WASHINGTON, October 22. /TASS/. Vital interests of the United States, which are avoidance of war with Russia, may soon clash with Ukraine’s strategic military goals, Patrick Buchanan, an acclaimed US political commentator and columnist who served in three US administrations, wrote in the Washington-based online magazine The American Conservative on Saturday.
"In short, our vital interest — avoidance of a US war with a nuclear-armed Russia — may soon clash with the strategic war goals of Ukraine — i.e., full retrieval of Crimea and the Donbas," Buchanan wrote in his column.
"Kiev’s relentless pursuit of its vital interests" to regain territories "will eventually imperil vital US interests," believes the 83-year-old political writer, who is said to be one of the Republicans’ ideologists.
For Washington, he went on to say, "the crucial concern" in the Ukraine conflict "is not who ends up in control of Crimea and the Donbas, but that the US not be sucked into a war with Russia that could escalate into a world war and a nuclear war. That is America’s paramount interest in this crisis," stressed Buchanan, who is a founding editor of The American Conservative.
He believes that "though Kiev is not a member of NATO, the US finds itself the financier and principal armorer of Ukraine." The political scientist called on Washington to recall the outcome of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
Patrick Buchanan, who served as an assistant to US Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, hit his career peak during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. As Reagan’s speechwriter, he took part in the preparations for the historic Reykjavik summit in 1986. After leaving the White House, Buchanan has published some high-profile books on politics. His best-known work, ‘The Death of the West,’ is about the internal crisis that the US and Europe face.