Tensions mount in Europe as many experts say that Russia appears ready to launch an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
During a recent interview, former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the secret to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin aggressive behavior can be found in the White House.
According to the Daily Wire, Pompeo told Fox News host Shannon Bream that President Joe Biden’s interactions have effectively given Putin a green light.
“The real hard work of deterrence would have happened a long time ago, a year ago, when President Putin demanded that we give him a new START treaty extension, we gave it to him for nothing,” Pomeo complained.
Pompeo says Putin does not see Biden as credible
“When they had Russian cyberattacks and they shut down the Colonial Pipeline, we told them you can only attack certain sectors, but 16 are off-limits.”
That was a reference to the 2021 hack that temporarily left many drivers along the East Coast facing long lines and empty gas tanks, something security experts said was likely the work of Russian cyber criminals.
“When we left Afghanistan in the way we did — those were the places where the administration had a chance to establish deterrence,” Pompeo continued.
“Putin saw this and so these tactical things today about whether our families will stay in Ukraine, we’ve got to the right thing and take care of our families,” he continued.
Retired Army general predicts an invasion after the Olympics
However, Pompeo went on to say that “these tactical things aren’t what causes Vladimir Putin to recalculate his cost-benefit analysis,” instead insisting that the problem is more fundamental.
“I think they don’t see President Biden as credible,” the former CIA director told Bream. “I think they see all this talking, these pieces of paper being exchanged just not credible.”
On Monday, retired Army Gen. Jack Keane told Fox News that he believes Russia is likely to invade at some point after next month’s Beijing Olympics but before the ground in Ukraine begins to thaw.
“[Putin] will not conduct an invasion during [the Olympics] in my judgement and detract from his cohort and his friend’s major propaganda venture,” Keane predicted.