Russia's invasion of the Ukraine has become a war of attrition--Russia stalemated on the battlefield, facing economic repercussions from Europe and America. If the Russians can't wind up the invasion soon, it becomes a question of which gets to them first, bankruptcy or participation from NATO on the side of Ukraine? Europe and America must continue pressuring Putin and his general staff.
In the German newspapers, I see finger-pointing everyday--not at Putin and his general staff, but at President Biden, former President Trump, former Chancellor Merkel of Germany, and her Socialist predecessor Schröder. You almost forget who started the invasion. The subterfuge and betrayal perpetrated by Putin takes back-seat to intramural rivalries.
Rather than focus on the common enemy, Republicans blame Democrats, Democrats blame Republicans. The level of disunity in our country undermines whatever common effort America brings to the bargaining table. The enemy understands well the American Achilles-Heel: play the disunity-card. Putin doesn't have to worry about us so much. We are too busy attending political blame-games.
What needs to happen to bring home to Americans the risk caused by our disunity? And don't tell me that we need to forget our petty quarrels and pull together. The old patriotic clichés no longer work. Disunified America couldn't put up much of a fight, no matter who our enemy is. Do we need another humiliating loss to reveal this to the whole World?
Only if we divide America, can the new nations field an unbeatable force, fueled by unity and a common sense of purpose; but they have to go their own ways, first.