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1) Thomas Grove and Yuliya Chernova, “U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Ukraine, Zelensky Says; A trip would be the highest-level visit by U.S. officials since the war began,”Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2022 (updated 6:17 pm ET).
Proving once again that Biden’s foreign policy team is one of incomparable incompetence, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky announced on April 23 that Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will be traveling to meet with Zelensky in Kviv on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
Obviously, Zelensky would never have made the announcement without White House approval.
The announcement violates a cardinal rule of security when high value targets are traveling in a war zone: Don’t announce their movements in advance.
Moreover, there seems to be a certain chest-thumping aspect to the announcement. It is far too early for U.S. officials to exhibit self-satisfaction or imagined success by providing weapons to Ukraine, while hundreds and perhaps thousands of Ukrainians are being killed every day as the U.S. and NATO stand on the sidelines, unwilling to use even limited force to stop Putin and his army’s atrocities.
This war is a long way from over.
Let us hope that Blinken and Austin have a safe trip.
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