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Biden leaves Zelenskyy with few … if any … options 

Biden leaves Zelenskyy with few … if any … options 

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become the personification of the Ukrainian people’s determination to win Putin’s dirty little war of aggression.  The goal is to drive the Russian army out of Ukraine – even re-uniting the Crimea and the Donbass region. 

It is a very ambitious goal, and one that western democracies support – to a measure.  Zelenskyy is committed to do whatever it takes to achieve total victory.  President Biden, NATO, the European Union and a group of other nations will offer significant help – but not whatever it takes to actually defeat Putin. 

They have admitted as much.  Biden has been pessimistic from the onset.  That is why he has been restrained to even fulfill his commitment to provide sanctions that would cripple and crush the Russian economy.  Nothing Biden has done so far as stopped or even slowed down the Russian aggression.  In some ways it is worse than what it was in the early days of the invasion as Putin resorts to war crimes to make up for his military’s failure to win the ground war.. 

The fierceness of the Ukrainian military and the bravery of the people are the only things that have thwarted Putin’s dream of a quick and decisive victory.  The ability of the Ukrainian military was the factor that opened the flood gate of military weaponry being sent to Ukraine scores of nations.  But it is still limited.  Biden has refused to send fighter jets even though the American people and most members of Congress – on both sides of the aisle – have supported such a move.  There are other weapon systems requested by the Zelenskyy government that seem to be on hold in the west. 

While the Ukraine military and people have shocked the world with their ability to slow down the Russian invasion, Biden remains pessimistic for the long haul.  His most optimistic statements suggest that Russia could not hold Ukraine in the long run.  But there remains a belief that despite Ukraine’s prowess against the Russian military, they will eventually succumb to the invaders. 

That is what puts Zelenskyy in a no-win position.  The lack of western determination to defeat Putin decisively is what makes some sort of compromise necessary.  Biden and the west leave Zelenskyy with two unhappy options. 

IF Biden & Co. are correct, Zelenskyy can fight to the last man – and have his country completely taken over by Putin in the end.  And the Ukrainian people would be subjected to the kind of brutal rule Putin is known for.   

If victory is not possible in the long run, Zelenskyy may be forced into accepting a partial – but significant – victory for Putin.  Zelenskyy may have to agree to cede the Crimea permanently to Russia – as well as those phony independent nations Putin created in eastern Ukraine. 

That portion of Ukraine that remains quasi-independent, for now, would have to forever reject membership in NATO and the European Union.  It would have to demilitarize.  That only means a brief intermission before Putin would again move to take over the entire nation.

That prospect has been viewed as a “cave-in” by Zelenskyy.  But considering his only other option, the Ukrainian leader may have no choice.  That is the result of the too-little-too-late policy of Biden and the western democracies.  It rests more on the shoulders of Biden because – by all claims – he is the leader of the western alliance.  We see many examples where NATO nations are urging Biden to take stronger measures.

If the Ukrainians do not defeat – as in win the war – it will be due to the failure of Biden and the western alliances to have stepped up.  Their strategy is the equivalent of dropping a 50-foot rope to a man 100 feet at the bottom of a well. 

I believe that even at this junction it is not too late – but valuable time is being wasted and people are dying.  If all the stops are pulled out, Putin can be defeated.  But that seems to depend more on Biden and the western leaders than Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people. 

Losing Ukraine as a strategic ally is ever worse than Afghanistan – and that was awful.  Biden is no leader – and not even a good follower.  He only moves when events make him – and not even then.  

So, there ‘tis. 

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry HoristLarry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

10 Comments

  1. Mitch

    He can’t depend on Biden to help in any way.

    • david

      biden does not want ukraine to win this war. its only purpose was to draw russia and china to the south…and cause enough global turmoil to inspire…or manipulate people around the world to sign a future treaty addressing similiar threats in the future…ie “the new world order.

      not sending jets…

      ukraine has brilliant IT people and resources. it would be a relatively simple thing to hack operations software and firmware in the various systems found within these aorcraft once they have physical posssesion of these systems.
      these aircraft become unusable if not updated on a regular basis…connecting with strategic servers here in the usa. those comms are a distinct vulnerability that we cannot afford to give ukraine.

      particularly if they do not prevail against russia.

      at that time putin will have those aircraft and his engineers will parse those systems to the last bit.

      russia escalted his hostilities as soon as it became apparent that civilians were becoming an unexpected force that had to be reckoned with.

      fighting another nations military is one thing…there are treaties and guidlines for these things.

      when civilians become combatants, the oppositional forces are multiplied and the theater of operations must also nessecarily be broadened to include all threats. that includes infrastructure used by combatants…military or otherwise.

      NATO and the US recognize this but wont admit it. it is in their best interests to spin it as a war crime rather than a logical response to a tangible threat escalation.

      i know this isnt what people want to hear and i wishthings were different but it is the factual truth.

      • david

        why is my post being moderated? other post are visible that are crude, insulting and provocative.

        my post is merely my own opinion, but i have a background in the US govt and military.

        i am familiar with all nations involved having been to most of them.

        it is an honest knowledgable apprisal of the current events overseas.

        • david

          by the way, my post is also not a criticism of the us govt. again, it is just an objective opinion from a knowledgable source

          • Perry

            Welcome David. Talk a little trash if you want And I think that you are probably right

        • Joe Gilbertson

          First posts are always moderated

  2. John J

    Biden is English for useless

    • Perry

      That describes the entire democrats party

  3. Joe

    Hidenbiden is a blithering,babling,incompetent,embarrassment, that has no business on the world stage, talking to our allies. He is totally out of touch with reality, and a danger to America and our allies. He needs to be removed,impeached, just taken out of office, for his total inability to communicate anything to our allies, that would help in this war.

    • StealthFighter

      AMEN!!!!