The Biden administration hopes Putin does something stupid and Putin is hoping the Biden administration doesn’t. The likelihood of the latter is far higher. From Finian Cunningham at strategic-culture.org:
By sending massive shipments of offensive weapons to a rabidly Russophobic regime Washington is demonstrating its witting culpability.
Following his set-piece video call with Vladimir Putin this week, U.S. President Joe Biden said there would be no American military forces sent to Ukraine to defend against alleged Russian invasion.
Answering media questions at the White House, Biden categorically dismissed any possibility of U.S. troops being deployed to Ukraine. The president pointedly noted that Ukraine is not a member of the NATO military alliance and therefore there was no legal obligation to defend that country.
“The idea the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia invading Ukraine is not in the cards right now,” said Biden. “We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies under Article 5 [a collective defense provision]. It’s a sacred obligation. That obligation does not extend to Ukraine,” he added.
That restraint expressed by Biden is a rather curious anomaly. For several weeks, the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence have been broadcasting grave concerns that Russia was planning an imminent invasion of Ukraine. An incursion with up to 175,000 troops, armored divisions and aircraft might happen next month, according to American intelligence and dutiful media outlets.
Ukrainian military officials have been echoing the dire warnings. Defense minister Oleksii Reznikov has declared that Ukraine is “committed to defending Europe against Russian aggression”.