General Clark: The USA must become more aggressively involved in the war in Ukraine

General Clark warned for VOA that a strong coalition against the USA is being formed, led by Russia, China, North Korea and Iran

by Sededin Dedovic
General Clark: The USA must become more aggressively involved in the war in Ukraine
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Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, speaking at the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) on the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, argued that Ukrainians have a limited window of time to break through Russian lines and regain lost territories.

It highlights the critical need for additional offensive equipment and weapons, including air superiority capabilities, to achieve this. Clark, the former supreme commander of NATO, has made a series of accusations about US policy towards Russia for repeatedly misjudging Putin's intentions since the early 2000s.

"Since the second term of President George W. Bush, we have misinterpreted his actions and intentions. We responded incorrectly to his invasion of Georgia during the 2008 Olympics. We misbehaved with him during the Obama reset and when we agreed to his presence in Syria," he points out.

Clark. "Even President Clinton thought he had excellent relations with Boris Yeltsin, and he told him that he did not want further expansion of NATO to the east. Eastern Europeans understood this imperialist impulse very well.

The Bulgarian foreign minister told me in 1997: ' Russia is weak today. One day they will become strong again and they will come back, but until then we have to be in NATO.' "

The turning point of 2014

General Clark identifies the US response to the 2014 annexation of Crimea as a critical mistake.

He claims that the failure to provide Ukraine with the necessary military support at the time emboldened Russia and ultimately led to a wider war. He criticizes the Obama administration's decision to withhold crucial military aid, calling it naïve and strategically short-sighted.

The general also criticizes the White House's actions at the start of the full-scale invasion, when Ukrainian airspace was not closed for long and instead the dominant narrative was about avoiding a confrontation with Russia.

He believes that the USA should have given strong support to Ukraine to liberate Crimea right from the start. "In the beginning, this was an intelligence operation for the Russian army. And it was assumed that they would drop a few soldiers from a helicopter into Ukraine, then start an internal rebellion, get rid of Zelensky, and then they assumed that they could return Yanukovych and that they would get all of Ukraine .

And therefore, a lot of things were not included in the fighting. They could not provide logistics and they lost. But it was also a misunderstanding of the true military potential of Russia," Clark analyzed the beginning of Russian aggression.

Inhabitants of Kyiv leave the city following pre-offensive missile strikes of the Russian armed forces and Belarus on February 2© Pierre Crom / Getty Images

Missed warnings and missed opportunities

This experienced military expert also shared his personal experience in trying to warn the White House about Russia's aggressive intentions in 2014.

He claims his concerns were dismissed and the administration prioritized other diplomatic efforts over Ukraine's immediate needs. However, Clark still believes that there are positive sides when it comes to American foreign policy as well as the policy towards the Ukrainian war.

"We gathered NATO. We really avoided a confrontation with Russia. And we won the information war from the very beginning because we were warning everyone about what was going on. It could have been a lot worse. And we gave the Ukrainians Stingers and a certain number of Javelins at the beginning," Clark assesses General Clark stated the three phases through which the Russian invasion of Ukraine took place, but indicated that there will be more phases.

According to his analysis, the first was an attempt by the Russians to quickly take control of Kiev and seize power, and when they failed, the second phase followed, which was the withdrawal of Russian troops in many directions.

The third phase was the failed counter-offensive of Ukraine. Clark expresses doubt that the United States will act in the fourth, next phase of the war in the same way as in the Middle East in 1973, when the aid bill was passed and the United States actually removed some of its own forces from Germany and transferred them to Israel.

. The United States, according to Wesley Clark, must realize that a new era has arrived and that there is already a coalition of forces and countries forming against the United States. These are Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.

This coalition standing against the USA is perhaps the strongest and most serious potential threat to the USA so far. According to the general, the actions of these countries are becoming more and more coordinated and they are starting to become more and more connected both militarily, politically and economically.

"There is an exchange of information, plans, tactics, munitions and technologies, which the main potential adversaries of the United States, starting with Russia, are ready to use on a large scale." “North Korea has just announced that it no longer seeks peaceful unification with South Korea, and we still take nuclear deterrence for granted since the end of the Cold War.

While we are guided by the desire to avoid confrontation, he reminds, Putin is going for it and gaining allies, reports VOA.

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