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Vietnam redux? Ex-CIA official blasts Biden Ukraine strategy, urges negotiations with Putin

Beebe said that he believes that the U.S. is taking a failing approach when it comes to the war in Ukraine. 

Published: May 15, 2024 6:37pm

Updated: May 15, 2024 11:44pm

George Beebe, former director of the CIA’s Russia analysis, said Wednesday that the Biden administration is making the same mistakes with the Russian-Ukraine war as the U.S. did during the Vietnam war. 

"I think we're making the same mistake that we made in Vietnam and Afghanistan where we got involved in failing conflicts and nobody had the courage to say, 'Hey, this isn't working. We need to try a new approach,'" Beebe said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently stated that the U.S. would provide Ukraine with an additional $2 billion in foreign military financing.

Congress and President Joe Biden, respectively, last month approved and signed into law $61 billion in such aid to Ukraine, which has been trying to defeat an invasion by Russia since February 2022.

Beebe said that he believes that the U.S. is taking a failing approach when it comes to the war in Ukraine. 

"Ukraine is suffering on the battlefield," he said. "They're greatly outnumbered by the Russians. They're outgunned by the Russians. There's not much that the United States or our allies in Europe can do about that. Unless we want to put our own boots on the ground in Ukraine and fight the Russians directly, which I think would be enormously  dangerous and quite likely escalate into a nuclear confrontation."

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