America Talking Cheap Again!
United States President Joseph Biden gave assurances last Sunday that America and its allies would “respond decisively” should Russia invade Ukraine, a White House source was quoted.
Sounds good till one looks at the fine print. After which one is left with that sinking feeling one gets when he has been duped in a business deal he thought couldn’t fail.
If not very careful Ukraine could find America has been talking cheap again. Whatever the future may hold for Ukraine the Ukrainian political evolution should essentially be for them to decide.
However, the West has an important stake in its future if Ukraine is not to be swallowed up by Putin’s Russia.
Should the West abandon Ukraine in its moment of need they would run the risk of consuming their own national sovereignty on their inability to stand firm in the face of naked aggression. Creating a new geopolitical and strategic reality.
This dangerous situation would bring into focus Europes vulnerability to Russias entrenchment in Syria and the Mediterranean as a whole.
As for the United States, their geopolitical future would look very fragile should they be isolated from Europe and all that entails. Not to mention the complete loss of influence in the Middle East.
This all becomes more possible as America turns inward and fails in shaping the verging new world order. If America continues to wrestle with its past and agonize over a future yet to be defined then countries like Ukraine would do well to cast around for friends they can rely on if there are any left.
In this rough environment, Israel would do well to take note of whatever happens in Ukraine and especially America’s role in the eventual outcome.
We definitely live in interesting times