FAST FIVE: Veteran Intelligence Officials Issue Letter To Biden Urging To Avoid War In Ukraine
Your interim national security strategy guidance indicated that your administration would “make smart and disciplined choices regarding our national defense and the responsible use of our military, while elevating diplomacy as our tool of first resort.” Right now is the perfect time to put these words into action for all to see.
It must be made clear to Ukrainian President Zelensky that there will be no military assistance from either the US or NATO if he does not restrain Ukrainian hawks itching to give Russia a bloody nose – hawks who may well expect the West to come to Ukraine's aid in any conflict with Russia.
(There must be no repeat of the fiasco of August 2008, when the Republic of Georgia initiated offensive military operations against South Ossetia in the mistaken belief that the US would come to its assistance if Russia responded militarily.) 2.
Russian forces have been lining up at the border ready to react if Zelensky's loose talk of war becomes more than bravado.
VIPS advocates a US foreign and national security policy based on genuine national interests rather than contrived threats promoted for largely political reasons.