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Ex US official admits Ukraine conflict is NATO ‘proxy war with Russia’

Former US State Department official Eliot Cohen stated openly that the conflict in Ukraine is a NATO “proxy war with Russia,” and called for using the country to kill as many Russian soldiers as possible, “the more and faster the better.”

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A former US State Department official has stated openly that the conflict in Ukraine is a NATO “proxy war with Russia,” and called for killing as many Russian soldiers as possible, “the more and faster the better.”

These comments were made by Eliot A. Cohen, who served as a counselor for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2007 to 2009, in the George W. Bush administration’s State Department.

A staunch advocate for hardline neoconservative foreign policy, Cohen published an article in The Atlantic magazine on March 14, titled “America’s Hesitation Is Heartbreaking,” in which he praised the Joe Biden administration for waging an indirect war on Russia on multiple fronts, including through information war, economic war, and proxy war in Ukraine.

Cohen complained, however, that Biden should do even more to up the ante, escalating the conflict even further.

The Biden administration has already sent Ukraine more than 17,000 anti-tank weapons, including Javelin missiles, as well as 2,000 stinger anti-aircraft missiles. Some of these went directly to the notorious neo-Nazi Azov regiment.

After sending $350 million in arms to Ukraine in late February, the Biden administration approved an additional $13.6 billion aid package in March, including $6.5 billion in military support.

Eliot Cohen insisted this is not nearly enough. “The stream of arms going into Ukraine needs to be a flood,” he proclaimed in his article in The Atlantic.

“The United States and its NATO allies are engaged in a proxy war with Russia,” he wrote clearly. “They are supplying thousands of munitions and hopefully doing much else—sharing intelligence, for example—with the intent of killing Russian soldiers.”

Cohen added on an equally explicit note: “we must face a fact: To break the will of Russia and free Ukraine from conquest and subjugation, many Russian soldiers have to flee, surrender, or die, and the more and faster the better.”

“Thus far the Biden administration has done an admirable job of winning the information war, mobilizing the NATO alliance, and imposing crippling (if not yet complete) sanctions on the Russian economy,” he continued. “It has, it appears, sped the delivery of some weapon systems (notably Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missiles) to Ukrainian forces.”

The neoconservative hawk called for the Biden administration to give Ukraine fighter planes. He claimed sending MiG-29 jets would not escalate the proxy war into World War III with Russia – although many experts strongly disagree with him, including leaders of the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies.

“If only we have the stomach for doing what needs to be done,” he wrote.

Cohen was a leading supporter of the 2003 Iraq War, and has likewise called for Washington to wage a conventional war on Iran.

Although he is no longer directly in government, Cohen works at the highly influential neoconservative think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), which is funded by the US government and its allies, the weapons industry, and fossil fuel corporations.

He is also a professor at the elite Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, which has a revolving door with the US government.

Cohen’s ultra-bellicose views are quite representative of his fellow hawks in Washington; he is by no means alone. His article in The Atlantic provides an honest glimpse into how prominent US imperial planners see the crisis in Ukraine: as an opportunity to use the Ukrainian people as cannon fodder in a proxy war to bleed Russia.



  1. deschutesmaple

    2022-03-30 at 09:18

    Eliot A. Cohen, certified USDA prime choice asshole should stop bloviating about ‘killing more Russians’ and go there and join the international brigades and kill some Russians himself. Another Washington career asshole who endlessly bloviates for more war and more carnage–as long as it’s never him who does the fighting. This asshole Cohen is a psychopath. There is never enough war and death for scum like this; and there is never enough military spending. Meanwhile parts of USA look like a third world country, like Detroit. USA=shit country w/shit ‘leadership’.

    • Daniel P. Piotrowicz

      2022-10-20 at 08:16

      Well~~~I have been around since ’56, and I can say I have seen a lot of what Eliot A. Cohen says…

  2. Kevin Vecchione

    2022-04-22 at 12:39

    Fucking Christ that was sickening. Good work exposing these war mongers cause lord knows I’m not reading that article in the Atlantic myself.

    • Nathan

      2022-09-14 at 18:19

      You got that right lol

  3. Daniel P. Piotrowicz

    2022-10-20 at 11:41

    Make All Your Choices Wisely.

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