David Rothkopf: The Ukraine war won’t be exempt from American polarization. He says elite consensus continues to back Ukraine’s drive to repel Russia’s invasion, but right-wing skepticism is growing. Washington should justify U.S. support for Ukraine as a limited defense of national sovereignty, military might, he says. America’s conflict with Russia is not that polarizing, but culture warriors can project their views onto the conflict in Europe. Ideology is a powerful mobilizer, and Biden’s democracy framing has probably rallied dovish U.S. liberals. Ironically, the strongest arguments for Washington’s backing of Ukraine have nothing to do with America’s domestic contest over democracy.
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