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Former Navy SEAL Commander McRaven Says Putin Has Outplayed the US

by SOFREP News Feb 6, 2021
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Retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven. (Charles Dharapak/AP Images)
Retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven. (Charles Dharapak/AP Images)

Retired Adm. William McRaven argued, during a recent discussion of the challenges the new Biden administration faces, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has outplayed the U.S. and Russia is the greatest external security threat.

“I am often asked where do I think the greatest external security threat is, and I always point to Russia,” McRaven, a former Navy SEAL and special operations commander, said at a Chatham House event on Tuesday. “A lot of people think about China, but Russia jumps to mind first.”

While he acknowledged that Russia is not the superpower it once was, he stressed that “Putin has outplayed us.”

“He has played the great game better than anyone on the world stage,” McRaven said of the Russian president. Pointing to Russian actions in Crimea, Ukraine, Syria, and even the U.S. that were detrimental to American interests, he said: “Putin is a very dangerous person.”

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