This is another guest post from David Mittell, my former colleague from the Providence Journal. He has agreed with my desire to point out that his two guest posts (and maybe more) are published as a favor to a dear friend. This blog has not suddenly become the Ukraine Here and There blog.
Nor, for what it is worth, do I fully agree with the negotiating strategy David suggests. I could be wrong, but I think that if President Zelensky heeds some of the voices David mentions coming (at least) from some Americans, then perhaps it might be more likely that a cease-fire could be arranged and Russian troops withdrawn from Ukraine. To my mind, this would be a victory for Ukraine, not for Putin’s Russia.
Politicus No. 1454
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By David A. Mittell Jr.
In America one hear’s voices saying, “Zelensky should give up on joining NATO, give up on getting Crimea back, give up on Russian-speaking Ukrainians” – and so forth.
Such thinking is understandable. But it is quite wrong. Ukrainians are winning this terrible war of one man’s misguided egomania. When the war is over Ukraine must be secure in her borders, east and west, and by no means is it reckless to hope that Georgia and Moldova – two countries currently without the protection of alliances – will have their territorial integrity restored.
These are the outcomes victory should assure. Anything less bespeaks the outcomes of defeat. In the case of America it also bespeaks weariness with watching the war on television. Shameful stuff, and inconsonant with the bravery Americans are capable of and usually demonstrate.