Opinion: Ukraine is a lost cause


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Ukraine is not only causing problems for the U.S, but also the entire world

Two weeks ago, Russian president Vladimir Putin signed to suspend the last nuclear arms pact his country had with the US.

This is one of many signs that our continuous help and support of the Ukrainian army in its war against Russia is bringing the reality of a nuclear war closer to view then we think.

Putin signed this bill following the commitment of 31 M1 Abrams tanks that the US is sending to Ukraine after its sudden resurgence against the powerful Russian military. To everyone’s surprise, Ukraine has been putting up a surprising fight after they were only projected to stay fighting about 48 hours after Russia initially invaded last year.

Although they are still fighting, Ukrainians stand very little chance, even with our help. They are quickly running out of ammo and tanks, even after the commitment of about 58 tanks between 3 countries. Not only is this war wasting the United States’ money, time, and resources, but it is also putting us at a very serious threat to multiple very strong forces around the world.

Why we should pull out of the war?

Reaffirming my point, while we don’t have troops physically in Ukraine on a large scale, with the amount of money and resources we are pumping into Ukraine, we are economically and politically directly involved in this war.

One of the main problems with being involved is our inevitable weapon shortage. The U.S.’s stockpile of rockets, guns and ammunition is, “getting dangerously low,” according to retired Marine Col. Mark Cancian.

With the creeping reality of war with major powers in the world like China and Russia, we need as many weapons and resources we can get. We need to stop giving our resources to a country where the war is currently stalemated, with no sign of going anywhere soon.

While Russia is losing thousands of troops, they are smart for staying in the war and making the U.S. expend all of our arsenal.

Russia has realistically not even deployed some of their best troops and units. Instead, using a private military group, led by Yevgeniy Prigozhin, called PMC Wagner.

Prigozhin is a Putin crony and the target of multiple U.S. sanctions. The Wagner Group has been involved in Kremlin-backed combat operations all around Ukraine.

This organization consists of basically all war criminals and POW’s. It is projected about 80% of the troops are drawn from prison camps, where if they don’t comply to train and serve their country, they will be shot on the spot.

This Wagner Group is essentially a terrorist organization that has destabilized innocent countries in Africa, and according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, “Committed widespread human rights abuses and extorting natural resources from their people.”

So not only do we have the best of China and Russia preparing and stocking up while we are wasting our whole arsenal, they obviously have a larger amount of man power and combined, possibly a larger amount of nuclear weapons, which could turn the tides in a potential war.

When it’s all said and done Zelenskyy should be thanking the U.S. and promising his country’s complete allegiance to us, not threatening that our children will be in this war that we didn’t need to get involved in, in the first place.

Lack of gratefulness from Ukraine and Zelenskyy

In multiple instances, including his speech marking the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has made remarks that almost seem threatening to the U.S.; including him recently saying that if the U.S. was to stop helping Ukraine it would be our children fighting in the war.

It is completely unacceptable to make a threat like that to a country that has single-handedly held up your country in it’s darkest days.

When it’s all said and done Zelenskyy should be thanking the U.S. and promising his country’s complete allegiance to us, not threatening that our children will be in this war that we didn’t need to get involved in, in the first place.

A large problem when the conflict began, was whether the U.S. should get involved even though Ukraine is not in NATO. NATO is an allegiance between 30 countries which, “Guarantees the freedom and security of its members through political and military members.”

There was nothing that required the U.S. to help out Ukraine. Because of the lack of thankfulness and disrespect that Zelenskyy shows the U.S., we should not be in this war.

Where have we seen this before?

Through the course of the past year of watching this war unfold right in front of our eyes, there has been a striking similarity to another conflict in US history. This war is drawing shocking similarities to the Vietnam war.

Whether you like to admit it or not, we are in this war. While there isn’t a full-scale deployment of hundreds of thousands of troops, we are sending billions over dollars over there and sending soldiers to train Ukrainian soldiers. Biden said in his speech commemorating the one-year anniversary of Kyiv’s invasion, “The democracies of the world have grown stronger, not weaker.  But the autocrats of the world have grown weaker, not stronger.”

We have run into the same problem in this war that we did in Vietnam. We have put ourselves into a shouting match and threatening nuclear war with Russia after they try to turn a “Sovern” nation into a dictatorship.

We should have learned our lesson from the last time we tried this where 58,220 U.S. soldiers got killed, and possibly more because of the skewing numbers.

The Vietnam war also severely damaged the economy of the U.S., unleashing an intense cycle of inflation.

That is the last thing the U.S. needs right now with our inflation rate rising above 6.5%, the interest rates are skyrocketing, and 30% of all households in the U.S. being deemed unaffordable. To add insult to injury, with the money we are already paying them, we are now paying for Ukrainian teachers’ salaries.

The United States approved $113 billion in aid for Ukraine in 2022. From the $1.66 trillion budget for 2023, almost $45 billion is earmarked for Ukraine.

Although we might not get to the point of sending that many troops (and I really hope we would not), we should learn from the past and realize that getting more involved in this war can do nothing but cause more economic and political turmoil in the U.S. then there already is.