*Editor’s note: On March 4, Russia enacted a law that criminalizes public opposition to, or independent news reporting about, the war in Ukraine. The law makes it a crime to call the war a “war” rather than a “special military operation” on social media or in a news article or broadcast. The law is understood to penalize any language that “discredits” Russia’s use of its military in Ukraine, calls for sanctions or protests Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It punishes anyone found to spread “false information” about the invasion with up to 15 years in prison.
President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the conflict in Ukraine has allowed the U.S. to preserve its worldwide dominance.
Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the United States intends to preserve its worldwide dominance after the conflict in Ukraine is over.
Moreover, Sullivan is certain the events taking place in Ukraine’s “independent” territory are facilitating U.S. hegemony.
“One of the things Russia and Ukraine has done for the U.S. and U.S. foreign policy is … positioned us to lead the Westen alliance in the Euro-Atlantic region … and that gives us an opportunity not just in geopolitical competition but to deal with the great challenges of our time,” Sullivan said during an interview at the Aspen Institute’s annual Aspen Security Forum.
One thing the presidential adviser said Washington has to offer the entire world is “confidence,” which must be nurtured and displayed for all countries. In his opinion, this “commodity” will not lose its value for decades.
Indeed, Sullivan modestly omitted how America’s position allowing it to “to lead the Western alliance” has led to unprecedented inflation in European countries and myriad problems in the United States. He also failed to specify what “confidence” he had in mind. At the very least, among EU countries, there is prevailing confidence that everything could get even worse. This hardly creates favorable conditions for the preservation of world leadership.