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The impotent Mr. Biden

The impotent Mr. Biden

Whether Russian despot Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine – either an incursion or and full-scale invasion – is entirely up to him.  

When Putin amassed 75,000 troops along Ukraine’s eastern border — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.  When the number was increased to 100,000 troops — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.  When heavy equipment and aggressive weapons were moved to the border — — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.  When Putin placed more troops along the north and south flanks of Ukraine — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.  When Putin sent troops into Belarus to further reinforce the northern border — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.  When Putin sent in blood supplies, a common strategic last step before military action — President Biden threatened unspecified sanctions.

From the onset, experts and advisors had told Biden that the sanctions should have been imposed because of Putin’s already aggressive actions.  And yet, each time Putin spit in the face of Uncle Sam, our president did NOTHING.  Biden’s political impotency is proving to be a security risk to Ukraine AND the United States.

Biden’s only threatened military countermeasure was the threat – again a THREAT – to move 8500 American trumps to the Baltic states that lie on the border between the Ukraine and Russian borders.  That ought to scare the hell out of Putin.  Of course, it will not.  Biden might as well threaten to put a troop of Boy Scouts at the California shore.  That is not to be taken as an insult to our men and women in the military, but to illustrate just how much good those troops will do the Ukrainian people – and how much they will deter Putin.  There is no threat … zero … nada … to the borders of the Baltic NATO nations at this time.

What Biden has handed to Putin is a guarantee that no American or NATO troops will set foot in Ukraine.  There will be no air support.  There will not even be a THREAT of military response – the only threat that may have been effective – but now even that is too late.  

Biden – on three occasions – has intimated that the American/NATO response could be tempered by an incursion instead of an invasion – a distinction without a difference.  The White House and the State Department corrected those statements.  However … it is difficult to believe that after three mentions that Biden was not signaling Putin.  Even Biden cannot be that non-compos mentis. Hmmmm.

For the months that Putin has been building his invasion army, Biden has only issued repeated threats – none of which have deterred Putin’s actions.

If Putin does invade, it will be too late for sanctions to work.  After months of arguably idle threats, Putin will have calculated them into his decision.  Once he invades, the threats are no longer a deterrence.  In fact, the entire Biden approach will have been a tragic and abysmal failure – with dangerous repercussions to Ukraine and the western world.  

The United States – oft claimed to be the most powerful nation in the world with the most powerful military – will AGAIN be shown up as a paper tiger by a tinhorn dictator ruling over a second-tier nation.

It is often said that in times of crisis and need, America finds the right leadership.  That old saying is proving to be as meaningless as the bragging about our military power.  Sadly, we the people have chosen possibly the worst possible person to lead the nation at this time — the impotent Mr. Biden.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Ben

    Larry,

    Unspecified sanctions is a very common and deliberate diplomacy tactic. If a head of state says, if you commit an act of war I will ________ ( fill in the blank). That entrenches the head of state to this actions. What if a Nation’s power grid is sabotaged via computer hacking ? Is that an act of war? Would a completely unrelated country be justified in bombing a second unrelated Nation because they “think” that Nation committed this acts?

    No! You don’t commit to a verbal game of chicken that can spiral out of control.

    Think of it this way, your kid’s friend ( little timmy) , while at another friend’s house for dinner, used the wrong silver fork to eat their salad, and you say, “ if you don’t use the correct silver utensil to eat your salad next time you are at your friend’s house I will ground from your XBox for a month.” And then you get word that little Timmy used the wrong silver spoon this time, you HAVE to punish him as you said you were, even if it has nothing to do with you. That’s just not good policy.

    How about you quit advocating for War and enjoy the sunset from your ivory tower.