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New RAND Study Breaks From US Hawks, Warns Against “Protracted Conflict” In Ukraine

Zero Hedge | Jan. 28, 2023

The famous Pentagon and US government-linked think tank RAND Corporation has finally attempted to inject some rare realism into the Washington establishment’s thinking and planning regarding the Ukraine war. So far throughout eleven months of conflict which remains largely stalemated, though the last few days have seen Russian military momentum and advance grow in the Bakhmut offensive, US and NATO officials have unhesitatingly and enthusiastically cheered on every major escalation of the West’s involvement.

But the new 32-page RAND document has sounded the alarm over the dangers of this approach, which is unusual given the think tank is notorious for being the hawkish academic arm of the military-industrial complex. This was especially the case in the Vietnam war era, when RAND became infamous for its fueling the policy behind various insurgency and counterinsurgency fiascos in Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.

RAND now argues that in Ukraine “US interests would be best served by avoiding a protracted conflict,” and that “costs and risks of a long war…outweigh the possible benefits.”

1 Comment on New RAND Study Breaks From US Hawks, Warns Against “Protracted Conflict” In Ukraine

  1. The Vietnam War- always cited for ineptitude. That war, along with the Korean War, were the only wars in which countries-especially the U.S.- fought the true enemy of the world which now seems to reign supreme in today’s world.

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