Plus ça change (Pentagon edition)

Why aren’t we giving Ukraine the fighter jets she needs to defend herself? If this report is true (see excerpt below), all I can say is that Pentagon officials are abandoning Ukraine, our supposed ally, the same way they botched our disgraceful 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan and the same way they bungled the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion (for more details about the latter failure, see here).

“[Zelensky] also urgently requested allies to resolve a logistical problem to move fighter jets from Poland into Ukraine. The Polish military offered its Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to the Ukrainian Air Force by way of a U.S. base in Germany, but the Pentagon nixed the idea, saying it would put NATO directly into combat with Russia. ‘It is simply not clear to us that there is a substantive rationale for it’, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said of Poland’s proposal. ‘We will continue to consult with Poland and our other NATO allies about this issue and the difficult logistical challenges it presents, but we do not believe Poland’s proposal is a tenable one’.”

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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