DAVID: If you're like me, you've been kind of wondering the last few days, watching Russia invade Ukraine. Trying to go about your business, go about your life. I feel bad, obviously for the Ukrainians. I blame Biden for messing up with Putin. There's a very good article from the Revolver today. It's called The Truth About the Ukraine.
Should we feel bad enough to intervene militarily? Has been the central question in the last six or seven days. Not to mention you can't verify 90% of the footage that's coming out of the country. So much of the footage that had initially come out in terms of death and destruction and other reporting has turned out not to be true.
So, it's been a struggle to kind of come to a conclusion, should we as American citizens be over there helping them out militarily? So, the Revolver comes out with this piece today and it's just excellent. I would highly recommend everyone read it and we'll include it, but it's entitled, The Truth About the Ukraine.
It starts off with, “Way back in 2016, President Obama said something that was surprisingly cogent and astute in an interview with The Atlantic. He says, 'Obama articulated that the American people are simply not willing to go to war in Ukraine. Ukraine is simply not a core American interest that is worth killing and dying over.'"
He quotes The Atlantic here, he says, "Obama's theory is simple. Ukraine is a core Russian interest, but not an American one. Sure, Russia will always be able to maintain escalatory dominance there, it's true." Obama was asked whether his position on Ukraine was realistic or fatalistic, and Obama said, quote, "It's realistic. This is an example of where we have to be very clear about what our core interests are and what we're willing to go to war for."
The country understands this, according to the Associated Press. Only a quarter of the country thinks that the United States should play a major role in the conflict. That was just a few days ago, whereas President Biden has argued that fundamental American values are at stake in Eastern Europe. Only a quarter of the country wants Biden or the United States to play a major role in Ukraine and Russia.
Going back to the Revolver piece, “A war on behalf of Ukraine would not be of any benefit to America or the American people. And Obama knew this surprisingly and understood this. Now, it would benefit neocons who are just flailing away, the Bill Crystals of the world. Having watched America recede from Afghanistan, they need a new conflict, both neocons and neoliberals.”
The Revolver piece continues. To his credit, Obama called out the duplicity of the neo-con and neoliberal warmongers later on in the information interview. Quote, "There are ways to deter, but it requires you to be very clear ahead of time. About what is worth going to war for and what is not. Now, if there is somebody in this town that would claim that we would consider going to war with Russia over Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, they should speak up and be very clear about it. The idea that talking tougher, engaging as some military action that is tangential to that particular area is somehow going to influence the decision-making of Russia or China, is contrary to all evidence we have seen over the last 50 years.”
That was Barack Obama in 2016. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Obama was right about that. The Ukraine crisis has now become the Russia-Ukraine War. We talked last week about how Biden could have stopped this.
The solution was right in front of him. He could have called Donald Trump down in Mar-a-Lago and said, what do I do? You somehow stopped Putin from doing this for five years without firing a shot? How'd you do it? How did you convince Putin to stand down? There's been some Twitter chatter about how Trump whispered in Putin's ear and said, look, if you make a move on Ukraine, I'll turn Moscow into rubble.
Maybe that's true. Maybe Putin said, "I don't know what Trump's going to do, but I know what Biden's going to do, nothing. So far Biden has resisted the calls for escalation and there have been plenty of them. Even among some conservatives, there are plenty of calls to get him involved, but he won't.
And I'll tell you why. Number one, the country opposes it. And he knows that. Number two, Trump prevented it for four plus years, so Biden is not going to send troops into a conflict knowing that three quarters of the country opposes him. On top of that, Trump was successful at preventing a conflict without firing a shot.
The other reason he won't send any troops is because he wants his generals and his military complex to be focused on woke training. Which you know plenty about, but, they've gone full woke over at the Pentagon. That's what Biden and his team are doing, assuming Biden is awake for some of these decisions. That's what he wants the Pentagon to focus on. That wasn't the case, even as far back as 2019, where Biden was barking at Russia and Putin. We'll play this cut.
BIDEN: "Once again Putin and the Russians are trying to engage in our elections and decide who the President is going to be. And this time, I'm the object of their attention because Putin knows if I am President of the United States, his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate the United States and those in Eastern Europe are over. I'm going to stand up to him. He's a bully, just like the President. And I know he doesn't want me to be President, but to tell you what, when I'm President things are going to change. Mr. Putin, the American people decide their elections, not you.”
DAVID: Ooh, tough talk from candidate Joe Biden from his basement. Remember those videos from his basement, poor audio on the zoom calls, good times. Now, thank God, Biden has not followed through on some of that campaign rhetoric. You remember in the middle of that, he said, Putin doesn't want Biden to be President. Well, actually, I would think the exact opposite. I think Putin definitely wanted Biden to be President. Now, Putin can do what you're seeing now.
Getting back to the Revolver piece, it says, “President Biden and NATO have already acknowledged the reality that America and NATO are not willing to send in any troops to battle Russia. Further attempts at deterrence via sanctions have been clumsy and uneven.” Ain't that the truth. Why are we buying a drop of oil from Vladimir Putin and Russia?
We have doubled our oil imports from Russia. Compared to last year, doubled. We shouldn't be buying a single barrel from these guys and we don't have to. It's totally unnecessary. But here we are because we don't want to produce our own stuff or at least Biden doesn't. And Biden wants to turn the American energy economy into a totally green climate crisis, preventing energy.
He doesn't want to have anything to do with oil or gas. He doesn't want to have anything to do with the United States oil or gas. He'll buy it from Russia apparently, but he does not want the United States to produce its own. The Revolver piece concludes, “It says we will count it as a minor miracle. If a rapidly aging Biden continues to resist the calls from a foreign policy establishment that is always looking for new places to throw away American lives.”
The piece is absolutely correct. I think we're lucky politically. It is to Biden's disadvantage that we enter into a conflict with Russia. We're kind of lucky in the sense that Biden can do nothing right. And his approval ratings suck. He knows that they'll just go totally in the tank if he engineers a conflict that his predecessor was successful at preventing.
So. he won't do it, thank God. But he talked tough and he embarrassed us on the international stage because Putin just stiff-armed him and the sanctions don't seem to be affecting Putin in any way, shape, or form, as of right now. And we're still buying Putin's oil.
So, we're just totally inconsistent with the sanctions. The Revolver called him clumsy. That's putting it mildly. “I sit in the wake of Biden's failures. It is tempting for Republicans to embrace foreign policy belligerence and become rabid dogs barking for the head of Vladimir Putin. But conservatives, the American people must not fall into this trap. Strength does not consist of starting stupid fights. That hurts our country.”
Absolutely correct. Good policy is good policy no matter who's making it. We don't need to start conflicts with Russia to own libs. Those are lives at stake. So, we're going to have to wait this one out. Hopefully, this resolves itself. Just know that the only reason Putin did this is because he knew Biden would not stop him.
He seemed to fear Trump or fear what Trump would do to Russia if he had tried. And that was a quiet determination that Trump exhibited on the international stage. Reagan did the same thing with Gorbachev, let's hope Biden just doesn't make a fatal error. By fatal, I mean, not politically, it would be a political disaster for him and for the safety of American troops and safety of American lives.
Let's hope he doesn't make a silly irrational decision to send troops over into Ukraine.