NBC just published an article citing the arrival of two Ukrainian pilots to the U.S. for skill assessments. This is good news indeed as it opens the door for the dispatch of our advanced fighter jets, like the F-16, to Ukraine to defend against Russian aggression. It goes without saying that the stronger is Ukraine the stronger is the United States and the NATO alliance protecting Europe from Vladimir Putin waging his wars against the West.
We are now relatively convinced that the Biden Administration is strategically making the right decisions when it comes to protecting our interests and those of Europe. Unlike the early Joe Biden who was hesitant at supporting Ukraine using the might of U.S. power, today’s Biden has acclimated himself to the strategic needs that our interests bear upon us.
He has become both a war President and a peace President simultaneously. A feat that should earn our respect and admiration.
To be honest, though, we are still a long way from the full membership Ukraine deserves in NATO
UKRAINE IS INCHING CLOSER TO NATO STATUS
The U.S training Ukrainian pilots on the use of the F-16 inches the country closer to NATO. If one inspects the list of U.S. fighter jets Poland possesses, the list includes F-16’s, F-35’s, and C-130’s. By assessing the skills of Ukrainian pilots on the use of F-16’s in simulated environments, the United States has just taken the first steps in admitting Ukraine into the NATO alliance. A bold step indeed by the President Biden.
To be honest, though, we are still a long way from the full membership Ukraine deserves in NATO; especially during war times where not only it is impractical from the standpoint of assessments and upgrades to the Ukrainian military through training, but it also might cause more diplomatic headaches for NATO to announce such a measure when the decision is speculative at best.
Nonetheless, the signs are pointing in the right direction when the Biden Administration controls the narrative of the war through the display of its own power. Those two pilots arriving for training assessment is a slap in the face of Vladimir Putin whose justification for the war is to stop NATO expanding at times when Russia has demonstrated, with its Crimea invasion and annexation in 2014, that it is the culprit in this equation.
Swallowing the whole of Ukraine was inevitable when he [Putin] invaded and annexed the Crimea in 2014.
THE WEST SHOULD FEAR PUTIN
Putin has publicly provided the motivation to wage his war against Ukraine, which he blames on an ever encroaching NATO. In fact, the opposite is true. NATO is encroaching because ever since the rise of Vladimir Putin to power, Europe has witnessed the same signals and policies that eventually led to the Soviet deploying its iron curtain over much of Europe. In Putin, NATO sees a miniature Stalin and rightly so.
This makes NATO expansion a justifiable defensive move, which prompted Putin to invade Ukraine in 2023 in line with his ambitions to re-create the Soviet reach deep into the heart of Europe. Unlike post World War II, Europe today is more ready than ever to block another expansionist Russia, which is incapable of digesting either militarily or economically the continent of Europe.
The West was fearful of Vladimir Putin, and remains weary of his capacity to wage wars and violence against others as the world has witnessed over the last 24 years of his reign. Swallowing the whole of Ukraine was inevitable when he invaded and annexed the Crimea in 2014. This makes any NATO move to inch closer to the Russian borders a legitimate defensive one, and the stronger is Ukraine, the more power the United States projects abroad.