Heading into its second year in office, the Biden administration has been hit hard by rising inflation, another pandemic variant and a stalled agenda in Congress. As it struggles to salvage things, the administration can little afford a major international conflict—especially after finally winding down the 20-year fiasco in Afghanistan.

That’s precisely the risk in Eastern Europe, where the administration is straining to confront Russia over its troop buildup on Ukraine’s borders. If handled improperly, the conflict could potentially spiral into a proxy war between the U.S. and Russia.

Read the full article at Newsweek.

John Feffer directs Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow him on Twitter @JohnFeffer.

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