Force necessary for Ukraine situation

Published: Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014 - 10:04 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 - 10:58 am

For the first time in three generations, the leader of a major nation is changing European borders with force. A Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine should be met with the strongest possible response short of war, the best way to prevent a future broader war.

A strong response is not just sanctions, but a sustained increase in U.S. military forces in Europe, on the territory of every willing NATO ally, including in Eastern Europe and including main battle tanks and air forces.

A strong response should also include substantial military assistance to Ukraine and Georgia and a fast track for both countries to join NATO.

I write as a non-combat Army veteran who has long advocated military cuts and avoiding unneeded wars. However, the NATO alliance and European peace are central to our national security. In these circumstances, we need clear strength.

-- Martin L. Buchanan, Folsom

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