American and European political leaders have demonstrated exceptional unity in opposing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As the ignominious invasion grinds towards a protracted war, the United States and Europe should convey their resolve to stay the course by articulating clear objectives for the end of the war.
The United States and Europe should plainly state that their tactical goal is to ensure a Ukraine victory. Ukraine has earned the right to define the parameters of victory within its sovereign territory. It should be the United States’ policy to do all in its power, short of direct military confrontation with Russia, to ensure Ukraine wins and Russia loses. Russia needs to come out poorer for having unlawfully invaded a peaceful neighbor. Lest it consolidate its ill-gotten gains and bide it’s time for another strike – as has been Russia’s way under Putin’s rule.