Ukraine to NATO? ‘Non-starter’ for Ron DeSantis
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'Why would we want to do things that are going to make it more likely that we're going to get dragged into a war?'

Ukraine to NATO is a no-go for Florida’s Governor.

In Ron DeSantis’ latest show of neutrality amidst Russia’s invasion of its neighbor, he said adding Ukraine to the security alliance would be a “non-starter” for him.

“To say that we should be adding countries like Ukraine into NATO, that’s a non-starter for me because all you’re doing is you’re putting more obligations on us to be able to defend. Why would we want to do things that are going to make it more likely that we’re going to get dragged into a war?”

DeSantis made the comments to interviewer Steve Deace, as his opposition to U.S. support in the ongoing conflict continues to preoccupy even friendly talk show hosts.

Earlier this week, he came out against the Joe Biden administration supplying cluster bombs to the country, a move he says could “escalate the conflict.”

“I think it probably runs a risk of escalation,” DeSantis said Wednesday on the Howie Carr Show.

“Basically what I said from the beginning is no weapons that could lead to attacks inside Russia or escalating the conflict. We cannot become involved in this directly,” DeSantis said, warning that could further “diminish our own stockpiles and prevent us from being able to respond to exigencies around the world.”

On Tuesday, the presidential candidate told the Wisconsin Right Now website it was time to use American “leverage” to end the country’s continued attempts to defend territorial integrity as Russia’s invasion continues well into its second year.

“I think what we need to do is use our leverage to bring this to a sustainable peace. Because what we’re doing now is, we’re depleting our reserves of weapons that’s going to make it more difficult for us to respond to events in Asia,” DeSantis said.

The Governor has received scrutiny for his positions on Ukraine, going back to when he called the war a “territorial dispute” outside of America’s “vital national interests” in comments to Tucker Carlson’s former Fox News program. Carlson will be interviewing DeSantis at a conservative summit Friday in Iowa, and it’s possible the Governor will have more to say then.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Thomas Kaspar

    July 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    His position is to end the blood sucking military industrial complex’s cash grab and end the dying which is how it always ends with a agreement somehow. No one sensible should think tbe defeat of Russia is going to happen or desirable.

    • Rob Desantos

      July 13, 2023 at 11:33 pm

      Wow okay Comrade Kaspar

      • Thomas Kaspar

        July 14, 2023 at 10:33 am

        Yep, I 100% support Putin and hope he genocides the entire country. Russia needs a Stalinist dictator. I hope he invades Germany & France too.

      • Thomas Kaspar

        July 16, 2023 at 1:53 pm

        147M Russians to feed Putin or not , so what is your idea geopolitical conclusion to this conflict Mr Henry FN Kissinger ? Of course you do not have one , just more licking , mumbling and slobbering like brain infarct President Biden .

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 14, 2023 at 8:28 am

      Thomas don’t you understand how negotiation works? You want in on the game, you go in with a bunch of bluster about ending that game so those in the game divvy up a little for you.

      If that is not clear, “Drain the swamp” is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. A politician promises to “drain the swamp” aka “end corruption” aka “end cronyism,” what they are saying is that they see the system that’s in place and they plan to get theirs from the system.

      You are correct nobody is going to defeat Russia in this Ukraine war. As is the normal for big powerful countries, Russia will fly too close to the sun and defeat themselves. Ukraine just wait for it. That’s not a simple task, yet that’s what they gotta do. Russia is defeating itself.

      • Jack Meoff

        July 14, 2023 at 9:07 am

        LOL, The Russians are going to defeat themselves, much like they defeated themselves against the Nazis in WWII. Brilliant take.

