Only when we move beyond the neocon debacle will we have peace in Ukraine.

by Jeffrey D. Sachs, Other News

We are entering the end stage of the 30-year US neocon debacle in Ukraine.  The neocon plan to surround Russia in the Black Sea region by NATO has failed.  Decisions now by the US and Russia will matter enormously for peace, security, and wellbeing for the entire world.

Four events have shattered the neocon hopes for NATO enlargement eastward, to Ukraine, Georgia, and onward.  The first is straightforward.  Ukraine has been devastated on the battlefield, with tragic and appalling losses. Russia is winning the war of attrition, an outcome that was predictable from the start but which the neocons and mainstream media deny till today.

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The second is the collapsing support in Europe for the US neocon strategy.  Poland no longer speaks with Ukraine.  Hungary has long opposed the neocons.  Slovakia has elected an anti-neocon government.  EU leaders (Macron, Meloni, Sanchez, Scholz, Sunak, and others) have disapproval ratings far higher than approvals.

The third is the cut in US financial support for Ukraine.  The Republican Party grassroots, several Republican Presidential candidates, and a growing number of Republican members of Congress, oppose more spending on Ukraine.  In the stop-gap bill to keep the government running, Republicans stripped away new financial support for Ukraine.  The White House has called for new aid legislation, but this will be an uphill fight.

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