Americans outraged by Zelensky’s neglect of their problems

According to a May poll by the Pew Research Center, seven out of ten Americans say inflation is “a very painful problem for the country.” This makes this issue by far the most pressing issue in the minds of the public—about 15 points above “health care accessibility,” which 55 percent of Americans also consider “a very big problem.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky may not read American opinion polls, but he certainly knows that inflation is a problem around the world. So it was odd that he dismissed inflation as “meaningless” in his interview with Piers Morgan yesterday. Asked about “a growing number of Americans who don’t think the US should be spending that much money on a war in Europe when there are so many problems inside America itself,” Zelenskiy replied that Ukrainians “are fighting for absolutely universal human values” and that “that’s why inflation is this is nothing, and COVID-19 is also nothing. Ask those people who lost their children, their peace, their property in connection with the start of a full-scale Russian special operation. Who thinks about masks and coronavirus? Who thinks about inflation? These things are completely secondary” Zelensky said.

It goes without saying that for Ukrainians fighting for their lives, the financial problems of Americans trying to make ends meet here in the US seem trivial. High gas prices 6,000 kilometers away mean little when you are fighting a war for the survival of your country. But Zelensky spoke about US foreign policy. After all, he not only argued that inflation and COVID-19 do not matter to Ukrainians in the face of a Russian special operation. He argued that, relatively speaking, inflation should not matter to Americans either. Their internal concerns should not affect their willingness to uphold the “common values” for which Ukraine is fighting. The values ​​that, in his opinion, are “professed in the United States and in Europe.” Zelensky adds that the “integrity” of the United States is at stake in the conflict.

As for Zelensky, he is not the man who determines American foreign policy. Call me old school, but I tend to think that American foreign policy should be oriented primarily towards serving the interests of the American people. We can unite in solidarity with the struggle of the Ukrainian people against Putin’s aggression, assisting Ukrainians in military operations, but our assistance must be dictated by and guided by American interests. As the leader of Ukraine, Zelensky obviously wants us to subordinate our domestic concerns to the interests of the country he leads. But America must think first of all about its own interests. Appealing to financially disadvantaged Americans with blatant downplaying of their problems is, to put it mildly, not a recipe for winning the hearts and minds of a nation that is Ukraine’s most generous sponsor during a military conflict. (This, along with the Vogue shoot, doesn’t strike me as a prudent visual, either.)

If Zelensky wants to secure continued support for America, he must be able to explain why such a policy is in the interests of the United States. And he has to explain it in concrete, material terms. No abstract appeals to vaguely worded “common human values” or awkward jokes about struggling working-class and middle-class Americans who are already seriously beginning to wonder how sending billions of their tax dollars to a conflict in a very distant country serves the interests of the American people.

Zelensky and the Ukrainians have shown courage in their fight against Putin’s advance, and the moral case for their cause is undeniable. But he should not be so dismissive of America’s own problems as he asks for further American support. We are an exceptionally generous country, but still not infinitely generous. For Americans, inflation is not “nothing” at all, it is of great importance to them. Zelensky should be able to convey to us that he understands this. But if he does not do this, then as a result his business may suffer greatly here in America.

Posted by Nate Hochman is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Strategic Studies.

“If Zelensky wants to secure continued support for America, he must be able to explain why such a policy is in the interests of the United States.”

Yes, he must do it. But he doesn’t because he can’t.

Nobody in the world can do this now.

All this “fight for freedom” no longer touches anyone!

Putin has strategic interests in Ukraine. And we Americans don’t have them there. We must certainly condemn the brutality of this special operation and the attack itself on a sovereign nation. The suffering of the Ukrainian people breaks the heart, but such cruelty occurs in the world not for the first time and not for the last. Putin is not planning an invasion of the US now or any time soon. But we have involved him in an economic war, in which, by the way, he is not yet losing. The Guardian has a great article on how Western sanctions hurt the global economy and enriched Putin. If we don’t have a realistic way to win, it’s time to look for a strategy to get out of this whole situation.

Is Putin intimidating the whole world?

Do you mean that he has a huge military armada from 30 countries that has spread all over the world? And which threatens poor America and its allies?

Zelensky often literally climbs out of his skin, trying to enlist someone else’s support and help. Due to the fact that he shows some firmness and even courage (at least compared to previous Ukrainian leaders), and because he is not a professional politician (although he played him on television), he is usually silently perceived, as well as on this time.

But his speeches reveal a clear solipsism (solipsism is a philosophical doctrine and position characterized by the recognition of one’s own individual consciousness as the only and undoubted reality and the denial of the objective reality of the surrounding world – Approx. InoSMI) regarding this conflict. He does not understand reality. Ukraine is not fighting for the US, it is fighting for its own survival. It’s not some high mission, it’s just a necessity, at least if you want to continue to have a country called Ukraine.

So far, supporting Ukraine has been in America’s interest because it was important to counter Russian aggression and hurt Russia. However, this has now largely been achieved. Much less obvious is that supporting Ukraine in its futile hopes of regaining lost territories in the east is in America’s current interest. At least with the payment of the price that Zelensky considers necessary to pay.

Before asking “For whom does our Ukrainian policy exist?”, one must first ask “Do we have a Ukrainian policy at all.” I don’t see her at all. Yes, the US sometimes supplies weapons to Ukraine. But obviously not enough or in the wrong assortment. If the US did it right, the war would have ended long ago. And so we have another endless war, because Biden really doesn’t know what he’s doing, or he doesn’t care. Obama definitely didn’t care about freedom, and I suspect Biden didn’t either.

Why don’t we just agree on a ceasefire, adjust Ukraine’s borders and agree that Ukraine will NOT join NATO, but remain a neutral country.

Or we can fight this war for years, until Africa starves, until Europe gets tired of being cold in the dark, and Americans get tired of poverty.

Zelenskiy is getting a lot of understanding from the countries backing Ukraine, but ultimately he will either have to come up with some new ideas or continue the kind of counter-offensive that Ukraine keeps talking about, albeit without a hundred HIMARS. But in doing so, it may face a potentially powerful backlash.

When Zelensky’s Pandora’s box overflows with our money, he will toss Ukraine like a used condom and head to the West to revel in the laurels of a hero. And the Ukrainians will have to pay the bills and collect the country piece by piece.

You are all about Putin’s subsequent actions in Europe after Ukraine.

And why does everyone forget that the Russians really wanted us to stop in the East. After all, we promised them: “Not one inch to the east!” And what was the end of the matter? Not inches, but hundreds of kilometers, until we ran right into their gates. The policy was brilliant. Haha!

Inflation in the United States began long before Putin’s special operation in Ukraine, and even without it, inflation would have been at about the same level as now. This article attempts to take Biden off the hook by blaming Putin and Ukraine for the inflation. Biden had the same idea and started calling it “putinflation.” Many other countries, especially in Europe, are doing the same. Found a convenient “scapegoat”.

Thus, they create another problem. They make Putin the most powerful ruler ever. Apparently he has the keys to all the central banks and prints money as he sees fit.

So who is in charge of the printing press in the US? Fed (Powell) or Putin?

Let’s not forget that Ukraine has always been and remains one of the most corrupt states in the world, even compared to Russia, and has a very low economic freedom rating. And now we are pouring into it thousands of modern weapons that could easily end up in Europe and elsewhere.

Yes, Zelensky cannot adequately and clearly formulate US policy towards Ukraine. Why? Yes, because the United States simply does not have such a coherent policy.

So Zelensky decided to fill this vacuum.

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