Should NATO Fight Putin Now?
Should the U.S. and NATO engage Putin on the Ukrainian battleground with the full force of their military might, right here, right now?
(Seattle, March 4, 2022)
It’s understandable for the United States and NATO to declare that they are not at war with Russia, because Putin has not invaded land protected by the military alliance.
It’s understandable that the U.S. and NATO do not want to engage in military conflict with Putin’s forces and risk a worldwide conflict or, perhaps, unleash World War III?
But, are they only avoiding the inevitable? Do they not believe that Putin has land ambitions beyond the borders of Ukraine? Do they not believe that Putin wants to reconstitute the larger historical Russian empire? Do they not believe that once Putin conquers and subjugates Ukraine, he will invade other European nations which were once part of the Soviet Union?
All this begs some questions:
- Should the U.S. and NATO engage the Russian military now with their considerable forces on the Ukrainian battlefield?
- Should they seize Ukrainian airspace?
- Should they eliminate the Russian convoy on its way to Kyiv with allied missiles and drone strikes?
- Should they send NATO troops to the cities of Ukraine to directly confront Russia’s military forces and stop Putin‘s immoral ambitions?
I know that Putin has threatened to use nuclear force and has, in fact, put Russia’s arsenal of nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles on high alert, ready to strike its adversaries if they should engage Putin’s invasion force.
- So, should all the nuclear nations in the NATO alliance also make their nukes ready and targeted at Moscow?
I know that the West is now arming the Ukrainian military forces and doing its best to cripple Putin’s financial ability to wage further war. And they are breaking economic relationships with Russian companies and Putin’s cabal of oligarchs and elites.
But, I worry that Ukraine will fall under this increasingly brutal and immoral assault by Putin, in spite of the West’s significant economic sanctions and its aggressive re-arming of the Ukrainian military forces. What then? Well, Putin will be even more emboldened, like Hitler in the preamble to World War II, to expand his invasion across Europe.
The combined forces of the United States and NATO presumably could, and would, decimate Putin’s armed forces, if unleashed with full power and determination.
As of now, the West is doing everything in its power to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia. Meanwhile, Ukraine is being sacrificed in the name of not escalating what may be an inevitable and widening war.
So, the question remains:
- Is it time for the West to fight Putin directly, forcefully and inexorably on the Ukrainian battleground?