April 26, 2023

Clock Ticking on Ukraine’s Spring Offensive as Biden Admin in Delicate Holding Pattern

Source: The Washington Times

Journalist: Ben Wolfgang

“Reality will dictate what actually happens,” said Jim Townsend, who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy in the Obama administration.

“If Ukraine has that offensive, if it bogs down or doesn’t achieve much, it won’t be the administration telling them [to pursue peace talks]. It will be fate saying it, reality saying it,” he said. “And then the administration will say, ‘We gave you everything, and it only went so far. So what do you think about [peace] discussions now?’”

“It’s a game of time and space and political will,” Mr. Townsend said. “The administration doesn’t come out and say anything definitive because time, space and political will will be dictated by others, not by them.”

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Authors

  • Jim Townsend

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    James Joye Townsend Jr. is an adjunct senior fellow in the CNAS Transatlantic Security Program. After eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for European ...