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The headline is not what we heard from wimpy Joe Biden.  The White House folks are still scratching their heads – wonder if a few troops placed in the separatist region fits the definition of an invasion.  Not long ago, Biden blustered that the moment ANY troops entered Ukraine it would trigger an automatic imposition of Draconian sanctions that would cripple Russia.  But when Biden blusters, he lies.  

So far, our response to the buildup and invasion was to threaten unnamed sanctions, reposition American troops to where they will not help the Ukrainians — and now German has suspended the certification of a pipeline that is not yet in use.  For his part, Biden has ordered an end to business relationships, but only in the regions the Moscow madman claims.  Putin must be pooping in his pants. 

Over the past several months, I have criticized the Biden strategy on Ukraine for being weak and potentially ineffective – doomed to failure — in stopping Russian despot Vladimir Putin from invading.  Sadly, I was right – as were a whole bunch of other pundits and politicians.  Even average citizens – far from the scene – could see it.  

Now, thousands of people – soldiers and civilians – will likely die – maybe tens of thousands.  Others will be arrested, incarcerated and tortured.  That is what the expert analysts had projected before the invasion – and that is what Biden was told would happen.  He knew it, just as he knew what would happen in Afghanistan.

From day one, Putin was unimpressed by the vague talk of “severe sanctions.”  Anyone with an IQ higher than a hockey score knew the threat of sanctions was not going to work.  But that did not stop Biden from continuing to lie to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy … to the American people … to the entire world.  Biden – ergo NATO — is complicit in paving the way for the Russian invasion by lack of effective measures to prevent it.  A fact that is painfully obvious now.

Leading up to the Russian invasion, many of those television pundits said that if Putin pulled back, it would be proof that Biden’s strong stand against the Moscow Madman will have succeeded.  That means that in the light of the invasion, Biden’s jawboning and threats of sanctions were abysmal failures.

The contest between President Biden and Putin was a winner take all.  There is no partial victory.  No consolation prize.  Putin wins.  Biden loses – along with America, NATO and the civilized world.  But no people lose more than the Ukrainians.

Despite Biden’s second international tragedy of biblical proportions, many in the press still praise him for his toughness against Putin – and for unifying NATO.  Both accolades are misplaced.  Biden displayed weakness against Putin – not causing the Russian despot to alter his plans in the slightest way.  

And the claim of NATO unity is political hype.  What France will do is still and open to question.  Hungary always showed reluctance to take on Russia over Ukraine.  Germany initially banned the airflights sending weapons to Ukraine from flying over German air apace, offered to send only helmets and has only agreed to temporarily delay the completion of the second Nord Stream pipeline.  But Germany will still take 40 percent of its energy from Russia – helping finance the invasion. Italy has said that oil should not be included in the sanctions. 

There is no face-saving for the American President.   Nothing Biden did or threatened worked.  The President’s entire “peace in our time” did nothing to stop, slow down or limit the invasion that is taking place.  Biden was a rag doll in the mouth of the Russian bear.

Now that the invasion has begun, I will chance another prediction.  Not only have the threats of so-called “Draconian sanctions” that would “cripple Russia” not stopped the invasion, but I am also betting that they will not be as crippling as Biden has promised.  We will see how all these threatened sanctions hold up over time.  Putin is likely to see them ebbing over time just as all those other so-called “crippling sanctions” proved meaningless.

Whatever damage sanctions can do to Russia in the short term, Putin will see them as a small price to pay for the gains in Ukraine.  In terms of his plan to rebuild the old Soviet Union, Putin is running the table.  The wimpy west stood by as he took Georgia, the Crimea and the Donbas Region – and as he is spreading Kremlin hegemony over Belarus.  

The biggest obstacles to Putin’s dream of a restored Soviet Union are those once called “captive nations” that have since joined NATO – such as Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia.  That has pushed the border of the NATO defense alliance considerably closer to the Russian border – and in some cases, right to the border.  And that is what has Putin apoplectic.

We have been told many times that Putin does not respect words, diplomacy or threats – but only brute strength.  Knowing that, however, Biden opted for words, diplomacy and threats.  How was that ever going to work?

If Ukraine had become a member of NATO, Putin would have lost his last buffer state between the European alliance and Mother Russia.  But in reality, Putin does not really want Ukraine to be a buffer state.  He wants to be able to push HIS military to the border of NATO.  Ukraine is particularly significant because Putin does not see it as a client state – a captive nation — but rather as an integral part of Mother Russia.

At this point, there appears to be no way of defeating Putin.  No matter how long it takes … or how many incursions … or how many people must die … Putin is likely to own Ukraine as part of Russia.  There is no strategy – no united will to do what is necessary to stop Putin.  They say that NATO is united against Putin – but unity without resolve is meaningless.

Ukraine is a big prize even if it costs tens of thousands of lives and triggers a massive migration into eastern Europe – potentially destabilizing the NATO nations on the Russian/Ukraine border.  Of course, that is just another plus for Putin.  If the United States and NATO look impotent – as they do – Putin wins. 

And keep in mind, that Ukraine is not the last stop on Putin’s march westward.  He has already declared that he does not consider the nations that joined NATO after the fall of the old Soviet Union as legitimate NATO nations.  He wants the NATO border to be returned to the 1990s map – the Soviet Union map.

In a moment of candor, Biden said that he viewed Putin as a killer.  He is more than that.  Putin’s willingness to launch a large-scale catastrophic war of aggression and occupation makes Putin the closest thing we have seen to Adolph Hitler.  The major difference is that the civilized world united to stop Hitler, this year it united to shaking a scolding finger at Putin – diplomatically, of course.

