In a wide-ranging piece at LewRockwell.com, David Stockman dismantles the case for backing Ukraine against Russia, and justifies his position by explaining the real state of the Russian “threat.” He calls the country a “kleptocratic state sitting atop an aging third-rate economy with virtually zero capacity to project 21st-century offensive military power beyond its own borders.” He writes (abridged):
In Part 1 we advert to the basics. Without the demonization of Russia, Ukraine would be the no count failed state and cesspool of corruption it actually is, and not a purported “front line” buffer against Russian aggression.
Likewise, it would not have been a recipient of vast US and western military and economic aid – a condition that turned it into a honeypot for the kind of Washington influence peddling which ensnared the Bidens, induced its officials to meddle in the 2016 US election, and, in return, incited Trump’s justifiable quest to get to the bottom of the malignancy that has ensued.
So the starting point is to identify Russia for what it actually is: Namely, a kleptocratic state sitting atop an aging, Vodka-chugging population and third-rate economy with virtually zero capacity to project 21st century offensive military power beyond its own borders.
That truth, of course, shatters the whole foundation of the Warfare State.
It renders NATO an obsolete relic and eviscerates the case for America’s absurd $900 billion defense and national security budget.
With the latter’s demise, the fairest part of Washington’s imperial self-importance and unseemly national security spending-based prosperity would also crumble.
Former Congressman David A. Stockman was Reagan’s OMB director, which he wrote about in his best-selling book, The Triumph of Politics.
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Read the rest of my series on Stockman’s views on Russia and America here.