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Matthew Hoh: Did Russia Have Other Options In Ukraine?

Matthew Hoh came back to the show for the 7th time, this time for a conversation about Ukraine. We discuss what other potential options Russia had, other than invading Russia. Matt lays out the alternative options, while I play devils advocate. We also discuss further western support for Ukraine, where the war may lead, the western curbing of peace talks and briefly Israel.

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Bio - Matthew has been a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy since 2010. In 2009, Matthew resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the State Department over the American escalation of the war. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew took part in the American occupation of Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province with a State Department reconstruction and governance team and then in 2006-7 in Anbar Province as a Marine Corps company commander. When not deployed, Matthew worked on Afghanistan and Iraq war policy and operations issues at the Pentagon and State Department from 2002-8. - Center for International Policy | Matthew Hoh

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Matt's Ukraine Articles

A War Long Wanted Many in Brussels, DC, Kyiv, London and Moscow have desired this war for decades MATTHEW HOH JUN 5, 2023 -

No Other Option: Eastern Ukraine Must Be Destroyed To Save It In the war's second year, it is clear Russia had options other than ruinous invasion and occupation. MATTHEW HOH JUN 27, 2023 -

A Force for Peace in The New York Times Our full page ad today urging diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine MATTHEW HOH MAY 17, 2023 -


Bennett Speaks Out 2:40 0nwards (turn on transcript and use control f)

"Everyone in the West told me we do not have any chance of NATO EU membership, I asked them not to try the Ukrainian people into a corner, because our people are brave and the West should also be brave in telling directly to the Ukrainian people, that well you are not going to be NATO EU member. They did not have a consolidated position and I requested this personally. I requested them personally to try to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO or NATO in a year or two or five. Just say it directly and clearly or just say no. And the response was very clear. You're not going to be a NATO EU member, but publicly the doors will remain open" On GPS: Could Ukraine have averted war by abandoning its NATO quest? Fareed Zakaria Interview with Ukraine President Zelensky on joining NATO CNN 20th of March 2022 - Twitter Minute 2:40

Show Notes


How Sweden and Finland went from neutral to Nato Published 11 July BBC

Ukraine hosts a defense industry forum seeking to ramp up weapons production for the war AP September 20th 2023

Security Council meeting The President held a meeting of the Russian Federation Security Council at the Kremlin Feb 21st 2022

6 new countries to join BRICS, including Iran and Saudi Arabia Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have all been invited to become members of BRICS Politico August 24th 2023

Hollande: ‘There will only be a way out of the conflict when Russia fails on the ground’ by Theo Prouvost December 28, 2022 The Kyiv Independent

Ukraine and Russia agree to talks without preconditions, Zelenskiy says Reuters February 27, 2022

Turkey is friendly with both Russia and Ukraine. Now it wants them to talk peace November 16, 2022 NPR

Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide BBC 22 April 2019

‘Nobody Believes in Our Victory Like I Do.’ Inside Volodymyr Zelensky’s Struggle to Keep Ukraine in the Fight Time Magazine 1st November 2023

Transcript And Audio: Third Presidential Debate October 22, 2012 NPR

It’s time to admit it: Mitt Romney was right about Russia Chris Cillizza Analysis by Chris Cillizza February 27, 2022 CNN

Russian oil finds ‘wide open’ back door to Europe, critics say Middlemen are cashing in as Russian crude finds indirect routes to the European market, politicians and industry insiders allege BY GABRIEL GAVIN MARCH 21, 2023 Politico

Shell reports highest profits in 115 years Published 2 February 2023 BBC

Lindsey Graham calls ‘Russians dying’ the ‘best money US has spent’ in Zelensky meeting The Independent

NATO Secretary General welcomes deepening cooperation and dialogue with Finland and Sweden NATO 01 Dec. 2015

NATO is suffering 'brain death', argues French president Macron French President Emmanuel Macron said he believed NATO was undergoing “brain death", lamenting a lack of coordination between Europe and the United States and unilateral action in Syria by key member Turkey, in an interview published Thursday. Issued on: 07/11/2019 France 24

BAE Systems establishes local presence and signs agreements to support Ukraine Image - BAE Ukraine Announcement 31 Aug 2023

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A Military Drone With A Mind Of Its Own Was Used In Combat, U.N. Says June 1, 2021 NPR

The United States Contributes $1.7 Billion to Support the Government of Ukraine Tuesday, July 12, 2022 USAID

U.S. talks for a landmark deal with Saudi Arabia and Israel are gaining steam The proposed deal would see Saudi Arabia normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a U.S. defense pact and help developing its own civilian nuclear program, sources told NBC News. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia's Red Sea city of Jeddah. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah Sept. 22, 2023 By Andrea Mitchell and Yuliya Talmazan NBC

Blinken and Austin make the case that separating Israel and Ukraine funding would embolden America’s enemies Jennifer Hansler By Jennifer Hansler, CNN October 31, 2023

UN expert warns of new instance of mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, calls for immediate ceasefire 14 October 2023 UN

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