There is no comparison between the Iraq war and supporting Ukraine

In Ukraine, the neo-isolationists of the right are fighting the last war.

They warn of a return to the bellicose mood that led to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 – never mind that they warn the wrong country.

If 20 years ago the United States launched a large-scale military intervention without properly assessing the risks or understanding the political and cultural contours of the country they would occupy, now it’s the Russians, not the Ukrainians, the Europeans, or us repeat this mistake.

Giving the Ukrainians Javelin missiles so they can fire at armored columns circling their cities is far from taking over a major Middle Eastern country no clear exit plan.

The notion that the national mood is disturbingly similar to that of 2003 misses something of the utmost importance – 9/11.

We would not have invaded Afghanistan or Iraq had it not been for the shock of one of the most brazen and destructive attacks on the homeland in American history. It is impossible for any overseas event playing on our television screens to come close to the rawness and emotionality power of attacks of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Yet the neo-isolationists, calling themselves realists or restrainers, want to believe that we are on the brink of a dangerous situation Escalation in Ukraine While there have been prominent voices calling for a no-fly zone that would constitute such an escalation, President Joe Biden has been strongly opposed, as has left-right opinion. Without a truly groundbreaking event on the ground in Ukraine, this simply isn’t a viable option.

What we are realistically talking about is increasing material support for the Ukrainians and further sanctions against the Russians. Both should be done with care, but neither is synonymous with it Beginning of the Third World War.

A US Army soldier patrols next to a highway culvert where a Humvee vehicle was destroyed in an attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad July 16, 2003.
The US invasion of Iraq came under very different circumstances during former President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism.
REUTERS/Chris Helgren

As Jakob Heilbrunn noted in a cable for Politico Basically, from an “emergency” conference held by restrainers in Washington, DC, their preferred policy approach is to allow the Ukrainians to be conquered by the Russians for their own good as quickly as possible — this way the Russians will stop bombing their cities with rubble.

The citizens of Bucha might find this a very strange form of caring. One can only imagine what the Retaining Council did to the Greek city-states, which faced the advances of the Persian Empire in the 5th century BC. resisted the Carthaginians during the Punic Wars or the Russians during Napoleon’s invasion.

Submit to your foreign overlords who seek to occupy or dismember your country and destroy your democratically elected government is not advice that many nations would ever be willing to accept.

For writers and analysts who describe themselves as realists, the restrainers actually show a deep lack of awareness of how motivated people feel, even when they are heavily outnumbered, to defend their culture and homeland when an intruder seeks to enforce foreign rule.

A U.S. soldier watches as a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein falls April 9, 2003 in central Baghdad
A US soldier watches the famous toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad April 9, 2003.
REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

That’s certainly true alien to the Bush administration Over time, politics became far too idealistic, bordering on the hereafter. That doesn’t mean that we have to jettison all moral judgment in foreign policy in response. Yes, Ukraine is a corrupt and ailing democracy, but there can be no doubt about its superiority Vladimir Putin’s venal dictatorship or the guilt of Russia for launching a heinous war of aggression.

To say it differently is to ignore all relevant distinctions in this conflict – who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who hates the West and who wants to join it, who gave up nuclear weapons decades ago and who is making nuclear threats, and by the way, who won against all odds and repeatedly embarrassed his vaunted military machine.

In trying to avoid the 2003 mistake, the restrainers make their own 2022 mistake.

Twitter: @RichLowry

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