We know that most people find the Ukraine saga super boring, but this was an important development. Tucker Carlson jumped into the fray and sent a survey to every Republican candidate who is running, or rumored to be running, for president in 2024. The questions pertained to how long we should keep funding the war, and how to resolve it. What’s the end-game, in other words, since we’re risking a nuclear war over some backwater place that most Americans don’t care about at all?
Donald Trump’s response was great, and if we’re being totally fair, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s answer was too.
Two of the candidates – Nikki Haley and John Bolton – absolutely hate Tucker Carlson, so they didn’t even bother to respond to his series of reasonable questions. Everybody else did, including Gregg Abbott, Chris Christie, Kristi Noem, Vivek Ramaswamy, Tim Scott, and Mike Pence the Betrayer.
Mike Pence’s survey responses were unsurprising. He’s an establishment neocon, so he’s in favor of total war at all times, no matter the cost to America in terms of treasure or blood. He’s basically the Hillary Clinton of this cycle.
Chris Christie and Tim Scott weren’t much better in their responses. Everyone else gave a pretty reasonable response, though, and Trump and DeSantis gave really good ones.
Here are some excerpts from President Trump’s answers to Carlson’s questions:
“Like inflation and numerous other self-inflicted wounds and mistakes made over the past two years, Russia would definitely not have raided and attacked Ukraine if I was your President… Start by telling Europe that they must pay at least equal to what the U.S. is paying to help Ukraine. They must also pay us, retroactively, the difference. At a staggering 125 Billion Dollars, we are paying 4 to 5 times more, and this fight is far more important for Europe than it is for the U.S… The President must meet with each side, then both sides together, and quickly work out a deal. This can be easily done if conducted by the right President. Both sides are weary and ready to make a deal.”
All of that is true, and we know this from Trump’s track record. Europe always financially rapes the USA, and Trump is the first American president in decades who didn’t invade some other country with US troops. Peace should be the first objective when it comes to Ukraine, followed by clawing back some of the cash that Joe Biden and the idiots in Congress have poured into this mess without a vote of the people.
But here’s the surprising thing. Governor Ron DeSantis hasn’t been asked many foreign policy questions as of yet, mainly because we don’t know for sure if he’s running. But giving credit where credit is due, his response was equally great:
“The Biden administration’s virtual ‘blank check’ funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,’ without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.
Without question, peace should be the objective. The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders. F-16s and long-range missiles should therefore be off the table. These moves would risk explicitly drawing the United States into the conflict and drawing us closer to a hot war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. That risk is unacceptable.”
Peace should be the objective. Amen to that!
If you’ve been following closely, then you know that the people financially backing a DeSantis 2024 run are the same neocon financiers that brought us the exciting Jeb! campaign back in 2016.
Governor DeSantis’s reasonable and common-sense response to the Ukraine question has made the heads of his own donors explode. They’re furious with him now, because the correct response was supposed to be more WAR WAR WAR for eternity.
“This is very disappointing,” tweeted Mark Levin. “I’ll discuss on radio this evening.”
Uh oh! Certain people are probably having discussions right now, because DeSantis says that defending Ukraine is “not a vital US interest.” It’s going to be interesting now to see what route DeSantis takes. Is he even running? Blatantly opposing his own deep pocketed donors on their most important foreign policy objective suggests otherwise. Then again, he is right. We need to give peace a chance.
If DeSantis does run, it means that we have two great choices as front runners in 2024. I can’t wait to see what happens.