The Governor of Vermont spoke on the need to support Ukraine, especially after seeing parents leave their children to fight, faced with the question, is it better to leave my child without a father or a future? He applauded their resolve and strength, having the heart and will with the truth and moral high ground on their side.
It was very interesting for me to listen to General Weidner speak because in my military science classes we have recently learned what the U.S. Strategic Command does. He had mentioned the importance of needing to be able to prepare to deter both China and Russia at the same time as we have spoken about in our Asian Politics class. In terms of the actual strategy, he emphasized that integrated is better than just coordinated, meaning there is deterrence across all domains such as cyber. He next mentioned how the U.S. people have been dismissive of the idea of the United States itself being attacked with nuclear weapons. I think many U.S. citizens feel like there is enough buffer space between us and the higher nuclear threats, but the reality is that nuclear weapons are continuing to develop, and it is always a possibility. The General also discussed Russia’s Poseidon weapon which I had never heard of before – a type of underwater nuclear torpedo that he described as a weapon of cohesion and revenge.
The Georgia ambassador, Giorgi Tsikolia, was a very good person to bring to the conversation since Georgia has been dealing with Russia occupation since 2008. He described the difficulty of leaving the only place you have known as home. President Biden has given much money and support to Georgia and there is more than 80% support of the US in the opinions of the Georgian people.