Earlier in the week, Obama confirmed that he has asked aides to provide him with options for dealing with the ongoing violence in Ukraine, including the possibility of providing weapons to the Ukrainian military.
Analysts have raised questions about both the ethics and efficacy of sending U.S. weapons to Ukraine.
Shipping advanced weaponry to Ukraine “would be a huge mistake for the United States, NATO and Ukraine itself,” University of Chicago political science professor John J. Mearsheimer wrote on Sunday. “Sending weapons to Ukraine will not rescue its army and will instead lead to an escalation in the fighting. Such a step is especially dangerous because Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons and is seeking to defend a vital strategic interest.”
“Because the balance of power decisively favors Moscow, Washington would have to send large amounts of equipment for Ukraine’s army to have a fighting chance,” Mearsheimer continued. “But the conflict will not end there. Russia would counter-escalate, taking away any temporary benefit Kiev might get from American arms.”
“Sending weapons to Ukraine will not rescue its army and will instead lead to an escalation in the fighting. Such a step is especially dangerous because Russia has thousands of nuclear weapons and is seeking to defend a vital strategic interest.”
—John J. Mearsheimer, University of Chicago
In a piece published at the Washington Post on Tuesday, The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel echoed such concerns.
“[A]rming the Ukrainian military is not in the best interest of the United States, nor is it in the best interest of Ukraine,” she wrote. “It will only worsen a bloody crisis that has already claimed thousands of victims. As I have argued in the past, there is no military solution to this conflict, only a political one; and a new supply of U.S. arms will provide ammunition for Russian leaders who believe, fairly or not, that America is attempting to turn Ukraine into a military base near Russia’s borders.”
The U.S. should apply lessons learned in other conflicts to its deliberations over Ukraine, said Trevor Timm, co-founder and the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, at the Guardian:
Also Wednesday, U.S. Army Europe Commander Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges said that in March a battalion of U.S. soldiers would train three battalions of Ukrainians on how to better defend themselves against “Russian and rebel artillery and rockets.”
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