President Joe Biden walked back a statement saying that Russian President Vladamir Putin “could not remain in power” and the United States wouldn’t be directly involved in the conflict in war in Ukraine. This makes just one of several times the White House has had to walk back Biden’s statements on foreign policy.
Biden’s campaign boasted his foreign policy history and effectiveness. His own website states, “Joe Biden laid out his foreign policy vision for America to restore dignified leadership at home and respected leadership on the world stage.” The website also states that, “Our policies at home and abroad are deeply connected.”
Both of those statements are false. Biden isn’t respected on the world stage and Biden treats Ukraine much better than he treats the U.S., particularly on the issue of border security.
The president says that the U.S. won’t get involved in the conflict as long as Americans and U.S. allies aren’t attacked. That’s certainly a good decision, but it’s concerning that Biden couldn’t have said that from the beginning. Biden also said that the U.S. will continue to provide military, humanitarian, and financial support for Ukraine.
That’s a dangerous game to play. The U.S. is facing an economic crisis as gas prices in some areas cost more per gallon than hourly minimum wage.
In an op-ed for the New York Times, Biden said that the U.S. will be sending military aid, to include anti-tank missiles and precision rockets, in a $700 million package for the Ukrainian government. Where’s the $40 billion that we already sent? Was that not enough?
Meanwhile, Russia has held nuclear drills near Moscow and the Kremlin warned that Biden is “adding fuel to the fire” even though Biden said that Ukraine couldn’t use the rockets to strike inside of Russia.
Antony Blinken gave reassurances that Ukraine was going to abide by the rules. Blinken said, “The Ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on Russian territory. There is a strong trust bond between Ukraine and the United states as well as with our allies and partners. I’d also say that throughout this aggression, indeed even before, President Biden was very clear with President Putin about what the United States would do if Russia proceeded with its aggression, including continuing to provide security assistance that Ukraine needs to defend itself against the Russian aggression.”
It would be reasonable to see Biden make good on his promise that foreign and domestic policy go hand in hand and begin protecting the U.S. just as much as he protects Ukraine.