THEO VAN GOGH: A HONORABLE EXIT FOR PUTIN – Former Mossad Chief -Putins Nuclear Threats Show His Desperation


Efraim Halevy, who led Israel’s Mossad from 1998 to 2002, writes for Haaretz on the war in Ukraine, explaining why Putin played the nuclear card so soon and how Biden can still offer the Russian leader an honorable exit

Efraim Halevy HAARETZ Mar. 1, 2022 –

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision Sunday to play the nuclear threat card for the first time since the end of the Cold War, and to do so less than a week after invading Ukraine with a massive ground force, requires more than a perfunctory mention.

On the face of it, the move appears self-defeating given the clear, massive advantage Russia has in conventional forces over Ukraine. If the threat had to be announced so soon, the reason for this invites serious analysis. In my view, it reflects an element of growing desperation on Putin’s part.