FAST FIVE: It Was Never About Ukraine

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It Was Never About Ukraine Authored by Ted Snider via, In his March 21 press briefing, State Department spokesman Ned Price told the gathered reporters that “President Zelenskyy has also made it very clear that he is open to a diplomatic solution that does not compromise the core principles at the heart of the Kremlin's war against Ukraine.” A reporter asked Price, “What are you saying about your support for a negotiated settlement à la Zelenskyy, but on whose principles?” In what still may be the most remarkable statement of the war, Price responded, “this is a war that is in many ways bigger than Russia, it's bigger than Ukraine.” Price, who a month earlier had discouraged talks between Russia and Ukraine, rejected Kiev negotiating an end to the war with Ukraine's interests addressed because US core interests had not been addressed.

It is bigger than Ukraine because, in the eyes of Washington, it is the battle for US hegemony.

The military pressure on Russia and support for Ukraine will survive the war.

They are not to be used by NATO in the Ukraine war.

That battle is acutely about Russia but, in the long-term, it is about China, “the most comprehensive and serious challenge” to US hegemony.

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