December 23, 2022 | The Dispatch

The Alternative to Winning in Ukraine Is Endless War

December 23, 2022 | The Dispatch

The Alternative to Winning in Ukraine Is Endless War

Excerpt

In his historic address before Congress on Wednesday,  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared a victory of sorts. Acknowledging the contributions of the United States and Europe, he said, “We defeated Russia in the battle for minds of the world. We have no fear, nor should anyone in the world have it.” But there is still the matter of the battle for Ukraine itself. Ukraine cannot win without continued support from the United States. And even as Zelensky was meeting with President Biden at the White House on Wednesday, opponents of that support were making themselves heard.

House Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and Paul Gosar spent the day arguing that it was not in America’s interest to defend Ukraine and that we should put “America first.” And many Americans dislike issuing “blank checks” to Ukraine or are exhausted with “forever wars.” The fact is, victory in Ukraine is not only in America’s interest, it’s absolutely necessary if Americans want to avoid a forever war in Europe.

Peter Doran is an adjunct senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where Ivana Stradner is a research fellow. Follow them on Twitter @PeterBDoran and @ivanastradner. FDD is a Washington, DC-based, nonpartisan research institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.

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