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March 17, 2023

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a lot of heat from the GOP Establishment for saying that the war between Russia and Ukraine is a territorial dispute that’s not a vital US interest. Not that we shouldn’t help Ukraine, but that we shouldn’t promise a “blank check” for as long as it takes, which could escalate this conflict into World War III with us in the middle of it.

Kurt Schlichter has a good column on this subject in which he predicts that by the time the 2024 presidential election really gets going, most Americans will be in agreement with DeSantis.

He makes some interesting points, but one important point that’s being overlooked in the criticism of DeSantis is that, unlike many of his critics, he’s a veteran who was deployed to Iraq, so he’s seen firsthand the results of endless wars with no clear mission goal. Likewise, unlike most pundits, Schlichter is an Army veteran of a number of hotspots, including training Ukrainian soldiers in Ukraine. So when they give opinions of what’s likely to happen there, it’s not just armchair quarterbacking.

Sadly, there are some prominent voices in the Republican Party who are now advocating for direct US military confrontation with Russia. I wonder how many of them are combat veterans or have children in the military?

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