IT’S NONE OF PUTIN’S BUSINESS WHO SENT THAT DRONE
It occurs to me that Russia’s ineptitude in the early days of this conflict may not have been self-inflicted. We have very extensive cyber-capabilities. I hope that our intelligence community is working full time at scrambling the Russian war machine to render it less effective. So, too, I would have no problem with anonymous US drone involvement disrupting Russian convoys and encampments.
The US has been on shaky moral ground too many times in the past in fomenting conflict and supporting questionable regimes. Biden’s mastery in bringing the West together in support of Ukraine has raised a clear moral imperative here: Intervene without advertising.
Congressional intelligence committees must be kept in the loop as they are with all covert operations. Other measures to bring Putin down should be — indeed must be — in play. Covert action is a necessary part of modern statecraft.
To those who fear escalation, we all do. But better to fix the leaky roof now before the whole ceiling comes down. As Fiona Hill has noted, too late to worry about WW III starting: It already has.
Biden has ruled out US boots on the ground. Other options, presumably, are available. The moral vagaries of Vietnam and Iraq readily distinguished those conflicts from the aggressive evil at hand in WW II. The character of Putin’s conduct is not ambiguous.
I marched against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq, at the same time grateful that the world had come together to stop Hitler. We are again at that juncture.