“We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.” — President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961
Those were simpler though no less dangerous times. The Soviet Union was seen as America’s No. 1 enemy. China had not begun to challenge its position as the world’s most powerful nation. Foreign policy then was mostly nonpartisan.
After a year of supporting Ukraine in its attempt to push back the Russian invasion and hold Vladimir Putin accountable for what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has charged are war crimes, it’s time to ask some hard questions.
First among them is, what is our goal? If it is not victory (and victory defined), what is it? Since America’s last victory in World War II, we have been engaged either in stalemates or defeat. First, in Korea, which to this day is still called a conflict, that ended in a draw, resulting in more than 33,000 American battle deaths.
Then there was Vietnam, where 58,220 U.S. soldiers perished. We lost that one to the communist North. People still argue over the reason why.