Ron DeSantis should study Reagan and George W. Bush (Opinion)

Re “Ukraine Support Emerges in Early 2024 on GOP Field” (March 14): Undoubtedly, Putin hopes for a Trump or DeSantis administration in 2024, as both have signaled their willingness to sell off the Ukraine in the Kremlin. In 2015, then-Congressman DeSantis was of the Reagan school of thought that we needed to be tough on Russia. He criticized Obama for failing to support Ukraine in its “good fight” against Russian aggression. Now, the massive Russian invasion is just a “territorial dispute” and not a vital American national strategic interest. Presidential candidate DeSantis should go back and speak with Congressman DeSantis.

Carlo Lloyd, St. Anthony

It’s no surprise to see Governor DeSantis stumble out of the gate as he begins to test the waters of presidential politics on the national stage. Despite a resume that lists three terms as a congressman and his tenure as governor of the third-most populous state, DeSantis’ understanding of geopolitics is that of a neophyte. With a steep learning curve on his way to the White House, DeSantis would do well to take a page from the playbook of another young Republican governor who had aspirations for higher office, George W. Bush. In the wake of failed Middle East peace talks and leadership changes in Syria and Jordan, Bush assembled a team of foreign policy wise men including, among others, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan , George P. Shultz, who was masterful at handling America’s relationship with allies and adversaries.

Jim Paladino, Tampa

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