The 2023 NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania (a NATO member state with a population of 2.8 million people) wrapped up Wednesday evening with the parties to the alliance declaring their steadfast support for Ukraine, which is now over 500 days into their latest inter slavic skirmish with Russian forces.
The summit acted as a celebration of the Slava Slush Fund, with Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelensky — who has presided over Ukraine’s transformation from a largely sovereign nation state into a subsidiary of a colonial empire — on hand sporting his standard costume.
During the summit, a visibly powerless Zelensky begged and pleaded for Ukraine’s entry into NATO, expressing his frustration with the lack of movement on Kiev’s application into the alliance. But alas, NATO entry was not to be had.
Here’s Joe Biden’s explanation for why Ukraine can’t be a part of NATO right now.
He told CNN this week:
“I don’t think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now, at this moment, in the middle of a war. For example, if you did that, then, you know – and I mean what I say – we’re determined to commit every inch of territory that is NATO territory. It’s a commitment that we’ve all made no matter what. If the war is going on, then we’re all in war. We’re at war with Russia, if that were the case.”
“But I think it’s premature to say, to call for a vote, you know, in now, because there’s other qualifications that need to be met, including democratization and some of those issues.”
Yes, I realize that barely made any sense.
That’s because there is no legitimate application process for joining NATO. It is not a meritocracy or even something akin to a university application process. What’s happening in Vilnius is one big game of posturing and pretend. NATO entry to Ukraine is not on the table and it won’t be until there is an end to kinetic hostilities between Moscow and Kiev.
Ukraine’s non admission to NATO has absolutely nothing to do with the country’s well known corruption and other “anti-democratic” practices, although those are good subjective excuses to buy indefinite amounts of time.
In short, the parties to the proxy war don’t want Ukraine in NATO because they prefer to have Ukrainians and only Ukrainians to fight the battles for them.
While Ukraine has traditionally served as a buffer state between East (Russia) and West (NATO), the Zelensky government has gone all-in on the latter side. The decision to become the tip of the NATO spear has had devastating ramifications for actual Ukrainians, as the country’s fighting age males continue to bear the enormous burden of the Biden Administration-led proxy war against Russia.
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