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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.

Please feel free to comment if I have missed any links in the show notes.

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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

Matt's Links

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

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