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Zelenskyy makes Biden look weak

Zelenskyy makes Biden look weak

There is an old showbiz saying that you never wanted to follow an act with children or dogs.  You just cannot do well by comparison.  In a way, that is what President Biden faced when he decided to follow Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to Congress in what essentially represented a public response.

First of all, Biden is no match for Zelenskyy in terms of stagecraft – or statecraft.  Besides which, Biden did not have a good message compared to Zelenskyy.  In the most impressive and eloquent terms, Zelenskyy laid out the needs of Ukraine – and what is at stake in his nation’s battle with the maniacal Vladimir Putin.  Biden gave an “aw gee, I wish we could help more” response.

The juxtaposed speeches were so obvious a mismatch it is a wonder that Biden – and his advisors – would have thought it a good idea for the American President to follow Zelenskyy.  No wartime head-of-state has proven to be more durable, more persuasive and more impressive than Zelenskyy – with the possible exception of Britain’s Winston Churchill.

Of course, Zelenskyy has the sympathy and support of the civilized world. He is the guy facing down the Madman of Moscow.  It is his cities being bombed … his people dying.  It is Zelenskyy who is under a shoot-to-kill order from Putin.

Apart of the settings in which the two leaders find themselves — and the painfully obvious disparity in speaking ability — Zelensky also wins on substance.  The Ukraine leader was powerful and specific in his request for existential support from the United States – support that is solely in the hands of Biden.  If it were up to Congress or a plebiscite of the American people, it is likely all of Zelenskyy’s requests would have been honored – and then some.  The calls for Biden to do a lot more are overwhelming and bipartisan.

Zelenskyy gave Biden the obligatory compliments, but the reasonable request of the Ukrainian leader and the continued rejections by Biden undermine our President’s words of support – those “we got your back” statements.

To be fair, the Biden administration had imposed significant sanctions on Russia and Russian oligarchs – but he did not lead on this issue.  Initially, Biden sanctioned three oligarchs at the same time Britain sanctioned 17.  Biden never hit Putin with the full range of available sanctions at the beginning of the invasion – as he had promised.  There are still sanctions left to be imposed.

Biden is providing weapons that have already been financed by Congress in a $13 billion Ukrainian aid package.  In his speech, Biden said he was sending up to $1 billion of that money.

Biden is either convinced – or at least wants the American people to be convinced – that giving Zelenskyy a few planes and declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine is the opening gambit of a third world war.  That is so ridiculous that it is hard to imagine that Biden would actually believe such nonsense.

The essential role for America and NATO is NOT to slow down the Russian war machine – gain a stalemate ceasefire — but to actually WIN the war.  And what does that look like?

It means Putin completely withdraws from Ukraine – including the Donbas Regions and the Crimea.  It means the Russia pays reparations for the damage it has done to Ukraine.  And Ukraine moves forward with its applications to NATO and the European Union.  That is what the defeat of Putin looks like.  Anything less is a victory for Russian despot.

The White House, the Pentagon and the news media all assure the people that America has, by far, the most powerful military in the world.  Combine that with NATO and there is no nation – or combination of nations that even come close.  And they are correct.

It is also being reported that the Russian military has been over assessed for years.  They cannot even conquer Ukraine.  Their equipment is faulty.  Their strategies flawed.  And the military command is corrupt.  They are running out of supplies.

So … Biden seems to want us to believe that we have reason to fear escalation of the war.  We are to try to work out a deal in which Putin gets at least a face-saving concession – a victory.

In this juxtaposition of Zelenskyy and Biden at this seminal moment, we see an admirable and courageous fighter for the free world — a man with surprising nobility and strength — against an aging, appeasing, weak leader – going only so far as events push him.  A man whose dedication to liberty and justice for Ukraine is mostly lip service, symbolic gestures, and insufficient responses – too little and too late. 

Watching Biden take to the dais after Zelenskyy was sad.  The Ukrainian President was inspiring and dynamic.  The American President is pathetic and embarrassing.  One was strong and the other weak.  We can only hope that the people of Ukraine – with the support that has been given – will be sufficient to DEFEAT the Russian military.  And more support from America would help.

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.

