Ukraine in US politics

The Ukraine issue is beginning to affect the upcoming congressional elections in eight months’ time – and the 2024 presidential race

Ukraine in US politics

The comments of Lindsey Graham, who called for the assassination of Russia’s president, have caused a major scandal in Washington. Graham is one of the most ardent neocons in the Senate and a close friend of the late McCain. He hopes to lead the Republican caucus in the Senate when the current leader, 80-year-old Mitch McConnell, retires and Republicans regain their Senate majority.

However, Graham’s peculiarity is that the more radical he is on foreign policy, the more moderate he is on US domestic issues. This is causing extreme dissatisfaction on the right wing of the Republicans, so the prospects for his future career remain murky.

Graham’s comments have been openly criticised by Ted Cruz – who himself aspires to a post higher than the rank-and-file senator. Cruz the other day introduced the “Energy Independence Act” to support the US oil and gas market. Amid the Ukrainian crisis, the cost of petrol in America has jumped 12% in a month to multi-year highs – and continues to rise.

The act talks of lifting restrictions on hydrocarbon production, building new pipelines and prohibiting the US president from unilaterally restricting production on federal lands (which Biden does). As long as the Democrats are in power, this bill will not pass.

But it is important to “spin” Cruz with the prospect of a presidential run in 2024 or 2028. Similar ideas are being put forward by Ron DiSantis, who also has presidential ambitions – since the Biden sanctions are not working, we must reduce dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.

Meanwhile, Trump is bluntly calling Biden’s Ukrainian policy idiotic – and expects the next crisis in Taiwan. Trump understands that it is enough for him to watch contentedly as the Democrats flounder in confusion at the destruction of their eight-year old Ukraine project.

Malek Dudakov