For months the media and the Biden administration assured us that the Russia-Ukraine conflict was going well and that Russia was losing.
Anyone who disagreed was smeared as a Russian agent or conspiracy theorist.
Now, even the Biden administration is admitting they are concerned about the war. One official said the US is preparing for the conflict to be a “long war.”
The American taxpayer will be the ones giving money to support the United States’ effort to arm the Ukrainians and fight Russia.
U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that the trajectory of the war in Ukraine is untenable and are quietly discussing whether President Volodymyr Zelenskyy should temper his hard-line public position that no territory will ever be ceded to Russia as part of an agreement to end the war, according to seven current U.S. officials, former U.S. officials and European officials.
Some officials want Zelenskyy to “dial it back a little bit,” as one of them put it, when it comes to telegraphing his red lines on ending the war. But the issue is fraught given that Biden is adamant about the U.S. not pressuring the Ukrainians to take steps one way or another. His administration’s position has been that any decision about how and on what terms to end the war is for Ukraine to decide.
“We are not pressuring them to make concessions, as some Europeans are. We would never ask them to cede territory,” one U.S. official said. “We are planning for a long war. We intend to prepare the American people for that, and we are prepared to ask Congress for more money.”
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