FoxNews on July 29, 2014, reported that Jack Devine, the president of the Arkin Group, a risk consulting group said the Russian President Vladimir Putin does a “good job” confusing the West, as evidenced most recently by the leader’s denial that his country is firing rockets into Ukraine,… Excerpts below:
Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland spoke to Jack Devine about U.S. strategy against Russia…
He says so far Putin’s regional strategy is working in Russia’s favor.
“Plausible denial does not mean credible denial, so he’s doing all the things that could have been anticipated. He is using agents of influence, using psychological warfare, and he is providing military support and denying it,” Devine told FoxNews.com.
Devine sees Putin’s playbook similar to how the Soviet Union dealt with crises. “If you look back in the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, it was pretty much the same approach.”
“I’m advocating not only do we use diplomacy, we use covert action, we make sure we are using agents of influence and that we provide the support,” said Devine. “I agree no troops on the ground, but he [Putin] is really playing a hardball kind of game and we should match that.”
There are concerns that supporting Ukraine’s military is a risk, with possible Russian informants embedded with the Ukrainians. Devine dismissed this.
“The best way to know what is going on and [to] deal with things is to get in there and do it covertly.”
While the U.S. is hoping to garner European support to pressure Russia, Devine says, “by and large we are going to have to carry the burden of covert action as we always have.”
He warns that the possibility of further sanctions won’t change Putin’s position.
“I think he is sticking to his game plan — he doesn’t want to take the whole Ukraine; he knows that is not within his grasp because otherwise you’re going to have an insurgency of a different type.”