The war in Ukraine, two years in the making, has prompted a shift in public opinion and support for the conflict. The White House is now finding it increasingly challenging to secure funding for Ukraine and maintain unwavering support for unlimited military aid and taxpayer dollars. While publicly expressing unwavering support for Ukraine, the Biden administration is privately indicating a preference for ceasefire negotiations, even at the expense of territory lost to Russia. This shift in strategy aims to spin the failed foreign war as a leadership win for President Biden.
The mainstream media is aiding in crafting a new narrative that a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine, even if it means Russia keeps the conquered lands, would be a victory for both President Zelensky and President Biden. This narrative suggests that regaining territory is not the only measure of victory in the war, and that Ukraine rising as a strong, independent, and prosperous state, firmly planted in the West, would be considered a win.
President Zelensky’s expectation for a negotiated peace hinges on Russia withdrawing all its troops from the territories previously Ukrainian, including Crimea. However, some argue that Ukraine’s membership in NATO would be the ultimate victory, regardless of land lost.
Political realities indicate a decline in support for the war among American voters, prompting the Biden administration to shift the narrative to align with public opinion. The administration acknowledges that the only way the war ends is through negotiation, despite the political risk to President Biden.
The lack of a clear strategy on foreign policy and the strength of Russia compared to Ukraine pose challenges for the United States in the conflict. President Putin is ready to negotiate a ceasefire, viewing it as a victory for Russia. Meanwhile, President Biden is attempting to frame the ceasefire as a victory for Ukraine, despite Putin’s continued power and influence.
President Biden’s comments now indicate a shift in mindset at the White House, acknowledging that support for Ukraine will only last “as long as we can.” This strategy allows the administration to distance themselves from any perceived failures and potentially reignite the conflict later for a more politically positive posture.
In conclusion, the United States’ foreign policy in the conflict has been criticized for feeding the flames of foreign conflict without resolving anything. The focus on advancing political and financial goals at the expense of American taxpayers and other nations highlights the flaws in current foreign policy.