Neocon Iraq war architect Eliot A Cohen called for the U.S. to send suicide drones to Ukraine to foment an insurgency, and one week later, the Congress and the Biden administration did precisely that.
Politico reported that the U.S. sent Switchblade drones to Ukraine worth an $800 million package.
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The U.S. will send 100 Switchblade drones to Ukraine as part of the Biden administration’s new $800 million weapons package, Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told POLITICO.
The inclusion of the “tactical” drones, which crash into their targets, represents a new phase of weaponry being sent to Ukraine by the U.S., which so far has shipped mostly anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons. An administration official confirmed McCaul’s account that the U.S. is sending the Switchblade.
The Switchblade is a small, light drone that can loiter in the air for up to 30 minutes before being directed to its target by an operator on the ground, dozens of miles away. The drone is launched from a tube, like a mortar shell. Its real-time GPS guidance allows a service member in the field to fly it until the moment it crashes and explodes into whatever the target might be.
The weapon was first fielded in Afghanistan by U.S. special operations forces but quickly was picked up by the Army and Marine Corps, who saw value in the light, an accurate munition that can help thwart ambushes or take out vehicles.
McCaul also said that the U.S. was “working with allies” to send more S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Ukraine. The country has had the S-300 for years, so troops should require little-to-no training on how to operate the Soviet-era anti-aircraft equipment. CNN reported that Slovakia had preliminarily agreed to transfer their S-300s to Ukraine.
This Monday, Cohen issued a Twitter announcement that D.C. uses Ukraine to wage a proxy war against Russia.
We’re waging a proxy war against Russia, and rightly so. Time to face up to what that implies, because Putin and the Russians are a lot weaker, and the Ukrainians a lot stronger than they look. My latest in @TheAtlantic @CSIS @SAISHopkins https://t.co/k7RMETSz1L
— Eliot A Cohen (@EliotACohen) March 14, 2022
“The United States and its NATO allies are engaged in a proxy war with Russia,” Cohen said. “They are supplying thousands of munitions and hopefully doing much else — sharing intelligence, for example — with the intent of killing Russian soldiers.”
“To break the will of Russia and free Ukraine from conquest and subjugation, many Russian soldiers have to flee, surrender, or die, and the more and faster, the better,” he said.
He added that we have to rick nuclear war because of nuclear deterrence curt both ways.
“Nuclear weapons are why the United States should refrain from attacking Russia directly, not why it should fear fighting Russians in a country they invaded,” he said. “Only a few years ago, the United States Air Force killed Russian Wagner mercenaries by the hundreds in Syria; American and Russian pilots tangled in the skies over Korea and possibly Vietnam. Nuclear deterrence cuts both ways, and the Russian leadership knows it. Vladimir Putin and those around him are ill-informed but not mad, and the use of nuclear weapons would threaten their very survival.”
Cohen concluded, “Instead of talk of off-ramps, for example, there should be promises of war-crimes trials (names included) for those who kidnap mayors, shoot at fleeing civilians, and target maternity hospitals; instead of worry about escalation, there should be promises of the eradication of the Russian army in Ukraine should it use chemical weapons. Instead of carefully titrated military aid, there should be a massive effort to arm people who know why they are fighting and are good at it.”
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