Should Russia invade Ukraine’s sovereignty, it will be the largest European ground war since World War II and should alarm all who stand for democracy and freedom.
The idea that the United States should involve itself in yet another conflict after 20 years of war has understandably given many Americans pause.
Many Americans don’t want to commit U.S. troops to defend Ukraine’s border – nor should we.
But it is in our interests to provide all the necessary resources to our Ukrainian friends to defend their sovereignty from Russia’s authoritarian grip and raise the costs for Putin if he ultimately opts for war.
I had the opportunity to visit with officials in Ukraine last month. They love America and cherish our partnership. In a world of evolving threats, we should be looking to secure alliances, not lose friends.
Make no mistake: Putin is attempting to rebuild the Soviet Union in his own image, and he won’t stop with Ukraine.
He believes the economic benefits of Ukraine’s industrial and agricultural sectors outweigh the repercussions of sanctions that will come if he invades Ukraine. The domestic propaganda that will come with occupying Ukraine will also be beneficial to his broader goals.