Too many lives are at stake for war to be used as leverage by politicians

"We must rise to the occasion with unified strength against an unhinged tyrant trying to rebuild an adversary empire." — Dr. Bob Lorinser

Dr. Bob Lorinser is a retired member of the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Services. The use of his diplomatic rank, job titles, and photographs depicting government entities does not imply endorsement by the Department of the State or the Foreign Services.

KYIV, Ukraine — As Ukraine is under attack, the United States must be steadfast in its resolve to hold Vladimir Putin accountable without further endangering lives or deploying US troops on the ground.


The only entity responsible for this aggression is Putin and Russia.


This conflict is severe and volatile, threatening the lives and livelihoods of 40 million innocent people. It is not time to score points using substanceless rhetoric toward political opponents.


Especially on the international stage, Congress and the President need to be partners and in agreement as to how to address this issue. For the sake of the free world, Diplomats, Generals, Intelligence, Congresspeople, and the Biden administration need to come together, unified, in our support of the Ukrainian people


The invasion of Ukraine by Russia could result in tens of thousands of fatalities. The main priority of the United States should be to present real solutions for punishment, deterrence, de-escalation, aid, and peace.


This war is not just a struggle for an ally's independence and territorial/economic sovereignty. It is an attack on the free world.


It is not our war, but the ramifications will ripple beyond Eastern Europe. It is crucial our internal divisions and politicking cease for the common goal of preventing bloodshed and destruction. Without unified solutions, the world order is at risk of destabilization.


Right now is the exact time for principled leadership. It is time to galvanize all stakeholders. We must rise to the occasion with unified strength against an unhinged tyrant trying to rebuild an adversary empire.