“We see no indication that Vladimir Putin has any interest in meaningful diplomacy. If he does, I think the Ukrainians will be the first to engage, and we’ll be right behind them,” Secretary of State Blinken tells @JonKarl. https://t.co/hkLKMFeWQC pic.twitter.com/p422EBnaiv— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 10, 2023
Ukrainians are ready to persevere, but they worry that their allies are not.— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) September 10, 2023
My take: pic.twitter.com/e6acQIJLqH
Everyone is wondering about Ukraine’s counteroffensive. Pres. @ZelenskyyUa tells me he’s grateful for Western weaponry, but it came slowly while Russia used the time to lay mines— Fareed Zakaria (@FareedZakaria) September 9, 2023
Watch our exclusive interview in Kyiv on tomorrow’s GPS, @ 10am & 1pm ET on @CNN pic.twitter.com/KdSSkCpavQ
Ukraine’s counteroffensive going about as well as my diet. pic.twitter.com/HgAXKNpvZG— Matt Parrott ? (@MatthewParrott) September 11, 2023
Do you remember Richard Spencer’s hot take on the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
Allegedly, the war in Ukraine had “changed everything.” Populism was over. We were returning to the Cold War. Foreign policy was going to be our top concern moving forward.
Big majorities of Americans continue to support economic sanctions on Russia and sending aid and supplies to Ukraine. A smaller majority also would keep sending weapons.
But Republicans have become increasingly divided over this.
Republicans have become more resistant to sending aid, which they favored back in February, and they have become more opposed to sending weapons, specifically. And most of them say the administration should generally be doing less to help Ukraine. …
In early August, President Biden asked Congress for $24 billion in additional aid for Ukraine. A month earlier, meanwhile, 70 GOP House members voted to cut off military aid. The amendment to the annual defense bill failed, but it signaled a rocky road ahead for the president’s request and for Speaker McCarthy and these recalcitrant GOP House members. …
A year and a half later, Michael Brendan Dougherty is correct that Ukraine has become the liberals’ war. Republicans and Independents have soured on the war. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has sputtered on the battlefield. Ukraine has become a quagmire. It is another endless war owned by Joe Biden.
We are often are reminded that among elected Republicans, those who question or oppose additional support for Ukraine in its war effort are a minority. But among those who elect Republicans, skepticism about America’s foreign policy commands a healthy majority. Republican voters are more anti-war than their elected officials, which might explain why the few elected officials who differ from the Atlantic, the Brookings Institution, and the foreign-policy blob in D.C.— people such as Rand Paul and J. D. Vance — are willing to make so much noise about it. Seventy-one percent of Republicans oppose more funding for Ukraine. It was precisely anticipation of this arriving freight train of Republican skepticism that drove House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to give the Biden administration more money than it requested for Ukraine before the last Congress adjourned.
There is also no longer any sign that skepticism about Ukraine will be an electoral anchor for Republicans. It’s something that was obvious to anyone who could detect the forces of political gravity acting over the last 18 months. CNN’s latest polling on the war shows that a majority of Americans oppose giving Ukraine more funding. The public is also skeptical about giving weapons, not a surprise when Ukraine is using them up so quickly that the U.S. is depleting its own stockpiles. …
Will this quagmire drag on through the 2024 election?
Putin has a huge incentive to make the war as painful as possible for Joe Biden. He is probably planning something to help Trump get back into power. Another humiliating setback or outright defeat in Ukraine could further sour Independent swing voters on Joe Biden.
Note: Joe Biden never recovered from the withdrawal from Afghanistan.