Thursday, March 16, 2023
Russia Wants a Long War: The West Needs to Send Ukraine More Arms, More Quickly
Faced with the certainty of defeat, Putin’s calculus would shift. For the past 12 months, Western ambiguity has emboldened Putin to prolong this war, allowing him to believe that there may perhaps come a time when the flow of support will stop, and thus that he can outlast the West and Ukraine. Replacing that ambiguity with strategic clarity—robbing Putin of any viable option other than an organized retreat—can help bring this war to an end. To borrow a phrase from Biden’s State of the Union address in February, it’s time for the West to finish the job.
Even the blind bird occasionally catches the worm. Ukraine and Eastern Europe is one of the few places in the world where freedom has a chance to get a fresh start. We should not abandon it to the rot of Putinism. That rot will spread to the US. We already have our own version of it here in the form of woke totalitarianism. The battle for Ukraine and the battle *against* woke-ism is in fact the same battle, difficult as that may be for some to see.