It’s Time To Take Some Responsibility In Ukraine

It should be no surprise to anyone in Washington when Russia invades or uses pro-Russian actors as proxies to prevent Western encroachment into its sphere. Over seven years removed from the annexation of Crimea, it is a fool’s errand to continually try to attribute blame to Russia when many actors are clearly responsible. 

A Stronger Europe for a Stronger West

Although a sovereign and more independent Europe may mean less U.S. influence in the region, Americans should not view it as a bad thing. Over the past several decades, America has been stretched thin through prolonged conflicts and its role as the global police force and defender of democracy. 

The Poland-Belarus Scenario Nobody is Talking About

A shooting scenario must be taken seriously. It could happen one of two ways. First, someone on the Belarussian side could provide one of the trapped, freshly traumatized and outraged migrants a gun and let them do what they will. Second, an agent provocateur could infiltrate a migrant camp to gesture threateningly or pull the trigger themselves.

America’s European Problem: Friends or Strangers?

American leadership seems split on how it means to proceed in Europe. While commitment to Europe and NATO is certain, how that will manifest itself is not yet settled. While President Biden seems intent on restoring the relationship as it was, Secretary of Defense Austin issues more measured statements, indicating a desire to let Europe take the lead.