By David J. Kramer
This article was published on December 23, 2022, in The Hill.
While America is not officially a combatant in the ongoing and unprovoked war against Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin started, the United States has provided vital, life-saving support to Ukraine that has made an enormous difference on the battlefield. The announcement Wednesday by the White House that the U.S. will provide one Patriot missile defense system is positive — but nowhere near enough.
Amid a seemingly endless Russian bombing campaign — aided by Iranian drones — designed to freeze and starve Ukrainians into submission (the latest reported example of alleged Russian war crimes) Ukraine needs more than one Patriot system. It needs tanks, more artillery, surface-to-surface missile, rocket launchers and fighter jets.
David J. Kramer is executive director of the George W. Bush Institute and served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor in the George W. Bush administration.
Photo credit: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during a news conference with President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)