitter.com/Nkjv4XvuHR
It is the dog days of summer.
Republicans now control the House with a narrow majority.
Ukraine’s counteroffensive has sputtered to a halt.
Public opinion has swung against continuing to fund the war – 55% of Americans and 71% of Republican voters are now opposed more funding for Ukraine.
The 2024 presidential election cycle is heating up. Donald Trump has been arrested and indicted by Joe Biden’s DOJ, which has further inflamed partisan tensions, especially in the House of Representatives where MAGA Republicans were already opposed to continuing to fund Ukraine.
CNN — Most Americans oppose Congress authorizing additional funding to support Ukraine in its war with Russia, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, as the public splits over whether the US has already done enough to assist Ukraine.
Overall, 55% say the US Congress should not authorize additional funding to support Ukraine vs. 45% who say Congress should authorize such funding. And 51% say that the US has already done enough to help Ukraine while 48% say it should do more. A poll conducted in the early days of the Russian invasion in late February 2022 found 62% who felt the US should have been doing more.
Partisan divisions have widened since that poll, too, with most Democrats and Republicans now on opposing sides of questions on the US role in Ukraine. …
Republicans broadly say that Congress should not authorize new funding (71%) and that the US has done enough to assist Ukraine (59%). Among Democrats, most say the opposite, 62% favor additional funding and 61% say that the US should do more. …
Within both parties, there are splits by ideology. On providing additional funding, liberal Democrats are far and away the most supportive, 74% back it compared with 51% of moderate or conservative Democrats. Among Republicans, about three-quarters of conservatives oppose new funding (76%) compared with 61% of moderate or liberal Republicans. …
Weeks into Ukraine’s highly anticipated counteroffensive, Western officials describe increasingly “sobering” assessments about Ukrainian forces’ ability to retake significant territory, four senior US and western officials briefed on the latest intelligence told CNN.
“They’re still going to see, for the next couple of weeks, if there is a chance of making some progress. But for them to really make progress that would change the balance of this conflict, I think, it’s extremely, highly unlikely,” a senior western diplomat told CNN.
“Our briefings are sobering. We’re reminded of the challenges they face,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, an Illinois Democrat who recently returned from meetings in Europe with US commanders training Ukrainian armored forces. “This is the most difficult time of the war.” …
Of my ten predictions for 2023, five already come true. The Revenge Tour fizzling was a huge miss. It was Ron DeSanctimonious who imploded after the Trump indictments.
The war in Ukraine has dragged on as a stalemate through the first half of the year. Public opinion has soured on the war. There was also an attempted coup against Putin in Russia. I anticipated a lot of this, but I just couldn’t see the ultimate outcome of the war in December.
Things aren’t looking good for Zelensky at the moment. This could change though if Joe Biden finds a way to get us into the war.