From an opinion piece in the Washington Post by Washington Post associate editor David Ignatius: The West feels gloomy about Ukraine. Here’s why it shouldn’t:
Meanwhile, for the United States and its NATO allies, these 18 months of war have been a strategic windfall, at relatively low cost (other than for the Ukrainians). The West’s most reckless antagonist has been rocked. NATO has grown much stronger with the additions of Sweden and Finland. Germany has weaned itself from dependence on Russian energy and, in many ways, rediscovered its sense of values. NATO squabbles make headlines, but overall, this has been a triumphal summer for the alliance.”
To which my response is:
Indeed, the war was planned and provoked by the U.S. to weaken Russia.