Should the United States Continue to Send Military Aid to Ukraine?
Summary from AllSides News Team
As lawmakers battle over federal spending, the United States’ continued aid to Ukraine is again up for debate.
Moral & Strategic Win: A writer in the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) argued continued aid to Ukraine is both morally and strategically right, stating, “it is hard to think of any U.S. foreign policy initiative since the end of the Cold War that has been more successful or more important than U.S. aid to Ukraine.” The writer argues the U.S. is weakening the Russian military and bolstering the security of NATO allies in Eastern Europe “without having to put a single U.S. soldier at risk on the front lines.” Addressing growing Republican opposition to Ukraine aid, the writer concludes, “Republicans never proposed to end funding” for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where nearly 7,000 American troops were killed.
Mindful Aid: A writer in Townhall (Right bias) argued the U.S. should be aware of the dangers of a “wounded and unpredictable Russia.” Contrasting the Ukraine war with the proxy conflicts of the 20th century, the writer determines the proxy conflicts between the U.S. and Russia during the Cold War never involved “direct conventional attacks on their homelands.” While the writer argues the U.S. should help Ukraine, it “should be mindful in doing so that the entire region is a historical Gordian Knot of poorly understood but ancient intertwined and competing threads -- one that may risk being cut by a Russian nuclear sword.”
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