WORDS: 659 — It seems there has indeed been some behind-the-scenes activity on how to “handle” Putin. Better to have a brain-trust at your disposal than trust only in your own brain.
In my post of early yesterday I mentioned a bit about Biden’s general persona as a human being likely being somewhat frustrated at being the most powerful guy in the world yet unable to help save Ukrainian lives. I presented that his human empathy might be motivating him to seek out more intel/think tank avenues from which different possibilities might present themselves to him. As of this morning, CNN is reporting just one particular behind-the-scenes action that has been on-going, away from public knowledge since the invasion began. HERE is the reporting in its entirety, but a few paragraphs I am submitting below.
Four days after Russia invaded Ukraine, President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan authorized a team of officials to quietly map out potential ways the US could respond if Russian President Vladimir Putin took an extreme step, including deploying chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, a senior administration official told CNN.
The group, known internally as a Tiger Team, is a new version of the one assembled last fall when it appeared Russia was preparing to invade Ukraine. Now a month into the invasion, this group meets several times a week to examine how the US could respond if Russia were to conduct a biological weapons attack, encroach on NATO territory, target US convoys or any other step Putin may take given his clear frustration over Russia’s lack of progress.
The Tiger Team is focused on creating contingency plans for several scenarios, including Russia’s potential use of chemical or biological weapons, targeting of US convoys delivering military assistance, disruptions to global food supply chains and the growing refugee crisis.
The National Security Council has also created another strategy group that will work in tandem with them to conduct a longer-term examination of potential major geopolitical shifts happening because of Russia’s invasion. The strategy group is working to monitor and mitigate risks, while considering how to advance and defend US interests, the official said.