President Biden Allows Minor Invasion of Ukraine
President Biden at his second press conference of his administration today surpassed his typical oratory gaffes by allowing Moscow’s dictator Putin the option of launching merely a minor invasion of Ukraine with minor retribution rather than a massive one with apocalyptic consequences for Russia.
What, you may be wondering?
For at least a half a year Moscow has been visibly mobilizing an army of more than 150,000 soldiers and accompanying tanks and artillery on Ukraine’s border, threatening a third invasion after the first in Crimea and the second in Donbas in 2014.
The free world huffed and puffed and promised severe recriminations if Russia fulfilled its promise to invade if it didn’t receive guarantees that Ukraine will never be allowed to join NATO.
Guarantees aren’t forthcoming while Russian threats are as the red carpet for Russian soldiers had been rolled out be the White House.
By now it must be obvious that Russia will cross Ukraine’s border again in order to seize, occupy and subjugate more Ukrainian territory and people. And President Biden almost offhandedly admitted that Moscow will create an international incident worthy of condemnation by the free world and the United Nations by doing so.
“My guess is he will move in. He has to do something,” Biden said of Putin’s intention at the press conference.
But then he couched his view of Putin’s possible actions in a vague gradation of minor to major invasion levels as if the amount of Ukrainian blood shed or territory seized doesn’t make a difference in the long run.
“Russia will be held accountable if it invades,” Biden repeated his often stated but undefined warning — adding that consequences would depend on whether Moscow committed a “minor incursion” or a more severe advance.
For two venial sins, please say two Our Fathers and two Hail Marys.
For fighting during recess, you’ll stay 30 minutes after school.
All Putin and his generals now have to do is outline an invasion that the American President can only characterize as minor but will still have the imperial impact of occupying more Ukrainian territory and imprisoning more Ukrainian men, women and children.
Former captive nations officials as well as The Torn Curtain 1991 have opposed post-invasion sanctions, noting that the full weight of the free world’s opposition to Moscow’s continuing aggression must be demonstrated before the Russian army crosses the Ukrainian border.
Biden’s characterization of potential Moscow aggression against Ukraine as potentially “minor” drew immediate anger from Republicans, including Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who recently visited Ukraine with a congressional delegation.
In a statement, Portman said: “Any incursion by the Russian military into Ukraine should be viewed as a major incursion because it will destabilize Ukraine and freedom-loving countries in Eastern Europe.”
To be fair, later the White House sought to whitewash Biden’s lapsus linguae, saying that any Russian aggression would be met with “decisive, reciprocal, and united” action.
“If any Russian military forces move across the Ukrainian border, that’s a renewed invasion, and it will be met with a swift, severe, and united response from the United States and our allies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, noting Russia’s frequent deployment of “aggression short of military action” like cyberattacks and paramilitary hits.
President Biden has said that he believes Putin doesn’t want a full-blown war in Ukraine which is an odd statement considering what’s happening in Donetsk and Luhansk.
Sadly, at this point it doesn’t matter. President Biden stumbled into allowing Moscow to invade Ukraine — minor or major degree notwithstanding. Was the invasion of Crimea a minor or major act of war? Was the invasion of eastern Ukraine a minor or major act of war? Was the subjugation of Eastern Europe a minor or major act of war?
Ukrainians will defend their independent Ukraine homeland with or without the United States. The people and soldiers will shed their blood until the last drop. And minstrels will memorialize of the nation’s heroism for future generations.
Thank you, President Biden.