On his blog, Buchanan.org, Pat Buchanan explains to readers that the war in Ukraine does not make the list of, “the greatest threats to the republic.” More pressing says Buchanan, are “The annual invasion of our country from across the southern border by millions of illegal aliens,” and “The depreciation of the dollar through inflation, which is destroying the value of the earnings and savings of the American people.” He writes:
What would be on the list?
The annual invasion of our country from across the southern border by millions of illegal aliens. The depreciation of the dollar through inflation, which is destroying the value of the earnings and savings of the American people.
The 100,000 Americans dying yearly from fentanyl and drug overdoses. The 1,500 daily deaths from COVID-19. The thousands of Americans shot, stabbed and beaten to death on the streets of once-great American cities every year.
During the Cold War between the Soviet Empire and the West, the great achievement of presidents from Harry Truman to George H.W. Bush was that they avoided the kind of war that consumed millions of lives of Western peoples from 1914 to 1918 and 1939 to 1945.
Consider what became of those nations and empires that entered the 20th century as great or aspiring great powers.
The Hapsburg, Hohenzollern, Romanov and Ottoman empires fell in World War I. The British and French empires did not long survive their “victory” in the Second World War that they declared on Sept. 3, 1939. The Soviet Union was bankrupted and broken by the cost of waging a four-decades-long Cold War.
Wars finished all the great powers of the 20th century, save the USA.
America’s desire today may be to inflict a defeat on Putin’s Russia.
U.S. vital national interests, however, dictate a negotiated peace.
Buchanan suggests a negotiated peace deal is Joe Biden’s “higher imperative.” And that Biden’s duty is “to avoid a war between the United States and the world’s other nuclear superpower, Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”
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