by Gordon Hahn
One can perhaps understand that the US wants to support Kiev against Russia. I do not agree with this policy, and believe the US helped cause the crisis and should show leadership in resolving it rather than sitting by silently and letting it deepen or worse contributing to its escalation. But can anyone supporting our support for Kiev explain to me why we have not demanded that Kiev rein in its forces so they observe some minimal care for civilian lives and arrest Right Sector and other terrorists deliberately killing civilians and refusing to submit to state no less civilian control? Shameful. George Washington is rolling over in his grave or better President and General Eisenhower, who led the Western fight against German fascism. As the son of a West Pointer, after decades of loving my country, I can say with sadness that I am ashamed at the failure to seek a resolution. What vital American interest does Ukraine being in NATO and the EU serve, in particular, when a the jihadi threat grows and Russia can play an important role in fighting it. Rather than bickering and killing Ukraine, we should be preparing joint, full-scale military operations with Russia, Ukraine, and other willing states against IS and AQ in the Levant. When NATO member Turkey is overrun we will rue the day we allowed Cold War inertia, the NATO bureaucracy, and State Department/USAID democracy-promotion zealots to turn our heads away from the real threat.