Col. Douglas Macgregor: ‘The war is really over in Ukraine … they have been grounded to bits’

(Video: Fox News)

Retired U.S. Army Col. Douglas Macgregor has been one of the few experts to provide sober and level-headed analysis of the Russian war in Ukraine, which is now entering its fourth week.

On Thursday, Macgregor explained on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Ukraine had all but lost the war, and that the beleaguered country had been “grounded to bits” by the relentless Russian forces.

While not a popular opinion in the general news media, Macgregor’s analysis seems largely borne out by battlefield realities in Ukraine. Despite fierce resistance from Ukrainian forces, and what appear to be operational missteps and blunders, the Russian military has managed to slowly take and hold territory in eastern Ukraine, and it has begun to encircle the capital city of Kyiv.

Among the many military commentators weighing in on the situation in Ukraine, Macgregor has been almost alone in recommending that Ukraine should have capitulated long ago. Since the beginning of the invasion, Macgregor has maintained that it should have been the position of the Ukrainian government from the get-go to seek a negotiated settlement with Russia. Prolonging the war, in his estimation, only adds to the devastation and suffering of the Ukrainian people and postpones the inevitable.

“The war is really over for the Ukrainians,” Macgregor told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “They have been grounded to bits. There’s no question about that, despite what we report on our mainstream media. So the real question for us at this stage is, if there is an agreement, Tucker, are we going to live with the Russian people and their government? Or are we going to continue to pursue this sort of regime change dressed up as Ukrainian war?”

The former colonel also mentioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s remarks earlier in the day, in which he supported Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s diplomatic overtures to Putin with the aim of reaching a ceasefire and negotiating some sort of modus vivendi with Russia.

“Actually, Tucker,” Macgregor told the host, “Mr. Zelenskyy has mentioned neutrality along with some of the other conditions—autonomy for the Donbas and renouncing any claim on Crimea. I think in truth, the Russians and the Ukrainians are very close right now to a ceasefire and ultimately to some sort of agreement that ends this tragedy.

“Secretary Blinken’s remarks this afternoon actually intimated that. He said that we would support President Zelenskyy’s decision to sign an agreement. He didn’t go into any other detail, but that’s the first time that anybody has really mentioned this,” he noted.

And that wasn’t all Macgregor had to say. He also criticized the missteps and shortsightedness of U.S. foreign policy with regard to Russia, especially the eagerness to use Ukraine as a hostile proxy against Putin.

“Are we going to stop trying to use Ukraine or anybody else as a battering ram against Moscow? We really, really need to live with these people as opposed to kill them. I don’t have an immediate answer, but somebody needs to deal with this because we do cohabit the planet,” he said.

Macgregor closed out his appearance by observing that the United States should focus on problems of greater national interest, such as the defense of its own borders and the maintenance of the dollar’s position in the international economy.


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