Ukraine Is a Fork in the Road.

  1. We can disagree about the details—even important ones—of economic policy.  Still, there is a more basic question: do you think that the open world economy and the free market economy of the “West” is better than the state-controlled systems of Russia and China? 
  2. Recent times have been a lamentable period for democratic government.  Still, do you think that the clown show of Western democracy is better than the Ice Capades of the Russian and Chinese dictatorships? 
  3. Are we out against two systems or are we out against two leaders (Putin and Zi)? 
  4. Nobody wants the Russian invasion of Ukraine to turn into a shooting war for the West, let alone a nuclear war.  So we need to assess the quantity and quality of our military forces if we want to deter further aggression. 
  5. Both the United States and the “West” more generally have a bunch of problems.  Foreign policy and military policy aren’t the only policies.  It would be useful to try to solve the most important problems.  Shouting and accusations will accompany any such effort.  That’s probably one of the important problems. 
  6. As I write, it appears that a stand-up comedian is striving to be a stand-up guy.  So might we all. 

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