Biden is furious at reckless leaks about American successes in the war in Ukraine

Over the past month, Americans have seen reports detailing American satellite technology helping Ukraine. The sinking of the Russian Black Sea flagship, the Moskva, is one example American technology identified the ship and helped Ukraine target it. Furthermore, the news that the Ukrainians killed about twelve Russian generals with American help was reported by the New York Times. Initially, the Americans knew that the military believed that leaking Russian intentions, such as advertising that an attack was planned on a Wednesday, would dissuade Putin and hurt Russian morale. It may have succeeded up to a point. But now, President Biden believes leaks about American involvement are now extremely dangerous. It is clear that Biden wants to continue maximizing American assistance, but not to the point that it is dangerous for the United States.

The problem is obvious. If the US is essentially pinpointing the location of a Russian general with the GPS coordinates of a grounded Ukrainian missile, can the US realistically say it is not at war with Russia in Ukraine? Does it really matter who pulls the trigger if the information was gathered from an American satellite 22,000 miles above the earth and sent directly to a Ukrainian armed with NATO weapons?

Like Tom Friedman in the New York Times writes:

The astounding result of these leaks is that they suggest that we are no longer in an indirect war with Russia, but rather we are moving towards a direct war – and no one has prepared the American people or Congress for it.

Indeed, the majority of Americans support Russia’s approval and assistance to Ukrainians. Indeed, a Washington Post poll found that up to five days ago, 37% of Americans believe the US is doing too little, while 36% say it is right: the poll included sanctions that raise the price of gas. But that poll is surely based on the fact that the United States can help in some incredibly effective measures without dragging the United States into war if the Russians start firing on Americans or American intelligence capabilities.

Like Friedman writes:

Vladimir Putin certainly has no illusions about how much the US and NATO are arming Ukraine with material and intelligence, but when American officials start bragging in public that he played a role in killing Russian generals and sinking of the Russian flagship, by killing many sailors, we could create an opening for Putin to respond in ways that could dangerously widen this conflict and drag the United States deeper than it would like to be.

Friedman continues by noting what we all know. The danger is doubled by the fact that in recent times Putin has proved much more reckless and more difficult to predict. And Putin is now cornered. Either he will “win” in some sense, or he will make losing him as painful as possible for everyone. This is, of course, a dangerous situation when it comes to nuclear energy.

Indeed, Russia has shown an anemic ability to fight on the ground and even in the air during this war. But the only military resource that the Russians have, in abundance (more than the United States) are nuclear weapons, from “tactile nuclear bombs” (which are not much more than radioactive bunker busters), to the most powerful hydrogen bombs. never built. The type who can eviscerate Manhattan.

Therefore, Biden wants the leaks to be stopped. Now. Friedman reports: Biden said “in the strongest and most colorful language that this kind of loose talk is reckless and must stop immediately, before ending up in an unintended war with Russia.

It would seem like a good idea. It could be argued that the more Putin realizes that American technology makes his invasion an impossible war, the better. But a more responsible bet is that Biden is positioned to evaluate what he could and could not motivate Putin to shoot at us. It’s best to trust his decision.

And the American public certainly does not support a US war with Russia. This question need not be asked.