Former President George W. Bush has apparently described Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky as "the Winston Churchill of our time".
Uh . . . not so much.
Secondly, Winston Churchill didn't sock away millions - perhaps hundreds of millions - of dollars in foreign accounts, presumably the fruits of graft, corruption and other ill-gotten gains while serving his country. (He certainly didn't make that much from his career as an entertainer - not even close.)
There are also serious, credible accusations that Mr. Zelensky has used official resources to target - possibly even try to kill - political opponents. It's hard to find them in English-language sources, because there appears to be a concerted effort to silence such voices and prevent their publication. Read the linked articles in full, and follow the links they contain, to get more information.
I have no personal animus towards Mr. Zelensky. I have no axe to grind about the war in Ukraine, except to say - as I've said before in these pages - that neither side is trustworthy, both sides are corrupt as hell, and I distrust the propaganda flowing freely from both of them. As far as I can tell, the USA has no compelling national interest in Ukraine at all, and I don't see why we should be as involved there as we are - let alone get further embroiled in what might yet turn into a nuclear war. However, Sundance notes:
In the bigger picture I don’t think many Americans outside the DC beltway give a flip about internal Ukrainian squabbles and Russia’s support for the Eastern Ukrainian independence effort. However, inside the DC beltway Ukraine is very important, stunningly important, because Ukraine functions as the corrupt money laundry operation for DC politicians to receive taxpayer kickbacks from their financial support into Ukraine.
I think that's a very likely explanation for recent visits to Ukraine by some of the usual political suspects. I'd love to know how much money was promised and/or changed hands during those discussions.
Mr. Zelensky may be an effective wartime leader of his country, but he's carrying an awful lot of baggage with him. For that reason, another Winston Churchill, he ain't.