Originally Posted by Gibonius
That's a worrying statement. He's ceding to the Russian logic that they have an absolute right to control sovereign nations
that are within their claimed sphere of influence.I guess you can support the idea that we don't need to be involved in countries that aren't directed interests of ours, full stop
. But he makes it sound like we're dropping bombs and stationing troops in Ukraine. We were barely willing to sell them lethal weaponry.
Yep, you could. But it might be a tough sell even with voters who lean strongly anti-interventionist, anti-hawk. But hey, if you blur the distinctions and create the (fictional, but who's counting) suggestion that it's not really international aggression but rather some internal RedRusskie in-fighting that he have no business meddling in, that might work as a fig leaf.
But of course Johnson would never pander or dissemble to try to avoid alienating potential voters. Only major party candidates do that.