For our elites, politics is something of a sport. Indeed, it takes the place of sports in many of their lives, and analyzing it, picking winners and losers, and being reflexively loyal to one team or another has a lot to do with its appeal. However, like sports, our elites like to play, and never is this more evident than in the realm of foreign policy. Right and left alike want to “do something” in Ukraine. Elites in DC and Brussels alike decry the violent takeover of government buildings in Crimea, as they applaud the violent takeover over of government buildings in Kiev. They want to remake the restrained Putin into the next Hitler, when it is we who have put resources into election results in a country on Russia’s border that is halfway around the globe from us.
The situation in Ukraine is a tragedy. It’s not roughly good versus bad, as in Venezuela. Sincere opponents on both sides are being used as pawns by billionaires and outside interests. Is there any doubt the US elites and the EU elites have absolutely no love for the super rightwing traditonalist ideology of the OUN. Andrew Bacevich, whom I nearly always agree with, reminds us that in this realm, like the budget and much else, there is remarkable consensus in the capital and that it has little to do with the wishes and wants or even interests of the American people.