Ukraine War, December 21, 2022: Zelensky comes to Washington; A time for reflection on U.S. foreign policy leadership

Developing. We are publishing this article as it is being written. Please check back for updates

To see a list of previous articles, enter “Ukraine” in the Search Box on the upper right, and you will see a list in chronological order.

To understand the broad context within which current developments in Ukraine should be considered,see

“Ukraine War, October 26, 2022: The context for analysis of current developments; The “dirty bomb” as a Russian propaganda distraction from current war crimes,” The Trenchant Observer, October 26, 2022.


1) Walter Russell Mead, “America Is Stronger Than Biden’s Foreign Policy; Like his predecessors, he hasn’t inspired much confidence in U.S. leadership,” Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2022 (6:12 p.m.);

2) Phillips Payson O’Brien, “What Trump and Musk Don’t Get About Russia’s Nuclear Threats; Putin’s hollow rhetoric warrants no concessions from the West,” The Atlantic, December 21, 2022 (6:45 a,m. et);

3) Michael McFaul, “Zelenskyy Is a Badass; Wish I were working at the White House today,” McFaul’s World (Substack), December 21, 2022;

4) Michael R. Gordon, Gordon Lubold, and Nancy A. Youssef, “U.S. Announces Nearly $2 Billion Arms Package Amid Visit by Ukraine’s Zelensky; The new package includes the Patriot air-defense system and bomb kits that enable precision strikes,” Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2022 (updated 2:47 p.m. ET);

5) Lluís Bassets, “Equidistancias y deferencias hacia Putin; Rusia, camuflada durante 70 años bajo los ropajes internacionalistas de la Unión Soviética, se comporta en su dominio hegemónico como los viejos imperios, El País, el 21 de diciembre 2022 (22:40 EST):

6) María R. Sahuquillo, “Antimisiles para proteger infraestructuras y capaces de alcanzar más de 100 kilómetros: así son los Patriot que Ucrania aguarda de Estados Unidos; Rusia considera la intención de desplegarlos como una “provocación” y amenaza a Ucrania con lanzarse contra lo que define como ‘objetivos legítimos’,” El País, el 21 de diciembre 2022 (23:40 EST);

7) María R. Sahuquillo, “Anti-missiles to protect infrastructure and capable of reaching more than 100 kilometers: these are the Patriots that Ukraine expects from the United States; Russia considers the intention to deploy them as a “provocation” and threatens Ukraine with launching itself against what it defines as ‘legitimate objectives’,” El País, December 21: 2922 (23:40 EST);

8) “Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s speech in full to a joint session of US Congress; Ukraine’s president vows his country will never abandon resistance to Russian aggression, but said Washington’s support is vital,” The Guardian, December 22, 2022 (10:11 GMT);


María R. Sahuquillo provides an excellent summary Volodymyr Zelensky ‘s trip tonWashington today (Wednesday), and the contents of the new $1,8 billion
military aid package Biden promised for Ukraine.Her report, as usual, does an excellent job of describing the context in which these developments have occurred.

Walter Russell Mead provides an accurate overview from 30,000 feet of tge current status of the war.

Michael R. Gordon, Gordon Lubold, and Nancy A. Youssef describe Zelensky’s visit to Washington, while Dan Rather and Michael McFall underline the extraordinary significance of Zelensky’s visit and his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. Both Rather’s and McFauk’s artickes are wortg reading closely.

Zelensky, like Winston Churchill, is an extraordinary leader of a courageous people, who though their allies do not always fully appreciate tge fact, are currently holding the line in a monumental struggle between the Free Workd and the dark barbarism of Russia under its current leadership of war criminals.

Bear in mind just this one thought: Each rocket, each missile, each drone launched by Russia against civilian targets in Ukraines represents a war crime.

The Trenchant Observer


A selection of the best articles from The Trenchant Observer is published on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in the Trenchant Observations newsletter on Substack.

You may subscribe here,