Biden Mulls Sending Troops to Ukraine As Substitute for Foreign Policy Plan
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Biden is considering sending troops to Ukraine and the Pentagon put forces on “heightened alert” in the event of NATO deployment. That’s 8,500 troops who could be potentially deployed to face off against Russia for Ukraine.
When it comes to geopolitical concerns, there is no room for sentiment. Ukraine has to fight their own battle and Europe needs to aid their neighbor. Ukraine knows this, Ukrainians are tough and hardened to such action. Progressive, desk jockey politicians in the United States are unaware of this. Send arms, send supplies, don’t send troops.
Some quick backstory: remember this photograph from the G7 Summit a few years back? A lot of media focus zeroed in on the acrimony between Germany’s former Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and former President Trump. The latter was portrayed as a bully for forcing the former to live up to her country’s NATO obligations and pay more for their own self defense — at least 2% of their GDP on their own self defense as previously promised.
Trump was successful as Germany eventually agreed and we see the importance of this today: Without a strong leader in the White House Germany is sitting on its hands refusing to help Ukraine — going to far as to block Estonia from giving Ukraine aid. Germany relies on Russian energy and is set to rely more on Russia’s dirty gas via Nord Stream 2, and while it says a Russian invasion of Ukraine may change this, its actions surely say otherwise. The pipeline has a few final hurdles to pass before regulatory approval, one of the variables buying time. Kiev’s Mayor, former heavyweight champ (he and his brother) Vitali Klitschko blasted Germany’s inaction as “betrayal.”
(Fun related angle: Russia had planned to hold naval exercises off of the Emerald Isle’s coast, but forgot they were dealing with the Irish, who told them to get lost.)
Biden green-lit the completion of Gazprom’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, removed sanctions and last week Democrats refused to sanction Russia, going so far as to use the “Jim Crow relic”-filibuster to do so. These same people and their surrogates in the press told us that Trump was the Russian stooge? By the time Trump left office the United States was the top exporter for oil and LNG. During the first year of his first term Biden/Harris stopped the Keystone pipeline (environmentalists argued that it’s better to use fossil-fueled trains than a pipeline to transport oil), tried suspending leases on public lands, pushed the Green New Deal dragging an unprepared market towards the stated goal of all electric vehicles, an unperfected and expensive tech during runaway inflation — and a move that would deepen dependence on communist China while enriching them.
As I noted on air today, the United States was able to fight victoriously in multiple theaters was due to our immense industrial power. Our home front produced ships, planes, weaponry, everything needed to promote the success of the Allied strategy. Could we do this today? The policies of the Green New Deal push total dependency on China rather than American resources, ingenuity, and labor. After we kneecapped ourselves with Keystone, Biden begged OPEC to produce more crude and they responded by raising prices. He’s now asking Qatar and Norway to provide gas to Europe.
If you were paid to blunt the might of the United States and wreck the stability of the Middle East (Iran deal), Europe, and Indo-Pacific, these are the moves you’d make.
Putin called the collapse of the Soviet Union the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe” and is obsessed with restoring Russia’s honor and restoring its destroyed republic, writing a wordy editorial last summer titled “‘On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” in which he lamented the loss of the former Soviet Republic — although his critics, like Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, were quick to note that Ukraine has been independent and sovereign longer than it was part of the Soviet Union.
Putin abhors the idea of Ukraine joining NATO, and while the country hasn’t been admitted, NATO has said that Russia will not get veto-power admissions. Previous diplomacy, like the not-legally-binding, highly-cited Budapest Memorandum, didn’t work because Russia simply chose to not observe it:
Unfortunately, Russia has broken virtually all the commitments it undertook in that document. It used military force to seize, and then illegally annex, Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in early 2014. Russian and Russian proxy forces have waged war for more than five years in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas, claiming more than 13,000 lives and driving some two million people from their homes.
Some have argued that, since the United States did not invade Ukraine, it abided by its Budapest Memorandum commitments. True, in a narrow sense. However, when negotiating the security assurances, U.S. officials told their Ukrainian counterparts that, were Russia to violate them, the United States would take a strong interest and respond.
Washington did not promise unlimited support. The Budapest Memorandum contains security “assurances,” not “guarantees.” Guarantees would have implied a commitment of American military force, which NATO members have. U.S. officials made clear that was not on offer. Hence, assurances. Beyond that, U.S. and Ukrainian officials did not discuss in detail how Washington might respond in the event of a Russian violation
Joe Biden made it past the Senate by advertising himself as a foreign policy expert — but his “minor incursion” remark made it clear he wasn’t just ignorant of history, but on strategy, too. The Bidens are too distracted by merching-out Joe’s elected offices for President McUnity to focus on a strategy to avoid conflict.
Hunter Biden got a $83k a month (cut after Dad Biden left the VP office) from Burisma for what? Russia’s at Ukraine’s door, China is threatening Taiwan, and Hunter and Joe Biden made money off of all of them.
Meanwhile, 8,500 American soldiers may be called to make up for the lack of leadership in the White House.
UPDATE: Right after I published: