When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’?

The only critical interest America has in the Ukraine is that it does not plunge it into a war with Russia

On hearing the State Department’s George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump’s withholding of military aid to Ukraine, the New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony: “What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn’t simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces.”

“‘Even as we sit here today, the Russians are attacking Ukrainian soldiers in their own country, and have been for four years,’ Taylor said. ‘I saw this on the front line last week; the day I was there a Ukrainian soldier was killed and four more wounded.’”

Kent compared Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s intervention on the side of the Donbass secessionists to “our own Minutemen in 1776.”

“More than 13,000 Ukrainians have died on Ukrainian soil defending their territorial integrity and sovereignty from Russian aggression. …American support in Ukraine’s own de facto war of independence has been critical.”

Kent went on:

The American colonies may not have prevailed against British imperial might without help from transatlantic friends after 1776. In an echo of Lafayette’s organized assistance to General George Washington’s army and Admiral John Paul Jones’ navy, Congress has generously appropriated over $1.5 billion over the past five years in desperately needed train and equip security assistance to Ukraine….

Similar to von Steuben training colonials at Valley Forge, U.S. and NATO allied trainers develop the skills of Ukrainian units at Yavoriv near the Polish border, and elsewhere. They help rewrite military education for Ukraine’s next generation, as von Steuben did for America’s first.

“One would think, listening to this,” writes Barbara Boland, the American Conservative columnist, “that the U.S. had always provided arms to Ukraine, and that Ukraine has relied on this aid for years. But this is untrue and the Washington blob knows this.”

Indeed, Ukraine has never been a NATO ally or a “critical ally.”

Three decades ago, George H.W. Bush implored Ukraine not to set out on a course of “suicidal nationalism” by declaring independence from the Russian Federation. Despite constant pressure from Senator John McCain and our neocons to bring Ukraine into NATO, wiser heads on both sides of the Atlantic rejected the idea.

Why? Because the “territorial integrity and sovereignty” of Ukraine is not now and has never been a vital interest of ours that would justify a U.S. war with a nuclear-armed Russia.

Instead, it was the avoidance of such a war that was the vital interest that nine U.S. presidents, from Truman to Bush I, secured, despite such provocations as the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the building of the Berlin Wall.

In February 2014, the elected pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by U.S.-backed protesters in Maidan Square, cheered on by McCain. This was direct U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Victoria Nuland of the State Department conceded that we had dumped billions into Ukraine to reorient its regime to the West.

To Vladimir Putin, the Kyiv coup meant the loss of Russia’s historic Black Sea naval base at Sevastopol in Crimea. Rather than let that happen, Putin effected an uprising, Crimea’s secession from Ukraine, and the annexation by Russia. In eastern Ukraine, the pro-Russian Donbass rose up in rebellion against the pro-NATO regime in Kyiv.

Civil war broke out. We backed the new regime. Russia backed the rebels. And five years later, the war goes on. Why is this our fight?

During the Obama years, major lethal aid was denied to Ukraine.

The White House reasoned that arming Ukraine would lead to an escalation of the war in the east, greater Russian intervention, defeat for Kyiv, and calls for the U.S. to intervene militarily, risking a war with Russia.

Not until Trump became president did lethal aid begin flowing to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles.

So where are we?

The dramatic depictions of Ukraine as our embattled ally are false. We are not now nor have we ever been obligated to fight for its sovereignty or territorial integrity. Efforts to bring Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia into NATO have been repeatedly rebuffed in the United States and by our European NATO allies.

Kent and Taylor are honorable men. But they are career diplomats of the Department of State and veteran advocates of a foreign policy that sees Russia as an enduring aggressor and Ukraine as a fighting ally entitled to U.S. military assistance.

They have, in the old phrase, gone native. They champion the policies of yesterday and the embattled countries to which they are accredited and to whose causes they have become converted.

But Trump was elected to overturn the interventionist policies America has pursued since the century began. He was elected to end Cold War II with Russia, to reach a modus vivendi as Reagan did, and to extricate us from the endless wars into which Presidents Bush and Obama plunged the nation.

Source: The American Conservative

  1. Jozo Magoc says

    U-krajina ( Pussy land) became ” critical ally” to the zionist United Snakes since Biden co manded the Maidan in Kiev( now Chujev= Pricks)..His corrupted son,Hunter Biden was vollecting the interest fees….

  2. thomas malthaus says


    John Batchelor interview with Stephen Cohen.

    I was somewhat surprised to hear from Mr. Cohen that Ukraine has warehouses full of weapons that came from the US or through other conduits such as Israel.

    Ukraine army isn’t a large force and they’ve in past years pulled conscripts off the streets.

    Ukraine is a de facto NATO member whether Zelensky admits it or not. If and when the war to end all wars begins, NATO will have these warehouses to draw from.

    US admirals and generals would call this prepositioning.

    Knowing this information, how do the Russians negotiate gas deals with a US puppet government incapable of competence at any level.

    Add a ridiculous lawsuit by Ukraine’s Naftogaz against Russia totaling $3 billion. With that in mind, Russia could delay negotiations until this matter is resolved. Might take 3-4 months.

    By that time, Russian gas may have started delivery through Norstream II.

    During this time, an agreement might be reached where Europe immediately repays Ukraine’s outstanding $3 billion-plus loans from Russia.

    That assumes Europe and Ukraine want to keep the latter’s alive this winter with little time to play games.

  3. plamenpetkov says

    Buchanan is still either being wishfully ignorant or is really dumb. Trump has done EVERYTHING In his power to antagonize Russia, even withdrawing from all the treaties. he has tried everything to try to start a war with Iran and hs illegally occupying Syria. If this is a guy who was elected to end cold War II with Russia I would be scared to see what a neocon would do.

    1. Richard Monette says

      While I agree with most of your assertions I believe it necessary to remember Trump is not a politician….he spent his life in business / deal making….his presidencey has him a “fish out of water”…..I think in order to get an accurate perspective on trump one need refer to his campaign speeches and goals…they were very sane, still are. Its lonely at the top, add to that not knowing who’s who or what they really bring to the table ….well thats why Trump has canned , fired or had people resign. There are incredibly powerful forces within gov and I suspect they all come to him as allies or friends…..besides even if you are president you cannot piss off or disenfranchise every one or every lobby in gov…..Oh..did I mention that close to half the population wants you impeached and or executed?……He’s learning fast.

    2. CHUCKMAN says

      Buchanan has always been an odd beast.

      He can be so right sometimes, and quite eloquent about it, and I say that being someone who is definitely not from the Right.

      Other times, his blunders are just so clumsy that they cannot be understood.

      Of course, that same kind of wobbly inconsistency is precisely what the leadership of Trump offers the world.

      Does it represent an American value of some kind?

      Determined to say something even when I have nothing to say?

      Or feeling “free” enough as a Patriot American to be foolishly inconsistent?

      Or just wilful, stubborn blindness at times?

    3. Nick Rhynes says

      Aside from the INF, which was necessary, which treaties has trump withdrawn from?

      He undoubtedly wants to take down Iran but russia? No, not at all. Any antagonizing of russia has been forced on trump, such as the sanctions he vetoes and tries not to implement.

      He is putin’s bitch and everyone knows it.

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