Fmr Defense Intelligence Agency officer warns Putin ‘sanction-proofed’ economy, Biden has no recourse

(Video: Fox News)

A former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) officer called President Biden a “one-trick pony” relying on sanctions in a dispute where Putin has “sanction-proofed” his economy.

Rebekah Koffler, formerly of DIA and author of the book “Putin’s Playbook,” appeared on “Fox News @Night” to discuss the failure to act by Biden with fellow guest Fred Fleitz, formerly an analyst with the CIA. Host Shannon Bream first addressed Fleitz on Biden’s view that Putin is set to attack.

“I think that’s probably right,” Fleitz responded, believing Putin had come to an arrangement with President Xi of China to wait until after the Olympics. He also criticized Biden’s use of so-called “intelligence” during his repeated public addresses stating Putin’s intentions for war are “fairly obvious” and “I haven’t seen any concrete action or strategy by Joe Biden to stop it.”

Bream then turned to Koffler and asked how can the U.S. stop being so reactive, causing Koffler to respond, “Unfortunately, Shannon, we have missed the window of opportunity.”

“We have not developed a deterrent strategy,” Koffler went on about Putin’s efforts to integrate Ukraine before pointing out the 20-year failure in Afghanistan that she also blamed on the Pentagon’s inability to deter.

“Unfortunately,” Koffler said, “the one-trick pony that President Biden has which is sanctions has no tricks because Putin has sanction-proofed his economy for a long time.”

Fleitz had similar sentiments about the failure to take appropriate actions by Biden, stating, “This incursion is taking place because of a year of weakness by Joe Biden,” citing a “foreign policy that is incoherent,” before pivoting to the decision to send Kamala Harris to Europe for diplomatic discussions.

“The president sent Kamala Harris to the Munich Security Conference where there will be last minute discussions on this which I think was a terrible idea. Where is William Burnes the CIA director. He’s a former ambassador to Russia. He speaks Russian. The Russian respect him,” Fleitz detailed. “Why hasn’t Biden deployed him. It’s just a string of errors; a string of incompetent steps that have led us to this crisis.”

Bream went on to ask whether there was any chance that Putin would take a diplomatic off-ramp before engaging in military action against Ukraine prompting Koffler to state it was unlikely. Instead, she believed Putin would resort to a cyber attack to induce a similarly crippling effect on the Ukrainians. This turned the discussion to whether Russia would attempt a similar assault on the United States.

“I’m worried about it,” Fleitz conceded. “But I also think the Russians know that we’re much better at cyberattacks than they are,” he said before suggesting we would launch a counterattack.

Koffler put an exclamation point in her earlier comments that Biden’s go-to solution with sanctions was well beyond relevant because the only true diplomatic solutions are, “not in the United States long term interests.” She explained that all we can offer is a promise that former Soviet Republics like Ukraine will not join NATO and the “experts” in Washington D.C., whom she called out for their failure to deter this situation, will not go for that.


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