Claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States is deliberately prolonging the conflict between Russia and Ukraine may not be as implausible as described, says a US military veteran and journalist.
In a speech this week, Putin called out “Western globalist elites” who he said would “provoke chaos, foment conflicts old and new” and seek “to preserve the hegemony and power that is slipping out of their hands.” . He added that the situation in Ukraine shows that the US is “trying to prolong the conflict”.
Sean Spoonts, a US Navy veteran and editor-in-chief of the Special Operations Forces Report (SOFREP), said news week that President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy seem to have different political goals in mind.
“While Ukraine is looking to end the war quickly and decisively defeat and expel Russian forces from their country, US policy seems almost designed to prolong the conflict in hopes of bringing about Russia’s own military and economic collapse. ‘ said Spoon.
Biden denied that the United States is working to dismantle Russia, writing in a New York Times commented in May that “we don’t want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia”.
The US and Germany have equipped Ukrainian forces with HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems), which require missiles that some military experts believe may be limited by the end of the year. However, the United States has resisted calls by Ukraine to send long-range missiles and warplanes, which Ukraine considers could potentially help turn the tide of the war.
While US aid has helped Ukraine significantly, Spoonts said the White House is “so concerned about making this a multinational effort that it adds many complications to Ukraine’s arming.” Spoonts also criticized the White House for being aware of Russia’s invasion plans and not taking the initiative to pre-emptively impose sanctions and deter the attack.
As a recent report by The Washington Post As previously indicated, the US was privy to some of Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine before it officially began on February 24th. Spoonts alluded to Biden’s remarks that day when he said, “Some of the most powerful impacts of our actions will come at a time when we limit Russia’s access to finance and technology for strategic sectors of its economy and dismantle its industrial capacity for years to come.” “
“Biden has said publicly that his goal is to demote Russia as a world power, never again in a position to threaten its neighbors,” Spoonts said. “This goes much further than Zelenskyy’s goal of simply expelling the Russian armies from his country and regaining lost territories in Donbass, Luhansk and Crimea.”
Ukrainian forces have deterred many Russian attacks and significantly influenced Russian troops over the past six months, resulting in at least 75,000 Russian soldiers either being killed or injured since the war began, according to US officials.
Meanwhile, Russian land and sea artillery have suffered massive casualties. While Putin has touted his country’s so-called advanced weapons, outsiders have stated that the “sophisticated systems and weapons Ukraine has access to” currently eclipse the effectiveness of Russia’s own weapons.
“We are seeing more and more examples of leaked or overheard conversations between (Russian) soldiers making it clear that they are tired of not having sophisticated weapons,” said former US Ambassador Mark Green news week.
While the United States and other NATO countries have attempted to balance support for Ukraine without provoking Russia into declaring a multinational war, Spoonts said that may be the wrong strategy.
“We seem to be doing enough to keep Ukraine fighting but not giving Ukraine enough to go on the offensive and drive Russia out completely. We think that’s a bad idea. There are limits to the fighting spirit of any army, including Ukraine’s,” said Loffel.
https://www.newsweek.com/sean-spoonts-us-russia-ukraine-war-policy-goals-1735019 Putin’s claim that the US is dragging out the war isn’t crazy, says military expert