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On Wednesday, the New York Times published a editorial warning that the United States risks war with Russia if it continues to pursue a strategy of expansion in Ukraine.
“Nuclear weapons are discussed in easy tones, especially on Russian television. The risk of cities being reduced to corium remains low without NATO’s deployment in Ukraine, but accidents and miscalculations cannot be ignored “, wrote Tom Stevenson.
The editorial, titled “America and its allies want to bleed Russia. They really shouldn’t,” warns that while America’s initial actions to provide support to Ukraine, US leaders’ willingness to talk in increasingly bold terms of regime change in Russia and “emptying” the country poses a risk to American security.
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“By expanding support for Ukraine at all levels and suspending all diplomatic efforts to stop the fighting, the United States and its allies have dramatically increased the danger of an even greater conflict,” Stevenson wrote.
“They are taking a risk far removed from any realistic strategic gain,” he added.
“The first American response to the invasion was simple: provide the defenders and apply America’s unique financial weaponry to the Russian economy. The new strategy – call it bleeding Russia – is quite different. The idea underlying argument is that the United States and its allies should seek to salvage more from the rubble of Kharkiv and Kramatorsk than the survival of Ukraine as a political regime or even symbolic frustration from Russian aggression.”
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Stevenson notes that Russia discusses nuclear tensions “in an easy tone” and warned that “accidents and miscalculations cannot be ignored.”
“It is unclear what more is to be gained by weakening Russia, beyond regime change fantasies,” he said.
“The war was dangerous and destructive enough in its initial form. The combination of expanded strategic goals and deadlocked negotiations made it even more dangerous. Right now, the only message to Russia is: it doesn’t there is no way out.”
The United States House of Representatives vote Tuesday to send Ukraine an additional $40 billion in aid. Some conservatives have criticized the legislation as fiscally irresponsible.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called the bill “a slap in the face for millions of taxpayers struggling to buy gas, groceries and find formula.”
Paul noted that while he “sympathizes with the Ukrainian people and welcomes their fight against Putin, we cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have.”