When Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis to clarify his position with regard to Russia’s war on Ukraine, DeSantis responded.

Here’s the first part of DeSantis’ answer:

“While the U.S. has many vital national interests – securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party – becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them. The Biden administration’s virtual “blank check” funding of this conflict for “as long as it takes,” without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.

Without question, peace should be the objective. The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders. F-16s and long-range missiles should therefore be off the table. These moves would risk explicitly drawing the United States into the conflict and drawing us closer to a hot war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. That risk is unacceptable.

A policy of “regime change” in Russia (no doubt popular among the DC foreign policy interventionists) would greatly increase the stakes of the conflict, making the use of nuclear weapons more likely. Such a policy would neither stop the death and destruction of the war, nor produce a pro-American, Madisonian constitutionalist in the Kremlin. History indicates that Putin’s successor, in this hypothetical, would likely be even more ruthless. The costs to achieve such a dubious outcome could become astronomical.

One of the parts of his response that stuck out most to people was his characterization of the war as “a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia.” Is that what it is? Depends on whom you ask. But one thing is for sure: him using that term doesn’t make him a risk to U.S. national security.

If you’re MSNBC host and NBC/MSNBC anchor and legal contributor Katie Phang, though, you believe it does:

Come on, now.

And then reread it again and keep rereading it until you realize how insane it sounds.

No kidding. We’re old enough to remember flexibility and phone calls from the 1980s and reset buttons and minor incursions.

Or at least shades of the usual intellectual offerings from MSNBC.

Ain’t that the truth.

It may be too late for Katie, but it’s not too late for everyone else.


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