Foreign policy expert Kristi Noem thinks America can’t afford to send military aid to Ukraine but can afford to deploy military personnel to Romania for an entire year to fight fires:
Yesterday, Governor Noem attended the National Guard 216 Fire Fighting Detachment Deployment Ceremony at the Range Road Armory in Rapid City. The unit is deploying to Romania.…
“As Governor, there is no duty I take more seriously than deploying our National Guard into the field…. Romania is an important strategic ally as a member of NATO. We work with these allies to preserve Freedom in the north Atlantic – both in Europe and North America. Your deployment there will strengthen those strategic ties and bolster our alliance in pursuit of Freedom” [Gov. Kristi Noem, press release, 2023.03.17].
Uh oh—if we deploy our Guards to Romania, aren’t we weakening our ability to fight all the fires those sneaky Chinese arsonists will set in the Black Hills and the South Dakota prairie?
Now wrap your head around this part of Noem’s Freedom-fire-fighting: fighting fires in Romania helps preserve Freedom in Europe and North America, but fighting the Russian attempt to wipe out an entire nation and push another Iron Curtain across Europe does not?
But sure, let’s bite on the fire–freedom thing. Over the past twelve months, Romania had 155 satellite fire alerts. Ukraine had 888 fire alerts. 5,200 hectares of land (about 13,000 acres, or 20 square miles) of land burned in Romania in 2022. 37,000 hectares of land burned in Ukraine in 2022. If fires in Europe imperil Freedom in North America, then there’s seven times as much burning peril to Freedom in Ukraine as in Romania.
Holy cow! Firefighters of the 216th, roll your trucks northeast from Bucharest, stop in Moldova for snacks, and roll across the border to Odessa, Mykolaiv, and Kyiv where Freedom needs your help the most!