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Who said Biden united NATO?

Who said Biden united NATO?

Try as they might, the leftwing press is having a hard time finding subjects by which they can praise President Biden.  They do try to say that the American economy is strong – low unemployment and decent economic growth.  But in the face of inflation, empty shelves, a shaky stock market, and employee shortages, that is not very convincing to the folks struggling in the real world.

One of the subjects for which Biden gets praise in hyperbolic superlatives is for uniting NATO behind the Ukraine war effort.  They even use specious comparisons to what they say was President Trump’s weakening of NATO.

The only change between Biden and Trump regarding NATO is that Biden talks nicer to the NATO allies.  Trump was rather belligerent and threatened to get the member-nations to meet their financial commitments to NATO.  And yes, he did make threats.  But …  Trump succeeded where the polite requests of his predecessors failed.  Style apart, Trump’s badgering strengthened NATO.  

Trump had complained about NATO’s reliance on Russian oil and opposed the Nord Stream Pipeline.  Biden reversed Trump’s policy and gave the pipeline the green light – making NATO more vulnerable to Russian aggression.  Biden weakened NATO.

So, what did Biden do to unite NATO?  Perhaps readers can help me because I cannot find anything specific.  

I would argue that he did nothing – but was generally behind the curve as NATO united in opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  THAT is what united NATO.  It was led by the NATO members that were at greatest risk of Russian expansionism – and had a history of Russian domination.  They were the once-called “captive nations” that were part of the Soviet-era Warsaw Pact – now members of NATO.  Such nations as Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.  

In carrying out his crazed ambitions, Vladimir Putin did more to unite and strengthen NATO than Biden on his best day.  The fact that now Finland and Sweden want to join NATO has everything to do with Putin and his dirty little war — and nothing to do with Biden.

At the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, not every member-nation was in total agreement on how to deal with Russia.  Germany was still holding back because of its foolish reliance on Russian oil.  Same with Italy.  Hungary was considered to be too friendly with Putin.  That is still the situation.  Nothing Biden did changed that significantly.

In many cases, Biden was holding back NATO.  Poland wanted to ship a bunch of NATO fighter jets to Ukraine, but it was Biden who put the kibosh on that proposal.

If Biden had any real influence on NATO actions, it may have been a negative one.  He did seem to lead NATO in giving Putin a green light by declaring that the United States would not fight against Russia with boots on the ground – or even planes in the air.  NATO leaders, such as France’s President Macron, said that was a mistake.  But NATO could not get involved over the opposition of the United States.

In many cases, NATO nations were ahead of Biden in imposing sanctions.  Initially, Biden sanctioned three oligarchs while Britain sanctioned 17.

One of the existential problems in addressing the Ukraine War has been Biden’s too-little-too-late sanctions and military aid.  At the onset of the invasion, he anticipated a quick victory for Putin.

In recent days, the Biden administration appears to be increasing sanctions and the delivery of military supplies – some of the types Biden refused to send in the past.  But again, he is reacting, not leading.

It seems those on the left hope to suffocate the truth with excessive praise.  In a sense, they doth praise too much.  Biden is just not the leader type.  He is one of those weathervane politicians that moves at the capriciousness of the winds of the moment.  Even his domestic agenda is succumbing to the leftwing Democrats.  They have been leading – and Biden responding.

Biden’s impact on NATO is far less than NATO’s influence on him.

So, there ‘tis.

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6 Comments

  1. Ben

    Biden couldn’t unite a circle jerk

    • PUREPURPLE

      Ben, I do very much agree! 👍

  2. Trebor Retsbew

    Now who said Biden reunited NATO. We could start with every world leader in NATO for a start. then a lot are blaming Inflation on Biden, when in fact the present inflation is the result of the COVID19 pandemic according to every monetary expert in this USA and the rest of the World. It is just amazing that everyone would blame only one person, when the inflation, is actually in every country which has had the COVID pandemic.

    • larry Horist

      Trebor Retsbew … Actually, I have not heard a single NATO leader crediting Biden with uniting NATO. I have heard it from the left-leaning media like Joe Scarborough and his panel of cronies. I have heard it from Lawrence O’Donnell. etc…etc. But not from the other heads of state. And even today, NATO is not unified on the overall picture. Little Estonia is sending more military supplies to Ukraine than Germany. I recent anti-Putin book was banned in Russia AND Germany. Italy is opposed to using oil as a weapon against Putin. Poland wants to send the MIGs to Ukraine and Biden says no. Hungary is laying low. NATO is fully committed to defending NATO, but not totally on board with Ukraine. Talk is cheap, but just look at the actions. Biden is upping the game a bit, but that is in response to pressure from other NATO nations and the American public. According to polls… most Americans think Biden is not doing enough.

  3. Joe

    Hidenbiden has been a year late and dollar short on every endeavor he has failed at. This senile,frail,old,puppet,fool, needs to be removed for total incompetence, he is out of touch with reality on everything. He is a danger to our country and allies, our national security is at risk, with the open border,allowing terrorists,and cartels to flood our country.with criminals. Since he won’t do the job he was elected for, he needs to be 25th’d with his incompetent, homeland security idiot, Myorkis. neither can do their job,remove immediately, or their will be a terror attack on American soil.

    • Ben

      Let’s let him ride ( hide) it out. We don’t need kumala in charge. Even with the up and coming red wave next fall the stupid bitch would find it way to screw America

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