I wanted to call attention to one sentence in Walter Russell Mead’s latest Wall Street Journal column:
If Ukraine had depended on Europe alone for help, the Russian flag would be flying over the ruins of Kharkiv, Kyiv and Odessa.
If one thing emerged from the wargames to which I have repeatedly referred it is how vital European preparedness is.
Dr. Mead refers to the frailty of European triumphalism about the Ukraine war. IMO that’s understating it. Any “triumphalism” is fantastical but it’s part and parcel of how the Europeans, the Germans in particular, have been behaving lately. They’ve been treating posturing and position statements as though they were accomplishments.