Once again, Biden will preside over the loss of another strategically – with horrific impact on millions of innocent freedom-loving people.  And the fool has almost three more years to screw up.  How many more allies will he surrender to America’s adversaries?  How many millions of innocent people will he allow to be oppressed and killed?

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry 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.


  1. Tom

    I am not disagreeing with you Larry. We do have to remember that Ukraine is not a NATO member and that is the fault of 30 nations, not just the USA, and not Biden. NATO acceptance of Ukraine should have been an outcome of Russia’s 2014 invasion but it wasn’t. Putin exhibits emotional detachment syndrome – which is when you punish a child so much the child no longer feels the pain of punishment and does not care what you do to them – it does not thwart the bad behavior because the child is emotionally detached from the pain. The sanctions may be severe enough to cause Putin to stumble for a moment, but we will have to wait and see. I would imagine they have already calculated future sanctions and have work-arounds in place. Energy costs will rise and this will be a tricky balance for Putin. More troubling is that the Duma Russian leadership has given Putin the approval to use force outside of Russia. That is just what Putin needs for re-election this autumn, which weighs big on his mind. He needs a big victory to cement another term as president. He wants to tell his constituents that “Russia is back!” Throwing him a defeat would likely get rid of him. Let’s face it, with everybody’s eye on China, Russia found the perfect time to attack. I really doubt that future sanctions will mean much to Putin because he does not plan for this to take very long. Welcome back the old U.S.S.R!!!

    • Ben

      I wish I had my vote back

    • larry Horist

      You are correct about the problem of Ukraine not being in NATO. I had called for Ukraine to be admitted when Zelenskyy was first elected. We would not have this today had that been done. I also favored stationing US troops in Ukraine — even some military bases in east Ukraine. Putin would not have dared invade. But NATO was the problem. Even today, the German chancellor told Putin that Ukraine would never get into NATO as long as he is chancellor. I once thought Turkey was the weak link, but it is Germany — with all their dependency on Russian oil. This is just the latest in America’s losing strategy since World War II. We are no longer the world leader — and Biden is just the latest weakling. In many ways we are seeing the rise of the spirit of Stalin — and Mao in China.

      • Brn

        I always have said that we should make Ukraine the 51st state. Then Putin wouldn’t mess with us at all. Plus, it would give us a good place to put all the Mexicans. Matter of fact we should annex all of Europe as different states. Then we can get rid of NATO altogether. But first we need to take Canada. Because they have the best truckers.

  2. chuck hollis

    America, and more specifically caused by Democrat and RINO Republicans aligned with Biden, Pelosi and Schumer, has been weakened to the status of a third world country. They, and their co-conspirators, are leading the USA into a third world war with Russia and China (the Iranians will use the dispute to try and destroy Israel) and we and the rest of the western world will be bombed back to the stone age. Why don’t we, with 62 percent of Americans believing this as our future, remove those scoundrels’ from power, by force if necessary and return America to the Nation envisioned by our Founding Fathers. We removed God from our public and private lives. It’s time we invited Him back. Keep your powder dry!

    • Ben

      Will that be baking powder or your special face powder makeup for men?

      Yes, if it wasn’t for Biden, Pelosi and Schumer we could be a second rate country instead of a Third World country. It’s hard to decide which communist to fight, the Democrats or the Russians? Can’t wait to see you forcibly remove them from power with your dry powder. And then you can return to the world of the founding fathers, slavery, powdered wigs, no vaccines, no masks, no votes for women, and your God. .

      • Larry kuhn

        Sounds good to me

        • Ben

          I knew you loved powdered wigs, slaves and subservient women, you sick perverted bologna wrangler. . .

  3. oguillory

    …more lies and warmongering from people who call themselves “Conservative”. The same people who told us Iraq had WMD, that The North Vietnamese had “torpedoed” an American ship…and that 19 Arabs living in a cave in Afghanistan pulled off 911. We know Bush, Cheney, Israel and England pulled off 911. We know that many people who call themselves conservative are simply warmongers who enjoy their Military Industrial Complex Stocks climbing higher and higher. We know so many who lie and claim to be Conservative would sell out America for their 30 pieces of silver. What traitors. But we are supposed to believe their lies about “Russia, Russia, Russia”! Ha! Ha! Ha! Yeah…that worked out well when they lied about Trump. I hope the people who pulled that stunt legally dangle from a rope, very soon…very painfully.

    • Ben

      We all know that Putin is a genius in the Biden and America are weak. This will not change unless we change it. We need to stand behind the true president, Donald Trump, because he could stand up to Putin, and he would’ve never let this happen. Because Donald Trump had already in the Republican platform in 2016 pretty much seeded Ukraine to the Russians anyway. He continue to do so even arming the Ukrainians as Putin continued to take over the eastern part of the country. That’s called having your cake and eat it too. Putin is a genius. But Biden this week and Trump is strong. That’s why North Korea doesn’t have missiles anymore, why China’s army is getting smaller, and why Putin was kept in the box. Now with weak Joe, America can longer be strong. We need to be 1/6 strong. Those were true Patriots peeing in the capital. When Trump and JFK Junior run for president, we can change the world.

      • larry Horist

        Ben … I am beginning to believe that you are more of a false flag provocateur than and commentator. First of all, you seem to be playing games by using other commentators names. You are responding obsessively on all side of the issues. And you seem to push nutty theories to may the rightwing look bad. I was struck by your last comment about Trump and JFK, Jr. running for President. JFK, Jr. is dead D.E.A.D … dead. I would suggest that you pick a side and pick a unique screen name.