This video is from 2015, but relevant.
John J. Mearsheimer is a Bernie Sanders supporter. He even sounds a tiny bit like him. I don't trust him to be objective.
He repeatedly quotes the Monroe Doctrine as a rationalization for his position. In 2013, two years before this video, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that the Monroe Doctrine is dead.
I agree with him when he says that Ukraine is not in the National Interest of the United States.
He makes claims to the effect that Russia does not want to build a greater Russia and would not want to get involved in the quagmire of an invasion of Ukraine, which seem to be disproven by current events.
I assumed that Putin's security concerns were just an excuse for invasion, but this video gives some legitimacy to Putin's concern. Nevertheless, Ukraine is an independent country that should be allowed to decide its own alliances. If it wants to be part of Europe then it is not the right of Russia to block this.
Comparing Ukraine possibly joining NATO, which wasn't even on the table, to the Cuban Missile Crisis is to equivocate two things that are not the same. It is a poor comparison.
Therefore, this invasion is an unjustified aggressive event. It has caused a seismic shift in world politics. Europe is rapidly trying to distance itself from Russia. Germany has changed its position on where it gets its energy and is contemplating embracing Nuclear Energy again after having closed all its nuclear plants.
There is a possibility that Putin will get the opposite of everything he wants. I have been predicting a coup in Russia, possibly a military coup followed by a temporary military government. Reportedly, the Russian military is not happy with this invasion, nor is the public.
On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 12:44 AM Jeff wrote: