President Joe Biden recently held a press conference in Brussels. Included was the kind of outburst we’ve come to expect from the “adults” that make up the administration.
Biden’s staff has done everything they can to keep him on script. The problem is that Biden doesn’t remember directions so well these days, and went wildly off script, completely blindsiding his entire administration by saying the opposite of what they’ve claimed for weeks.
Biden was asked, “What makes you think Vladimir Putin would alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?”
“Let’s get something straight: If you remember, if you’ve covered me from the very beginning, I did not say that, in fact, the sanctions would deter him. Sanctions never deter. You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter. The mainten… the maintenance of sanctions, increasing the pain, and the demonstration of why I asked for this NATO meeting today is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month … but for the remainder of this entire year.”
It’s been made very clear that the point of sanctions on Russia is to deter them from invading or continuing to invade Ukraine. In February, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The purpose of the sanctions in the first instance is to try to deter Russia from going to war.”
While this has, in fact, been the stated goal of sanctions, this strategy clearly hasn’t worked at all. More ground has been lost in Ukraine since sanctions began, and their impact on Russia’s foreign policy decisions in Ukraine remain unclear.
“The president believes that sanctions are intended to deter. And in order for them to work … they have to be set up in a way where if Putin moves, then the costs are imposed,” said U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan to a room full of reporters.
John Kirby, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, said, “I think we’ve been clear with [Russian President Vladimir Putin] about the economic consequences that could come his way and the way of the Russian people should he further invade inside Ukraine. And one of the things about sanctions is once you trip them, then the deterrent effect is lost.”
It seems that Biden is the only person in his entire administration that isn’t in the loop.
Outside of sanctions, there are a lot of things the world should be concerned about. Russia and Ukraine provide large contributions to the global food supply through crops and fertilizer.
During the same press conference, Biden said, “We both talked about how we can increase and disseminate more rapidly food shortages [sic].” What’s that supposed to mean? That had to have come out wrong.
Biden also said that he “expected” China to help Russia invade Ukraine. So why did Biden’s administration give China information about Russia’s invasion? It turns out that China turned around and gave that information to Russia.
Worst of all, Biden almost gave up strategic information about his overseas adventures, saying, “I plan on attempting to see those folks. As well as I hope I’m going to be able to see… oh, I guess I’m not supposed to say where I’m going, am I? I hope to get to see … a lot of people.”
Keep in mind that Biden used to be vice president of the United States. How did America think this was a good idea?