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By Francis X. Maier, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 27, 2022

Francis X. Maier is a senior fellow in Catholic studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the 2020-22 senior research associate at the Notre Dame Center for Citizenship and Constitutional Government.

Francis X. MaierVarious voices on the American right – Tucker Carlson, Elbridge Colby, and others – have recently argued that risking war with Russia over its bullying of Ukraine is a bad idea.  They note that Ukraine is not vital to our security.  That the real threat to our nation is China, not Russia.

We have a record of involving ourselves in wars that drag on fruitlessly, they argue.  We squander our influence by acting unrealistically on the world stage when we’re divided and weak.  And last year’s bungled Afghanistan exit proved our ineptitude and weakness, to anyone paying attention.

These views do have some merit.  We no longer live in a unipolar world. …