Why Republicans are turning against aid to Ukraine

Why Republicans are turning against aid to Ukraine

Ukraine’s counteroffensive in its conflict with Russia is finally making headway after two months of gruelling battle.

A significant Russian cruiser was crippled this week by a drone attack from the ocean, and the Ukrainians are gradually regaining land that they lost when Russia invaded in February 2022.

According to a recent SSRS study for the majority of Americans today want to give up the battle, and a larger proportion of Republicans agree. It’s a poor notion that’s gaining support just as it should and represents a low point for the Reagan party.

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55% of respondents agreed that Congress should halt approving new military aid for Kiev in the survey that was released on Friday. What’s worse, in my opinion, is that Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to support ending aid.

According to the study, 71% of Republicans said Congress should halt providing more aid. Democrats are 62% in favour of giving Ukraine extra money.

The poll’s findings, in my opinion, show that many members of my party would reject friends who are putting their lives in danger to defend democracy. They would act in this manner precisely as the Ukrainians started to drive the Russians out of the territories they had controlled earlier in the war. There isn’t much that could be more demoralising for an army and a nation that has bravely fought for almost 18 months while relying on US aid.

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There appear to be two variables at work here. The first is Ukraine’s sluggish advancement on the battlefield. The reality of Russian fortifications has dashed hopes that Kyiv’s soldiers would retake vast areas of land during its summer counteroffensive. Rather than “shock and awe,”

One may refer to the second factor influencing Republican attitude as “the Trump effect.” The former president, who is currently running for re-election, has such a strong hold on the Republican Party that his concerns about providing aid to Ukraine have had a significant impact on Republicans as a whole.

Prior to Donald Trump, Republicans were not the kind to give up the fight for a strategic partner’s democracy, potentially giving Vladimir Putin of Russia the upper hand. The Soviet Union’s demise was brought about by Cold War combatants like us.

Republicans are learning to let go of America’s position as the pillar of democracy and freedom in the face of Trump, who has embraced Putin. Instead of joining the fight against Hitler, these Republicans are opting for the sad isolationism of those who opposed it. Charles Coughlin, a radio priest at the time, stood out among do-nothings for his strong voice. Today, Fox News provides them some solace.

In a manner that is typical of his petty approach to policy, Trump has articulated his viewpoint. In order to obtain records from the FBI inquiry into the financial affairs of President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, he threatened to withhold war funding. Until “the FBI, DOJ, and IRS hand over” information in the Biden family inquiry by House Republicans, the US should “refuse to authorise a single additional shipment of our depleted weapons stockpiles,” according to remarks made by Trump last month. Additionally, he stated that US policy should put school safety ahead of help to Ukraine.

On the surface, it seems odd that Hunter Biden and school safety should have anything to do with aiding Ukraine. The former president pressed on two contentious themes in his remarks, which made his supporters sit up and take attention.

From a conservative Republican standpoint, I find it amazing that Democrats are staunchly supporting Ukraine, as the CNN poll indicates. It echoes a longer-term pattern of the left feeling more at ease with the military of the United States.

Dominic Tierney, a political science professor at Swarthmore College, wrote in The Atlantic in 2022 that Democrats changed their views on the military under the Trump administration because it supported tradition and the rule of law. Although Tierney’s claim is hypothetical, I prefer to concur with him.

Indisputable evidence of Democratic support for using military force to resolve geopolitical situations is provided by the CNN poll.

Isolationists don’t understand how America contributes to global stability, but as a former member of Congress who focused on US commitments abroad and an Air National Guard pilot who participated in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have.

We assist other countries in creating stable, affluent societies through commerce, foreign aid, and treaties. In Afghanistan, where the authoritarian Taliban have retaken control due to our withdrawal, our direct military assistance has been especially crucial. Both the Afghan people and the rest of the world suffered from our retreat.

Trump’s main competitor for the Republican presidential candidature in 2024, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, claimed in March that America has no essential interest in Ukraine and referred to the conflict as a “territorial dispute.” DeSantis has already apologised for his remarks regarding the territorial issue, but in my opinion, GOP voters are aware of his reservations about funding the war.

This stance would protect him from the jeers that another Trump rival, former Vice President Mike Pence, received last month when he announced his support for aiding Ukraine at a conservative meeting in Iowa. Chris Christie, a former governor of New Jersey, was in Kiev on Friday to support the conflict. It’s not clear who might be listening to him, though.

Congress is the main source of official opposition to help to Ukraine, which does have an impact on how the aid is distributed. To completely shut off Kiev, 70 House Republicans voted in July. Although this number is not yet sufficient to affect change, the opponents are from the party’s extreme right side, which has a significant influence during primary. Due to this influence, candidates are

Another sign that the conservatism I once knew and on which America depended is vanishing is the rank and file of my party losing hope in the struggle for democracy.

The Reagan party, which was unwavering in its opposition to tyranny, is no longer in existence. A GOP that seems indifferent to the need for American leadership throughout the world and unconcerned with the suffering of a nation we should support until the war is ended is rising in its stead.