NYT editorial board slams Biden for not having a clear Ukraine strategy, warns US shouldn’t fuel war with Russia


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The New York Times editorial board has denounced President Biden for failing to formulate a clear strategy on Ukraine.

In an article published Thursday, the Times echoed warnings from DNI Avril Haines that the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia could be moving towards “a more unpredictable and potentially escalating trajectory” and as Congress passed a $40 billion more in emergency aid for Ukraine, the bipartisan nature is on shaky ground as some Republicans warn of a potential endless conflict involving the United States.

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“These are extraordinary costs and grave dangers, and yet there are many questions that President Biden has yet to answer for the American public regarding the United States’ continued involvement in this conflict,” wrote the drafting committee.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 28: United States President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a Black History Month celebration event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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The board reiterated its message in March about supporting a commitment to Ukraine’s freedom and that the United States must lead by example in providing support to the country suffering from the unprovoked invasion of Russia.

“That goal cannot change, but at the end of the day, it is still not in America’s interest to embark on all-out war with Russia, even if a negotiated peace may force Ukraine to make tough decisions,” The Times told readers. “And the objectives and the strategy of the United States in this war have become more difficult to discern, because the parameters of the mission seem to have changed.”

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The Times asked several questions of the Biden administration, such as whether the United States was “trying to help end this conflict” through a peace agreement or whether it was “trying to weaken Russia permanently”, whether the United States would hold Russian President Vladimir Putin “responsible as a war criminal” and “the goal is to try to avoid a wider war – and if so, how boast of providing American intelligence to kill Russians and sink one of their ships achieve this?

KYIV, UKRAINE - MARCH 11, 2022 - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is pictured during his regular address to the nation in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine.  The Head of State said that we have already reached a strategic turning point and are moving towards our victory.  The custom-sized photo is courtesy of the Press Service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

KYIV, UKRAINE – MARCH 11, 2022 – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is pictured during his regular address to the nation in Kyiv, capital of Ukraine. The Head of State said that we have already reached a strategic turning point and are moving towards our victory. The custom-sized photo is courtesy of the Press Service of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
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“Without clarity on these issues, the White House not only risks losing American interest in supporting Ukrainians – who continue to suffer the loss of lives and livelihoods – but also jeopardizes peace and security in long term on the European continent”, warned the board of directors. the Biden administration. “Americans have been galvanized by the suffering in Ukraine, but popular support for a war away from American shores will not continue indefinitely. Inflation is a much bigger problem for American voters than for Ukraine, and disruptions in global food and energy markets are likely to intensify.”

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The council urged Biden “to make it clear to American voters” ahead of November’s midterm elections that helping Ukraine upholds “democratic values” and self-defense of a nation’s sovereignty while stressing that “Peace and security remain the ideal outcome in this war.”

He also called Biden’s statement that Putin “can’t stay in power,” Sec. of the defense. Lloyd Austin’s comment that Russia must be ‘weakened’, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s vow that the United States will support Ukraine ‘until victory is won’, claiming that such comments “do not bring the negotiations closer”.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Royal Castle, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Warsaw, Poland March 26, 2022. Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the Royal Castle, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, in Warsaw, Poland March 26, 2022. Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Wyborcza.pl via REUTERS
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“At the end of the day, it is the Ukrainians who have to make the hard decisions: they are the ones who fight, die and lose their homes because of Russian aggression, and they are the ones who have to decide what the end might look like. If the conflict leads to real negotiations, it will be the Ukrainian leadership who will have to make the painful territorial decisions that any compromise will require,” writes the Times.

“But as the war continues, Mr. Biden should also impress upon President Volodymyr Zelensky and his people that there is a limit to what the United States and NATO will go to confront Russia, and limits on the arms, money and political support they can muster.It is imperative that the decisions of the Ukrainian government are based on a realistic assessment of its means and the degree of further destruction that Ukraine can sustain .

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The Times continued: “Confronting this reality can be painful, but it is no relief. This is what governments have a duty to do, not to run after an illusory “victory”. Russia will feel the pain of isolation and debilitating economic sanctions for years to come, and Mr. Putin will go down in history as a butcher. The challenge now is to shake off the euphoria, stop the taunts, and focus on defining and completing America’s support for Ukraine is a test of its place in the world in the 21st century, and M Biden has the opportunity and the obligation to help define what it will be.

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