Washington could face Moscow forces if kyiv starts losing, says veteran journalist
The United States could be directly involved in the Ukraine conflict if it finds kyiv’s forces are retreating, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh suggested on Tuesday.
Speaking at an event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the nonprofit Committee for the Republic, Hersh noted that the United States “do bad things” during the Vietnam War, and suggested that Washington might “start doing something else” in the Ukrainian conflict.
“I don’t know what happens if it goes bad for Ukraine, you have all this manpower,” he said, pointing out that the United States had sent units from its elite 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions near the Ukrainian border, while “many guns and weapons are coming” in Europe.
“I’m told the game is going to be: it’s NATO, we’re supporting NATO in offensive operations against the Russians, which won’t fool the world… It’s us who are fighting Russia,” Hersh pointed out, without disclosing his sources.
According to Hersch, “The Big Deal” is that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to reach an agreement with the Ukrainian government. “The deal is demilitarized, and that’s going to be a no-go for us,” said the journalist, adding that the Russian leader “hasn’t set his main strength yet” in the conflict.
Summarizing the conflict in Ukraine, Hersh argued that “we may be wrong about what is happening there and about the results”.
He recalled the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II, when Soviet troops suffered heavy casualties but still emerged victorious. “Come on. Do we really want to mingle with these guys? I don’t think so,” adds the journalist.
In February, Hersh released a bombshell report on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipeline explosions last September, accusing Washington of orchestrating the attack. The White House has denied any responsibility. Last week, several Western media claimed that the culprits were possibly linked to Ukraine. Moscow dismissed the reports as “a coordinated media hoax campaign.”
Russia has repeatedly expressed concerns about NATO’s eastward expansion and its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Last month, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that NATO “no longer acts as our conditional adversary, but as our enemy” as it conducts round-the-clock intelligence operations against Moscow and continues to supply weapons to kyiv.