According to multiple accounts, the Trump campaign has successfully worked behind the scenes to make sure the new Republican platform would not pledge the lethal defensive weapons Ukraine has been pleading for from the United States. Trump’s forces have tabled a platform amendment that would call for maintaining or increasing sanctions against Russia, and have substituted “appropriate assistance” for “providing lethal defensive weapons” to Ukraine’s military. Removing sanctions and blocking lethal military assistance to Ukraine are the two primary goals of Putin’s foreign policy. The Republican platform is handing those goals to Putin on a golden platter.
Despite Congressional approval, the Obama administration has not supplied Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons on the foolish grounds that Ukraine cannot defeat the Russian military and that the weapons could fall into the wrong hands. Of course, Ukraine’s army cannot defeat Russia but an upgraded military could impose losses on Russia that would discourage further incursions. Russia’s war against Ukraine is a rare cases where weapons will definitely not fall into the wrong hands. The Ukrainian people, starting from zero, have built an army that has limited Russian occupation to parts of the Donbas region. Unlike Syria or Libya, we know who the good guys are. Ukraine will not hand over modern communications gear and antitank weapons to Russia or third parties. They need them for their own national survival.
In an earlier essay, I gave nine reasons why fellow conservatives should vote for Donald Trump, among them Supreme Court nominations, Clinton’s propensity to lie, the free-rider NATO problem, Trump’s “America first” versus Hillary’s “citizen of the world” foreign policy, and his understanding of America’s disenchantment with politics as usual. My support was not without reservations. As someone who follows the Kremlin’s perfidy closely, Trump’s offhand praise of Putin and his apparent lack of concern over the Crimean annexation, the invasion of Ukraine, and Putin’s salvaging of the Assad regime through military intervention prompted me to write Seven Warnings to Donald Trump about Vladimir Putin, among them:
Putin started (without cause) a war against Ukraine that has killed more than 10,000, wounded 25,000, and misplaced one and a half million. So far Putin has suffered no consequences, although he, for the first time in postwar history, altered national boundaries by force.
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