        • Earl Pitts "Angry Dad" American

          July 14, 2023 at 11:29 am

          Good mornting America,
          It appears this guy “Jack” is attempting to disgrace the honor of my beloved Son/Daughter Dont Say.
          America was not founded on the principals of disgraceing the honor of others.
          So I, Earl Pitts “Angry Dad” American, hereby chastize this guy “Jack” and invite all the members of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club to join me with your individual chastizement of this guy, “Jack”.
          Thank you America,
          Earl Pitts American

      • Andrews s

        July 14, 2023 at 12:15 pm

        Earl Pitss, ‘America’, yes it’s spelled correctly, as Newt Gingrich said on Fox News Trump has a following because he speaks and reads at the 3rd or 4th grade level. This says everything about their patriotism. Following a ‘Heel Spur’ patriot who tears down people to make themselves feel superior

  • Andrews s

    July 13, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Fascists never want to work with other leaders, nations for consensus building, others must get on their knees and tell them how great they are! This is what the GOP nomination has become.

    • Thomas Kaspar

      July 13, 2023 at 7:41 pm

      You must mean like Obama when Putin took Crimea ?

      • PeterH

        July 13, 2023 at 9:23 pm

        You are uniformed Kaspar! When Obama was president Ukraine’s president was a Russian puppet who relocated to Russia after Zelinski was democratically elected. THE LAST THING OBAMA WANTED TO DO WAS TO SEND ARMS TO A PUTIN PUPPET. Wake up! You sound like a Russian stooge.

        • Thomas Kaspar

          July 13, 2023 at 9:33 pm

          Democrats just hate history . Mr. Putin’s determined response to the ouster of Ukraine’s president, Viktor F. Yanukovych, last month has left American and European leaders scrambling to find an adequate response after initially clinging to the hope that Mr. Putin was prepared to find a political solution — or “off ramp” — to an escalating crisis that began with the collapse of Mr. Yanukovych’s government on the night of Feb. 21.

          • Andrew

            July 14, 2023 at 12:41 pm

            Democrats are no banning books that teach history, GOP fascists are!

    • Jack Meoff

      July 14, 2023 at 9:08 am

      Literally everyone who disagrees with you is a fascist, right?

      • Andrews s

        July 14, 2023 at 12:25 pm

        Powerful and continuing nationalism
        Disdain for human rights
        Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
        Rampant sexism
        Controlled mass media
        Obsession with national security
        Religion and government intertwined
        Corporate power protected
        Labor power suppressed
        Disdain for intellectual and the arts
        Obsession with crime and punishment
        Rampant cronyism and corruption

        Sounds like the GOP Trump party! Reason why DeSantis can’t beat someone that is like him

  • Xian Jintao

    July 13, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    This man is going to get a lot of people killed if he continues down the path of telling China what to do. We will nuke you if you come here. You better gain control of these crazy people.

    • Thomas Kaspar

      July 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm

      Yeah well in just 1989 China was on wood bicycles and cooking their pets with charcoal on dirt floor shanties . If you think China will nuke the West note the fallout will be on Xis utopian agrarian food and water supplies to his people .

  • PeterH

    July 13, 2023 at 9:16 pm

    It is unbelievable that Ron DeSantis is against every domestic and international American policy. He’s to the right of every failed Trump policy.

    Republicans are America’s biggest problem!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Thomas Kaspar

      July 13, 2023 at 9:34 pm

      Biden’s looking good .

  • James B

    July 13, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Ron DeSantis is a Russian asset. No question.

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 14, 2023 at 7:43 am

      Rhonda tries real hard, hard as they can, but they will over amount to half an asset. The first half.

  • Rob Desantos

    July 13, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    Lil Ronnie is a big Russian shill! Even bigger than Casey’s eyebrows!

    • Dont Say FLA

      July 14, 2023 at 7:43 am

      Some folks like caterpillars!

  • Dont Say FLA

    July 14, 2023 at 8:32 am

    More reasons not to vote for Rhonda, again ironically provided to us by the Rhonda campaign. If Rhonda were smart, I’d be concerned this was some brilliant strategy, but Rhonda’s advisors seem to be on intellectual par with Trump’s fake elector scheme attorneys. And Rhonda himself seems to be even dumber than Trump. Rhonda keeps proving his Ivy League Harvard and Yale degrees were awarded for being a good short stop in baseball, not for any intellectual pursuits.

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