16 Comments

  1. john

    anyone with a brain could make biden look weak !the only thing thats strong on biden is his nose !!!

    • Micala

      Absolutely…and the lack of grey matter between his ears! I’ve had kindergarteners who could put a sentence together faster than that ole Fart! You can call him that after he loudly tooted in front of the U.K.’s leader at a meeting on TV! Wow! What class! He’s not only embarrassing to our Nation, but DISGUSTING AND PATHETIC!

      What were those corrupt democrats thinking that installed that old worthless POS to our White House?

      Do you notice, hardly anyone refers to biddyboy Biden as president? He’s certainly NOT my president but nothing but a piece of statuary in the White House. No one I know across the U.S. voted for that Fart and everyone in the key states said DJT was going to win because no one there is voting for the old Fart either! Yet….there is so much more to this big picture that most Americans do not know.

      The important thing to remember is that the Deluded and highly Destructive Democrat party “INSTALLED” (not voted) a LOSER into our Presidency that has caused World 🌎 damage and is incapable of a complete thought!! THEY DID THIS TO AMERICA/WORLD AND NOT ONE DEMOCRAT SHOULD EVER BE ELECTED TO ANY OFFICE AGAIN!!

      • Harold blankenship

        Lack of gray matter for the idiots who support the old fool

  2. Phineas barnum

    Interesting we don’’t hear much about Zelensky’s alleged autocratic actions. No way to easily determine if it’s true or just more propaganda, but I just saw a clip this a.m. where a Fox News correspondent recounted how Zelensky had silenced some rather significant groups who expressed opposition to his actions?

    Begs the question, “Where do we go for the truth and the whole truth?”

    • Poorgrandchildren

      You certainly won’t find any truth coming from the leftstream media. They are mere propagandists for whichever stupid program the leftists are pushing at any given time.

    • Micala

      You certainly can’t go to biddyboy Biden! His brain is so out to lunch that he doesn’t know how to dress himself! He’s lucky he has Jill to put those clothes on him!

      Zelensky is trying to run a Country that is literally fighting for its life! Biden can only make his toilet run — if he can even find it!

      FYI: If DJT was put back in the W.H., I guarantee that Psycho Putin would be withdrawing his troops mega fast AND making apologies to the Ukraine, etc. But this whole scenario you can place firmly on the Democrat’s shoulders for ILLEGALLY INSTALLING A FEEBLE MINDED, INCOMPETENT POS AS OUR PRESIDENT! Those responsible need to be found and put in front of a firing squad — one of our Southern states just brought back the firing squad as an elective for punishment for criminals!

      I think those democrats that caused this disaster should have a taste of that firing squad, don’t you?
      Maybe next time that group of retards decides to pull a stunt like they did in 2020, a quick Firing Squad reminder might change their minds!

      • Ben

        So, this micala is calling for the democrats to he put to death by execution. She wants them in front of the firing squad.

        I hope your wishes are returned ten-fold.

        • Joe Gilbertson

          Makes me surprisingly open to suggestion…

    • larry Horist

      If the things you head are true, they need to be put into some perspective. War almost always creates a necessity to limit personal freedoms — even constitutional rights. Sometime for good … sometimes not so good. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the civil war … Roosevelt sent Japanese Americans to concentration camps. We often see summary executions carried on on authority of military commanders. In war zones, marshal law is regularly imposed — which suspends a number of normal rights, such as a right of assembly or mobility. I have look at the issue in Ukraine and see nothing that alarms me in view of the circumstances.

  3. WT

    Biden doesn’t need anyone to make him look weak (and stupid). He does that extremely well on his own!

    • Tommie

      AMEN!!!!!

  4. Tommie

    My pet rock makes Brandon look weak!!!!

  5. john

    we dont need to be reminded of bidens weakness, the only thing hes strong at is sniffing comunist ass ,and and others !

  6. Paul

    Biden does not require any help to look weak since he is weak all on his own.

  7. Ben

    But you can’t prove the big lie. Who’s weak and stupid now? He did it Nd there’s nothing you can do but whine like this.

  8. bobm

    No, Larry, Wrong AGAIN! BIDEN IS WEAK. No foil necessary to make that assessment.