- In latest column, Newt Gingrich said, “it may be a matter of weeks or months – not years — [Russian President Vladimir] Putin may decide that using tactical nuclear weapons while threatening to hit Europe and America with strategic nuclear weapons is a better gamble than continuing to lose. He may also conclude that the United States and NATO will not respond to limited nuclear weapons.
Certainly, the Biden administration has failed to set the stage for nuclear deterrence — having already failed catastrophically in Afghanistan and completely misread the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Remember: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley said publicly that the Russians would be in Kiev in three days. As proof of how wrong American intelligence was, the United States offered to fly President Zelenskyy to safety if he agreed the fight was hopeless. History was changed by his courage in an almost Churchillian manner.