National Security Adviser Seeks Hawks’ Advice on Russia

Advice is to send more weapons to the Ukraine

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is seeking advice on dealing with Russia, and ahead of today’s Geneva meeting he spoke with a number of known US hawks.

The indication is that the hawks’ advice centered heavily on the US sending more arms to Ukraine to prepare for a war with neighboring Russia. Ukraine has for years claimed a Russian invasion is imminent.

This sort of advice is fairly predictable, but Sullivan’s allies are praising him for seeking advice from “outsiders” who may have alternative positions on Russia.

And yet throwing weapons at Ukraine and raising the stakes in the region isn’t exactly an “outsider” perspective. The hawks’ advice boils down to continuing what they’re doing, only moreso.

The argument could be that a better-armed Ukraine is a less appealing target, and yet Ukraine feeling more backed by the US could encourage them to take provocative actions.

Author: Jason Ditz

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