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After A Year Of Challenges – A New One
By any measure I don’t think this President has had a good first year. (Though yesterday Rasmussen reported his approval number up to 45%. You may recall we expected the uptick when he came off the strong job report and week.) Now though, comes the big foreign policy issue. How he handles this is vital to his personal standing, the party, elections upcoming and world stability. Putin’s move yesterday raised the stakes and the fire has begun.
Let’s look a little deeper.
First of all, we all know Putin’s desire.
His ultimate goal is nothing less than recapturing the power and reach of the Soviet Union before its collapse in 1991. He simply wants to put the Soviet Union back together. In fact he has called the collapse of it “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century.
He has wanted this since the day the old regime collapsed. It has burned in his soul, and today he sees enough weakness in the U.S. leadership and Woke NATO leaders to act.
Now here’s the question I have.
Remember the comment by President Biden about a “minor incursion” would be one thing? It makes me wonder if these two eastern areas of Ukraine are that “minor incursion” that we will allow him to make. Just like when Biden was VP the world allowed Crimea to happen. There is no doubt that Putin will get away with this.
The question is, does he stop here?
In his world Putin sees weakness and knows that leadership may well change in the U.S. and elsewhere so the time to act is now. He has a big decision to make.
Whether he stops here now or not, the lesson to the world is clear. We have fought two world wars because leaders like Putin thought territory belonged to them and in hopes of peace the world allowed them to march in and take it.
Where is the wall that the world stops Putin? Is it on the Ukrainian border when he decides Poland should be back? Or Romania?
Appeasement has proven to embolden men like Putin. The more he becomes embolden the bigger the risk to peace anywhere.
Now you will hear about the action Germany took to “reassess” the pipeline. That is a charade. You see, they have a planned reassess already in line this summer. Putin will laugh about that. The word is cancel, not reassess.
So now’s the time Mr President.
In 2020 while running for President you sent out a tweet when Putin said the two breakaway regions he is claiming now were independent. In it you said Mr Putin didn’t want you in the White House because you were going to go “toe to toe” with him.
In fact here is your quote:
“Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”
You also said: “I said, Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul. And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ This is who this guy is!”
For his part Putin last June on NBC said he did not recall that particular part of the conversation but added that “Biden probably has a good memory.”
Sounded like Mr. Putin was calling the President a fabricator.
Well, Mr. President, it’s time to stand up. Reagan brought them down when you said it was impossible. He’s trying to rebuild on your watch.
We’re watching and waiting.