Harvard professor and ‘Strength to Strength’ author Arthur Brooks argued that the Russia-Ukraine crisis was an ‘opportunity’ for Biden to uphold American values and discussed the conflict’s impact on the United States. States, as well as on Europe.
“It’s a challenge to our core values,” Brooks told Varney & Co. on Thursday.
“This is an opportunity for President Biden to stand up for American values, outright, not to hedge his bets, not to hide the truth, but to say, ‘Look, Democrat, Republican, moderate, the force for good in this world, a force for peace and prosperity, the rule of law, opportunity, societies – that is American democratic capitalism.”
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Brooks stressed that he was not encouraging the United States to “go to war,” but that the Biden administration must be “intransigent against the kind of activities that have impoverished nations for centuries.”
“What we have seen is this incredible and unprecedented acceleration of prosperity and peace across the West since the end of World War II, precisely because of the values that Putin and Russia are transgressing in this moment…that’s why we should oppose it,” Brooks noted.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his long-awaited military operation in Ukraine on Wednesday night.
The Harvard professor then pointed out that NATO’s “problem” is that it has been “underinvested” by European allies.
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“They’re spending a lot less than they advertised, and the result is that we’re too dependent on the United States…that’s one of the problems we have with Russia right now,” Brooks explained.