U.S. Leaders Need More Strategic Empathy for Russia
A better understanding of how Russia perceives the West's efforts to support Ukraine can help U.S. policymakers forge a compromise peace agreement.
Today, the stakes for NATO and Russia are even higher than what the belligerents of World War I faced. President Biden should leverage U.S. assistance to incentivize Ukraine to accept Russia’s offer to withdraw from most of Ukraine’s territory in exchange for permanent neutrality. This would save tens of thousands of Ukrainian lives. President Biden needs to demonstrate the courage to pursue peace by threatening to suspend U.S. arms shipments to Ukraine if it does not return to the negotiating table and reinstate its previous offer to agree to independence for the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, conditioned perhaps on the results of a popular referendum.
David T. Pyne, Esq. is a former U.S. Army combat arms and H.Q. staff officer with an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He currently serves as Deputy Director of National Operations for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security and is a contributor to Dr. Peter Pry’s new book Blackout Warfare. He also serves as the host of the Defend America Radio Show on KTALK AM 1640. He may be reached at [email protected]