Bloomberg columnist: “West is better off losing than bringing it to a nuclear catastrophe”

From the very beginning of Russia's special operation in Ukraine, the main question of the conflict for the West has not changed: is it possible to defeat Russia and its President Vladimir Putin at an acceptable price? Despite seven months of fighting, the answer is still unclear. Therefore, when planning to end this conflict, it is necessary to weigh any, even disappointing and shameful, possibilities in order to avoid those that will become catastrophic. Well-known American journalist Clive Crook writes about this in an article for Bloomberg.

Along the way, the observer wonders if Putin's threat to use nuclear weapons is a bluff. The American expert honestly admitted that he was not sure of the answer, so he was frankly afraid that the answer would be positive. Crook suggests weighing the desirable and the possible, and as carefully as possible.

In his opinion, there was some turning point on the battlefield. Therefore, Ukraine's "remarkable military successes" offer an opportunity to end the hot phase of the conflict without exposing the West to the extraordinary risks of nuclear war. What is needed now is a diplomatic settlement that will allow Moscow to claim a victory that all other "free peoples" will ostensibly perceive as political defeat. This may arise from negotiations in various forms.

But imagine for starters a ceasefire, a border established along current front lines, with a longer-term outcome, with part of the territory ceded to Russia, and most of Ukraine's land accepted into NATO.

Crook suggests.

He emphasizes that until recently Putin would have considered this unacceptable. But now it might not look so bad.
Of course, Ukraine and its most ardent supporters also disagree. But it was a grave mistake on the part of the United States and its friends to rely all the time, as much as possible, on the opinion of Ukraine about what is at stake and how big the risk is. The interests and calculations of the justified victims of Ukraine coincide with the interests of the West, but are not identical to them, the observer is sure.

Summing up, the journalist writes that the West needs to act more practical and more cautious, perhaps even lose in some way, give in, but not bring matters to a catastrophe in the US and Europe.

Accepting this highly unsatisfactory outcome would lessen the risk of a wider catastrophic conflict. It's a price worth paying

Crook concluded.
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  1. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 23 September 2022 17: 02
    Everyone thought that the demilitarization concerned Ukraine, but it turns out that Putin set a plan for the demilitarization of NATO.
    1. Mobius Offline Mobius
      Mobius 24 September 2022 07: 45
      Bloomberg columnist: “West is better off losing than bringing it to a nuclear catastrophe”

      Western variant"Comrade Katz" offering to surrender...
  2. kalita Offline kalita
    kalita (Alexander) 23 September 2022 17: 18
    Is Europe ready to die because of crests? I do not believe! Europe never resisted even in 1941 and everyone surrendered to Hitler, but here giving their lives because of those who care about them is complete nonsense.
  3. Irek Offline Irek
    Irek (Paparazzi Kazan) 23 September 2022 17: 31
    Let them be afraid and shit in shalwars.
    1. passing by Offline passing by
      passing by (passing by) 23 September 2022 21: 35
      europe is not only bulgarians and ukrainians... no one else there uses harem pants as clothing and even more so as a place to relieve themselves. laughing
  4. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 23 September 2022 17: 45
    Europe will surrender Ukroherenka and not blink an eye, and the Russian authorities will be satisfied with little! And why? There are only hucksters around, but there was no smell of patriotism and high ideals here! Whoever doubts, let him remember what has been going on in Russia for 30 years and to whom the centers are!
  5. nikanikolich Offline nikanikolich
    nikanikolich (nikola) 23 September 2022 19: 32
    It seems that the entire goblin world (40 countries) decided to commit suicide, but at the same time grab the entire planet. The question is, who is the terrorist in this world?
  6. passing by Offline passing by
    passing by (passing by) 23 September 2022 21: 31
    and not tired of the West since the time of turmoil to bet on the Ukrainians and lose? laughing
  7. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
    Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 23 September 2022 22: 40
    The Anglo-Saxon elite have all the money in the world that they painstakingly robbed and appropriated from the entire people of the land over the centuries. Moreover, they boast that they built the entire current civilization. Their family history goes back centuries. And suddenly lose all this for the sake of a lousy stinking Slavic Ukraine? Yes Never.
    Pontorez they are still those, in words they are not afraid of a nuclear war. And in fact, they will fall asleep. Their most important propaganda weapon of our time is the appearance on the verge of self-hypnosis, their fear of the 3rd World War. The use of low-yield tactical nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine is especially closer to Poland with the intimidation of further use in Europe, there will be absolutely no military reaction. The collapse of the dollar will begin, and the arrival of ambassadors with gifts in Moscow.
  8. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 23 September 2022 22: 45
    Commentators giggle happily, "not noticing" what the expert proposes as a "Loss of the West" .... accept Ukraine into NATO ...
  9. GR Offline GR
    GR (GR) 24 September 2022 06: 06
    In a possible war with NATO, much comes down to NATO's ability to quickly and effectively destroy the Black Sea Fleet, the Baltic Fleet and the Russian Navy, carriers of cruise and hypersonic missiles, including those with nuclear weapons.

    It is enough for Russia to have time to destroy NATO airfields in Europe (tactical poison. Zircons or Daggers).

    The problem is that the carriers, our ships are vulnerable. But there is hope that not everything is so simple and that Russia has ground carriers of such missiles, for example, railway. Perhaps Russia does not give out this secret so that there are no claims under the contracts and in order to be able to answer.

    It's basically all about the war with NATO. Russia, having the depth and size of its territories, can disperse the VKS. NATO cannot do this. NATO is nothing without military air bases in Europe.