For example, the Biden administration’s foreign policy in regards to the Russo-Ukrainian war is a Keystone Cops operation.
The Red Flag of NATO’s Open Door PolicyThe expansion of NATO has been a top security concern of Russia since the demise of the Soviet Union. Yet the Biden administration publicly dangled NATO membership for Ukraine while not giving the Ukrainians any security guarantees.
On Jan. 26, during the Russian military buildup along Ukraine’s border, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that “there will be no change to Washington’s support for Ukraine’s right to pursue NATO membership.”
No Apparent DeterrenceThe Russian military buildup provided indications and warnings that were sufficient for the Biden administration to choose to evacuate the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv on Feb. 14—just 10 days prior to the Russian invasion. But the embassy should have been kept open as a strong statement on the defense of Ukrainian sovereignty as part of a blunt warning to Moscow of a certain U.S. response to any invasion or “special military operation.”
Did President Joe Biden pick up the phone and warn Russian President Vladimir Putin about the consequences before making the decision to close the embassy? Unlikely. Weakness—a feature of the Biden administration’s diplomacy—is not a deterrent.
Hydrocarbon Policy HypocrisyFrom Inauguration Day last year onward, the Biden administration’s green policies have driven the price of oil to over $100 per barrel (and climbing) by shutting down U.S. domestic production through a series of executive orders:
- Terminating the Keystone XL pipeline.
- Freezing permits for oil exploration on federal lands.
- Implementing new regulations aimed at eliminating fracking in the United States.
- Shutting down oil exploration and production in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).
Oil OptionsBiden announced that the United States would ban crude oil from Russia on March 8—the same day that the average price of gasoline in the United States “hit a record $4.17 per gallon.”
Iran DealA worst-kept secret—perhaps the Biden administration’s top foreign policy priority—is restoring and “improving” former President Barack Obama’s non-treaty Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran.
Another reversal of Trump policy, this action—when completed through negotiations in Vienna—will be tantamount to providing Iran an expedited pathway to develop a nuclear device. And incredibly enough, the Russians are key players in the negotiations, with Russian diplomat Mikhail Ulyanov essentially running the show.
The deal could also actually end up lifting sanctions on the Iranian Republican Guard Corps, which is the primary means by which Iran supports terrorists throughout the Middle East. Sanctions will also be lifted on the Central Bank of Iran and the National Development Fund. Both were sanctioned under U.S. counterterrorism authorities for providing billions of dollars to the IRGC, the Quds Force, and Hezbollah—all of which still fund terrorism.
Polish MIG-29sSpeaking of “slow-rolling,” how about the tragicomedy involving the Polish MIG-29s?
Not so fast, said a Polish spokesman from the prime minister’s office, who dismissed “reports” that Poland would provide aircraft to Ukraine.
Then, on March 8, Poland announced a plan to transfer all of its MIG-29 aircraft “free of charge” to Ramstein AFB in Germany, with the assumption that the United States would ship those aircraft to Ukraine. The Pentagon then announced later that same day that the Polish plan was “untenable.”
Playing the (Nonexistent) China CardPerhaps the most feckless and absurd of the machinations of the Biden administration was the attempt to try to get communist China to “help” in forestalling the Russian invasions. That would be the same China that many Americans recognize to be an existential threat to the United States, and which has been angling to replace America as the world’s leader for years.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley—among others—said she was “mortified” by this action, stating: “You can’t trust Xi. You can’t trust China. … You never ask an enemy for help with another enemy.”
ConclusionThere was no aggressive Biden administration plan to deter the Russian invasion of Ukraine, nor were there any pre-planned responses after the invasion started. The U.S. diplomatic chaos on the world stage is embarrassing.
The behind-the-scenes actions in restoring Obama’s JCPOA with Iran—and removing almost all sanctions against Iran with the help of the Russians—are against America’s best interests and will reignite the flames of Iranian-backed aggression in the Middle East.
Lastly, Washington’s kowtowing to Beijing in order to solicit Xi’s assistance in preventing the Russian invasion is the ultimate Keystone Cops action. The Chinese Communist Party must be having a good laugh at America’s expense.