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U.S. interest should be avoiding another arms race with Russia expert says

The "Doomsday Clock," a mechanism, designed to warn the whole world about imminent threat created by a group of Manhattan Projects scientists in the last century, is showing almost midnight. Moreover, it shows it is the closest we have been to doomsday in more than 30 years, Heuvel writes.

Russia continues to swallow up Ukraine. The United States tightens relations with Russia, considering the possibility of providing the Ukrainian army with lethal weapons. The potential move is supported by a bipartisan chorus of hawkish voices, led by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and including, it appears, President Obama's soon-to-be secretary of defense. At his confirmation hearing last week, nominee Ashton Carter testified that he is "very much inclined" to support arms transfers, saying, "We need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves."

However, according to the author, arming the Ukrainian army should not be the best interest of the U.S. Indeed, as Jeremy Shapiro of the Brookings Institution writes, "If U.S.-provided weapons fail to induce a Russian retreat in Ukraine and instead cause an escalation of the war" — which they almost certainly will — "the net result will not be peace and compromise."

In her opinion, such military assistance to Ukraine will take more lives of innocent people and heighten already strained relations with Russia.

"The U.S. interest should be avoiding another arms race with Russia — nuclear or otherwise — and rebuilding the trust that will be necessary to stabilize Ukraine. Further U.S. involvement in the conflict would have the opposite effect, potentially ending the last remnants of cooperation between the countries to contain the spread of nuclear weapons. Moreover, the Obama administration should consider the impact on relations with important European allies, who are pushing hard for a diplomatic resolution, and may even break with Washington policy. Arming Kiev seems to have been a step too far, especially with Ukraine on the point of financial collapse," Heuvel writes.