Why would any nation trust the US with our current record?
Oh, the tangled webs we weave…
Here is the most important section of this essay by Senator Rob Portman:
When Ukraine emerged as an independent nation after the Cold War, it inherited the world’s third-largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. As a newly independent state looking to ensure its sovereignty and territorial integrity, Ukraine could have relied on its nuclear arsenal to ward off would-be aggressors. Instead, Ukraine sought — and received — assurances from the international community that its borders would be respected if it gave up its nuclear weapons. In 1994, the U.S., United Kingdom and Russia signed the Budapest Memorandum, in which all sides pledged to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity, refrain from using military force or economic pressure to limit Ukrainian sovereignty and provide assistance to Ukraine if it became the victim of aggression from another nation. Obviously, Russia has broken its part of that agreement. Now the question is whether we will break ours. And if we do break our word, we should consider the devastating impact on American counterproliferation efforts around the world. How could any nation we seek to prevent from developing nuclear weapons ever trust U.S. security assurances if they see in the carnage and destruction in Ukraine the deadly folly of trading nuclear weapons for American guarantees?
Allow me to answer your question, Senator Portman: No one should ever trust America’s current crop of political leaders. No one. You and your colleagues have demonstrated over and over and over again that neither the American people, nor anyone else in the world has reason to trust you.
Until Americans are authentically humbled, and begin electing representatives who will tell them the truth—even hard truths (statesmen who will stand on principle, rather than shilling for whatever interest group brings the text of a new law or regulation, plus a fat check)—then we deserve to be distrusted by every nation in the world.
We have become so short-sighted we can barely see beyond two years.
Nations like Iran are not stupid. They know that the only path to keeping the United States out of their business is to build nuclear weapons—we’ve taught every nation in the world that lesson, over the past fifteen years. Ukraine failed to heed the warning signs; it is just the latest nation to learn a very hard lesson that trusting promises of contemporary American leaders is foolish in the highest degree.
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor; if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan.” So it was said before the reality of Gruberisms was unveiled. Obviously our promise to Ukraine was similar: “If you like your borders, you can keep your borders.” Suckers!
The only consistency our leaders demonstrate is that they will lie to anyone and everyone. They dangle hope before us… and then comes the change.
A good percentage of the American people remain hard-working and decent (though Federal policies are progressively corroding that character with each passing year), but the elite who serve in DC are virtually all corrupt to the core, and untrustworthy. Period.
We don’t need men who will “get something done;” we need those who will “do the right thing,” no matter the political cost.
Peace? Peace! There is no peace to lose. The debauchery of today’s world leaders guarantees that today’s conflicts will ultimately get louder and bloodier.