“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President.”
This is a bookend column.
I began the week with analysis about Vladimir Putin doing exactly what he told Joe Biden he was going to do, invade Ukraine — the biggest military invasion since Adolf Hitler swallowed Poland in 1939.
And I began that analysis with an assertion that I am going to repeat here, because it can’t be repeated often enough: Anyone who believes that Russian dictator and former KGB thug Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine if Donald Trump was still president is pathologically delusional. Putin’s “minor incursion,” as Biden called it ahead of the invasion, is the direct consequence of an inept, non compos mentis appeaser in the White House — who was a moron long before being elected.
For the record, remember when candidate Biden asserted: “Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. … If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.” Remember when he declared that if Trump was reelected, “Imagine what he can do…imagine what can happen to Ukraine.”
Fact is, those who voted for Biden voted for this invasion, voted for the terror that now besieges millions of families and children, and voted for the bloodshed to come.
So, now what?
Obviously, none of Biden’s toothless threats deterred the invasion, nor will they deter the occupation.
Recall last week, the day before Putin’s invasion, Biden’s Ukrainian “border czar” Kamala Harris declared, “The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence.”
In his dangerously dullard remarks yesterday announcing new sanctions against Russia, Biden insisted, “No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening.”
Let that comment sink in. Everything Biden has blustered for the last two months is that sanctions would deter Putin from invading Ukraine. How did that work out?
Predictably, thus far Biden has refused to implement the one sanction that might get Putin’s attention — blocking Russia’s access to the SWIFT banking system. But getting Europe behind that action will be difficult given that NATO nations now depend on Russia and Ukraine for 40% of their natural gas supplies.
On the subject of energy dependence on Russia, Biden’s most symbolic gesture thus far, affirming Trump’s fortitude versus Biden’s ineptitude, would be his reversal of Trump’s sanctions on Putin’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline — his cash cow conduit to Europe — only to now restore Trump’s sanctions on it. Of course, those sanctions have no immediate effect on Russia.
Oh, and there is this regarding Russian oil… After Biden killed the Keystone XL pipeline, ending our national status as a net energy producer, according to National Review analysis: “Throughout 2021, the U.S. has imported 12 million to 26 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum products per month from Russia — that same country we keep enacting new sanctions on, in an effort to deter Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions. … Last spring, imports of Russian oil hit the highest level in a decade; in August, Russia became the second-highest exporter of oil to the United States.”
But hey, at least the temperature of the planet won’t go up some fraction of a degree over some expanse of time, unless, of course, Putin launches some nukes. Apparently, “climate change” is not the most pressing Department of Defense priority, but that has not stopped Biden’s “climate czar” John Kerry from complaining that the Russia-Ukraine war will distract from the Left’s socialist “climate change” agenda.
How long can Ukraine survive before Putin’s next puppet president will be comfortably settled into Kyiv?
Anyone who has served with Ukrainian forces can attest that they are tough.
There are now countless examples of Ukrainian regulars standing against insurmountable odds and overwhelming enemy forces.
One such example will become the rallying cry for all Ukrainians.
Yesterday, Ukrainian border guards on the small outpost of Snake Island were ordered by Russian warships to surrender. Their response was a modern version of that made famous in the Texas Revolution Battle of Gonzales in 1835, when Americans, refusing to give up a cannon to Santa Anna’s overwhelming Mexican forces, responded, “Come and take it.”
The Ukrainians responded to the Russians, “Russian warship, go f**k yourself.” The Russians opened fire, killing all 13 Ukrainians.
“Remember Snake Island!”
But the harsh reality is that, thus far, Putin has only deployed a fraction of his forces arrayed along Ukraine’s borders. Intelligence estimates indicate that if Putin activated the bulk of those border forces, Kyiv would fall within 48 hours, and half of Ukraine’s forces would perish over the next 10 days. If that comes, we will then see what an actual “insurrection” looks like.
But our feckless leader insists: “I didn’t underestimate him. … He has much larger ambitions than Ukraine. He wants to in fact reestablish the former Soviet Union. That’s what this is about.”
Thanks, Joe. That is precisely how we outlined Putin’s objective almost three months ago in “Battleground Ukraine: Putin the Tyrant v. Biden the Appeaser.”
Ominously, recall that in his comments to justify the invasion, Putin made references to Poland and Lithuania, both of which are NATO Article 5 countries. An attack on either would constitute an attack on all of NATO, triggering U.S. military involvement.
And, as we predicted, Red China has stepped up its military probes of Taiwan airspace. Giving a stupid answer to an equally stupid question yesterday, when Biden was asked if Xi Jinping was helping to deter Putin, Biden responded, “I’m not prepared to comment on that.”
Biden’s spinners are working furiously ahead of his State of the Union Address next week to weave some believable deflection of how Biden’s ineptitude invited this invasion. You can read a preview of his lies and obfuscations here.
Again, let me be clear: It can’t be stated strongly or often enough that, as was the case with our Afghan allies’ bloodshed in the wake of Biden’s surrender and retreat from Afghanistan, every drop of Ukrainian bloodshed is the direct result of Biden’s abject ineptitude. Brace yourself, America.
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