On February 21, 2022, Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin made the decision to send “peacekeeping” troops into the two separatist enclaves in Ukraine after formally recognizing them in a fiery speech. This raised tensions between East and West about the future fate of the ex-Soviet Republic and how it will be incorporated into the European Union or NATO. It has thrown out the peaceful integration of Eurasia’s economics, which was ongoing since the Cold War ended. This also leads the world on a dangerous course, avoiding the risk of accidentally igniting war in Europe. What is the reason for all this? Or is it intentional? It’s not fair. Why?
Red State contributors Scott Hounsell, Dennis Santiago and Dennis Santiago met up to discuss the event and to take an honest look at the complexity that lead to it.
The two discuss the Russian leader’s motivations and how this crisis has worked to Putin’s advantage so far. The pair then go on and ponder how and why the United States came to be outmaneuvered by Russia and how our own domestic vulnerabilities have enabled global adversaries to exploit asymmetric weaknesses in American society’s fabric. The chat covers everything from the lack of charismatic leadership and misguided political motives to the risks of leaving national policy leadership to bureaucracy.
This video is, in the end, a self-examination of how much less of a force in the world the United States has become — done with the hope that discussing it frankly can be a constructive step to bring our country back to the stature it deserves.
Also, check out other articles on today’s developments in Ukraine on Red State.
“Vladimir Putin Runs the Table in Ukraine and Shows Joe Biden to Be a Feckless and Unreliable Security Partner” — streiff
“Putin Gives a Bonkers Speech on Ukraine, Drops the Last Puzzle Piece in Place for War” — Bonchie