After the media hounded President Trump out of office, we were told that the country would now be governed by “The adults in the room.” How’s that working out?
In only one year, President Biden has managed to cause massive inflation, engineer a humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan, allow illegal immigrants to flood our border and cause crime to surge in our cities.
But these policy disasters pale in comparison to his pandering to the climate change snake oil salesmen and their brainwashed acolytes. To mollify the adherents of this religion, he cancelled the Keystone Pipeline, placed the United States back into the Paris Accords (an international climate change treaty), prohibited oil drilling on federal lands, made it more difficult to receive permission to drill on private lands and even penalized financial institutions who lend to fossil fuel production companies. The result, the price of gasoline skyrocketed so he had to grovel to OPEC and Russia to increase oil supplies to protect his political hide. The United States was no longer energy independent.
Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin couldn’t believe his luck. Not only were President Biden and his fellow liberals trashing the United States in record time, the President even reversed President Trump’s policy of opposing the Nord Stream Pipeline, in which Russia would pocket huge cash reserves by pumping natural gas to Germany. President Biden’s military appointees even stated that climate change was the biggest threat to our national security!
Thugs can smell weakness. And Russian Premier Vladimir Putin is a thug. A former KGB agent, he has turned Russia into a hell hole, a cesspool of corrupt oligarchs protected by assassins and torturers. While life spans and income have improved slightly since the downfall of Communism, the typical Russian lives a life of quiet desperation, beholden for their livelihood to politically connected oligarchs.
Flush with cash from rising oil prices and emboldened by Biden’s fecklessness, Putin decided to pursue his dream of reconstituting the Soviet Empire. As armies and tanks converged on the Ukrainian border, Biden actually held a press conference and said there may be “a minor incursion” into Ukraine.
But this was not a “minor incursion.” 170,000 Russian troops with armored tanks and air cover invaded Ukraine and to the world’s astonishment, the Ukrainians are putting up a heroic fight. Putin responded by putting his army on nuclear alert.
Meanwhile, climate czar John Kerry – who owns a private jet and a massive gas-guzzling yacht – was concerned about the effect the war would have on climate change. Apparently nuclear bombs can cause an increased carbon footprint. But Czar Kerry is correct that climate change is an “existential threat” but not in the way he imagined. It is an existential threat because the implementation of the climate change agenda results in political instability that increases the chance of nuclear war – which we are now witnessing.
How this will play out remains to be seen but Putin has made two miscalculations. First, he underestimated the courage of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy who when our cowardly state department offered him safe passage responded “I don’t need a ride. I need more ammunition.” Secondly, he did not understand that the second most powerful weapon on the planet – after nuclear bombs – is the video camera.
When images of the barbaric Russian invasion went viral, Europe realized it could be next. There was a seismic shift in public opinion. In Berlin, over 100,000 Germans paraded on the streets to support the Ukrainians. Chancellor Olaf Scholz pirouetted 180 degrees from his previous pacifism to supporting a no-fly zone for Russian aircraft over German airspace while promising to supply the Ukraine with anti-tank Javelin missiles and anti-aircraft Stingers. Other countries followed suit.
The Russian currency, the ruble, has been frozen from the international banking system causing the Russian stock market to tank, inflation and bank runs. Perhaps the Biden administration will have the courage to stop purchasing Russian oil, although it is unlikely as this would cause a politically unacceptable rise in gasoline prices. Russia has become an international pariah across the political spectrum.
But if Putin keeps playing the nuclear card, the United States and NATO may just back down. Policy leaders may conclude Ukraine is just not worth the risk of a nuclear confrontation.
The media are doing their best to protect President Biden from his incompetence, some even blaming President Trump. Perhaps the media have failed to notice that Trump is no longer president and has been banned by the Democratic Party-backing corporate stooges from Twitter and Facebook.
But it was President Biden whose weakness and policies ending energy independence caused Putin to strike. It’s on him. As President Obama famously said, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s [Biden] ability to [expletive deleted] things up.”