Is it so axiomatic, as some suggest, that the Biden admininistration would like the war between Ukraine and Russia to drag on endlessly? The argument is that such a war would weaken Russia, one of its main geo-political rivals at home and globally, while at the same time strengthening the hand of the Biden administration and U.S. imperialism.

But what this line of reasoning ignores is that it could just as easily weaken the Biden administration and its political capacity to pursue its domestic agenda – not least Biden’s reelection – and its international agenda – the good as well as the bad.

And, especially, if the current war morphs into a wider war with all the unintended consequences connected to that turn of events.