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Retired US general: Biden has made ‘bad policy decisions’ on Ukraine

President Joe Biden speaks during the opening session of the NATO summit, Wednesday, July 10, 2024, in Washington. On the left is British Prime Minister Keir Starmer and on the right NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LTG (Ret) Ben Hodges, former commander, US Army Europe, believes President Joe Biden has not done all the US can to support Ukraine.

The Biden administration has provided Ukraine with tens of billions of dollars in military aid in the two and a half years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion in February 2022, although the president has refused to give or delayed his approval of some of the more advanced systems Ukrainian leaders have requested.

Hodges argued that the administration’s repeated position that it will support Ukraine “for as long as it takes,” is less decisive than if the position had been, “we’ll do whatever they need to do for them to do that.”, and he added that his version “would be a crushing strategic defeat for the Kremlin.”

The administration has also placed restrictions on how Ukraine can use US-sourced weapons to strike targets inside Russian territory, which Ukrainian officials have lobbied to remove.

“If you don’t even say that’s the goal, then you end up with, I have to say, really bad policy decisions like, okay, we’re finally after two years, you can have ATACMS, but you can’t use them against airfields from which murderous attacks are launched against Ukrainian cities, says Hodges. “It’s terrible politics.”

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