As the war in Ukraine continues to rage and the death toll continues to rise, establishment politicians in the United States remain determined to support the conflict. The majority of the American public does not support the government sending additional aid to the Ukrainian war effort, and a CNN poll in early August showed that some 55% oppose continued aid. Despite indicators that the public citizenry to which politicians are accountable is against intervention in the conflict, establishment figures across party lines remain focused on promoting it in government affairs. Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah, is one of those leaders.
The long-serving career politician stated on Friday August 25th that he believes it is in the nation’s best interest to continue to provide Ukraine with monies and military supplies to sustain a war effort. The senator is of the opinion that Putin’s motives in the Ukrainian conflict are to re-establish the Soviet Union. Romney also claimed that should the Russians be defeated, a more powerful adversary to American interests (China) would be deterred when considering future foreign aggression. The public servant from Utah also alleged that former president Donald Trump and his “America First” agenda was the reason for the commencement of hostilities.
At the beginning of the month, the Biden administration requested congressional approval for another $13 billion in aid to Ukraine. It is unsurprising that many career politicians across party lines, longstanding staples of the Washington bureaucracy, support the war effort. From the perception of much of the American public, the nation’s politicians have “sold out” the ordinary citizenry for their own benefit and that of the military industrial complex over the last several decades, unnecessarily engaging in foreign conflicts which provide no benefit to the people of the United States. While the future is uncertain, it is clear that under the current administration, hawkish positions on the war in eastern Europe will continue to permeate Washington.