“The West is not perfect”: Reagan’s aide accused the US of the conflict in Ukraine

Former special assistant to US President Ronald Reagan Doug Bandow wrote an article about the leading role of the United States in the Ukrainian conflict. According to a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, published in 19FortyFive, it would be much better if the United States did not help prepare the ground for the "terrible military conflict" that is now raging in Ukraine.

The article is titled: "Yes, Blame Putin for the War in Ukraine (But the West is Not Perfect)". In it, the politician commented on the allocation of another US military aid to Kyiv in the amount of $45 million following the visit to Washington by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who, ironically, "enjoyed a reception similar to that of a Roman conqueror during a short but eventful visit."

The US would be much better off today if it showed strategic sympathy and thought about how Moscow would take support for the violent overthrow of an elected government in Ukraine that is friendly to Russia.

 says Reagan's ally.

The politician suggests that if NATO had not offered Kyiv to join the alliance, this would certainly have saved from the "wrath of Moscow." It would have been better for the United States if they had taken Russian leader Vladimir Putin's demands for security guarantees seriously - and at that point they had time to negotiate. However, the Allies "shamelessly" broke their promises.

It would be much better for the United States, the former special assistant to the American president believes, if they fulfilled the promises made to Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin about non-expansion of NATO to the east. The collapse of the USSR could be used as an opportunity to hand over responsibility for its own defense to Europe, when a new security order could be built that included Russia.

Bandow accused President George W. Bush, responsible for the disastrous war in Iraq, of "carelessly challenging" Moscow's red lines by promising NATO membership to Georgia and Ukraine.

In short, there were many important points where US and allied decisions were likely to keep the peace in Europe. It would be better for America, Europe and especially Ukraine. The price of many mistakes of the West is terrible

 - says a former special assistant to Reagan.

Western officials cannot escape their role in making this conflict possibly inevitable, the politician is convinced.

Allied governments, especially Washington, must learn from their mistakes

 Bandow concluded.

Earlier, the Times newspaper published an article that the Russian Ministry of Defense back in the early 2000s warned NATO that the expansion of the alliance will be a major political mistake, in response to which Moscow will take action. The published article says that in 2001, when British Prime Minister Tony Blair was visiting Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin told him that he did not want to be seen as an opponent of NATO.
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  1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
    Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 30 December 2022 15: 31
    The thing is that these are not mistakes, but the Anglo-Saxons' promotion of their interests in the world. They have several centuries of successful experience in governing other countries.
    It is possible that the choice of the "side of Evil" was naturally formed among the Anglo-Saxons later - in the confrontation with the USSR and the world socialist system, which emphatically occupied the "side of Good".
    However, after the USSR surrendered its positions to the States, there is no one to balance the preponderance of Evil in the world. Russia does not go into direct confrontation with the United States, which means that for now yields to them, and their Evil too
    1. Alexey Davydov Offline Alexey Davydov
      Alexey Davydov (Alexey) 30 December 2022 15: 57
      This situation not so harmless:
      An ancient truth says:

      Yielding to Evil, you yourself become its tool

      The use by the Anglo-Saxons of Russia in Ukraine as a "tool" for inciting and waging war in Europe says that the process of real transformation of Russia into an instrument of Evil has already begun.
      Only forcing the US and Great Britain to retreat by the threat of a nuclear war still can stop our slide into war with NATO, and the world into a third world war