My ears were deaf to President Zelensky’s speech today. The lamentations of women and children move me, but I am not moved when they are used for propaganda, which is how I interpret Zelensky’s presentation.
The way I read the war: Ukraine’s military cannot defeat Russia’s military. With limited outside assistance, Ukraine can prolong hostilities, but never to the point of winning. It will take NATO or U.S. forces on the ground to reverse Russia’s invasion and force Russia’s retreat.
But since we and NATO are unwilling to fight Russia directly, our only option is to deliver limited support of the kind that will continue to cause Ukrainian mothers and children in the war zone to die.
Meanwhile, the economic world order is changing beneath our feet as countries around the world begin to sign up for an alternative balance of payments system that isn’t based on U.S. dollars.