America and Its Allies WANT TO BLEED Russia. They Really Shouldn’t

… At first, the Western support for Ukraine was mainly designed to defend against the invasion

… By expanding support to Ukraine across the board and shelving any diplomatic effort

… the United States and its allies have greatly increased the danger of an even larger conflict

… a risk far out of step with any realistic strategic gain

… At present, the only message to Russia is: There is no way out

… Nuclear weapons are discussed in easy tones

… remains low without NATO deployment in Ukraine

… but accident and miscalculation cannot be discounted

… It is unclear what more there is to gain by weakening Russia, beyond fantasies of regime change

… Indefinite protraction of the war, as in Syria, is too dangerous with nuclear-armed participants

… Diplomatic efforts ought to be the centerpiece of a new Ukraine strategy

… Instead, the war’s boundaries are being expanded and the war itself recast as a struggle between democracy and autocracy … This is not just declamatory extravagance. It is reckless