Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Questions About President Biden, Ukraine and Russia

Robert Gates famously said of Joe Biden: ”I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past forty years.” Afghanistan validated Secretary Gates’ assessment of President Biden. Can we realistically believe the current national security team of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and even Susan Rice, will do any better with Ukraine? Or Taiwan? Or the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania? Or Poland? If you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight, why do you bring sanctions to an army invasion? What is a sanction anyway? What is meant by a tier of sanctions? What is a tranche of sanctions? Will the United States stop importing oil from Russia? Will President Biden open up the domestic energy industry? How much will Americans pay for a gallon of gas? It's up to $5 in California. Since the Trump Administration has known for months President Putin’s plans, why has the response been so inept? Is the eastern Ukraine a repeat of the Sudetenland? What effect, if any, did President Biden’s strong rhetoric have on President Putin? Is President Putin worried about anything President Biden says? Will cutting off Russia from Western finance matter to Russia, which can access China? Will relocating 1,000 troops, F-35’s and Apache helicopters to the Baltic nations reassure them? Will NATO hang strong together? Have Joe and Hunter got all their money out of Ukraine?

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