Washington Post Quotes FPI's Chris Griffin and Evan Moore on 2014 NATO Summit

In "Obama Loses Ukraine," Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin writes:

Russia and its separatist allies have every reason to push a hard bargain. Russia enveloped Crimea and sent forces to invade Ukraine. Separatists shot down a civilian airliner. In response, the Obama administration and the European Union issued many huffy declarations and some middling sanctions. Barely a pinprick. As in Syria, our failure to help allies win on the battlefield consigns them to defeat at the bargaining table.

It need not have been this way. Executive director Christopher J. Griffin and senior policy analyst Evan Moore of the conservative Foreign Policy Initiative argue that we could have enacted sector-wide sanctions on Russia’s gas industry and financial industry, piled on additional sanctions against specific human rights abusers and put in place an “airtight” arms embargo. More important, as Republicans demanded months ago, the administration should at the very least have provided “Ukraine anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to enable their military to stand up to Russia’s” in addition to trainers and intelligence to aid defense of their homeland. The authors continue:

In addition, the Ukrainian government has indicated that it plans to request NATO membership, pending approval by the country’s parliament. NATO has already expressed its support for Ukrainian accession, provided that Kyiv meets the conditions for joining the alliance. As Ukraine pursues NATO membership, the United States and Europe should make clear that they will support Kyiv’s aspirations. …

Poland, the Baltic states, and Romania have requested that NATO forces be permanently stationed on their territory. As a step towards accommodating their request, NATO Secretary General Rasmussen told reporters that the alliance would create a “spearhead” rapid deployment force at the summit next week.  However, this “more visible” NATO presence near Russia is envisioned as a rotation of member state forces, not a permanent deployment. . . . Western leaders should not shy away from taking appropriate action to protect NATO members and deter further Russian aggression.

They also recommend expansion of NATO for Ukraine, Sweden, Finland and others. We should begin a Membership Action Plan (MAP) “to make MAP a reality for Georgia, while also pressuring Tbilisi to desist in its politicized prosecutions of former government officials. This step, essential for Georgia’s long-term security, sends a vital message of reassurance to Ukraine’s parliament as it debates seeking membership, and puts Moscow on notice that it cannot veto its neighbors’ NATO aspirations.”

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