“By creating a new status quo, Russia successfully breaks international norms, creates indistinct (and new) borders, and lowers international expectations about its behavior. By making the conflict politically ambiguous, claiming no direct involvement, and keeping hostilities small and protracted, Russia keeps outside players like NATO and the United States weak, off-balance, and confused. Russia fuses psychological with kinetic operations to cloud its adversaries’ and Western perceptions of the conflict. This strategy complicates the arrangement of an appropriate and timely response from the international community.”— James Van de Velde, “War in Peace,” The American Interest, Volume 12, Number 2 (Holidays, November/December 2017)
It was so obvious a year and a half ago. Each day since has confirmed it.
It seems like only one person in the federal government refuses to say unequivocally that this is the case, for reasons best known only to himself….Just the way he hopes it continues to be.
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