Once again the United States allows others countries to take all the pain and economic down turn when the responsibility is firmly theirs!
When the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine became an independent country it had the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world after the USA and Russia. In an inherently unstable area it was felt this was a dangerous situation, so during negotiations it was agreed that the USA and Russia would GUARANTEE the Ukraine’s sovereign integrity. A treaty was signed stating that the Ukraine would give up its nuclear stockpile to which the USA and Russia stood guarantors.
The nuclear warheads disappeared and Russia invaded!!!!! So where was the American military? why aren’t tanks rolling across the steps? why aren’t there American aircraft carriers parked in the Black Sea???
Why is it that when America signs a treaty it reneges on it???
The Ukraine shows that Putin is nothing but a thug and bully! But what it also shows is that nobody can rely on any treaty with the United States of America.
If Russian tanks were rolling across Poland would the USA stand and dither? and would the US Congress stand by its international treaties?
If the Ukraine had kept just a small number of those nuclear warheads I wonder if the Russian Military units would have invaded?
What this situation shouts out loud and clear is you cannot depend on these countries for your freedom. Plus their actions do not give other countries confidence in either reducing their nuclear arsenal or even developing their own nuclear weapons.
What it does show is that you need to carry your own big stick!
The United States of America is giving up nothing, is sacrificing nothing. So what value is trust in America?
© Michael Douglas Bosc