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In today’s news: Russia moves on Kyiv as west imposes sanctions. As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea. In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site. The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds. After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.
In the news: Russia moves into the Ukraine while Biden sleeps. Overnight, Russia began their invasion of the Ukraine during the night while most of America slept. Apparently the red lines, sanctions and threats of economic disaster did nothing to deter Putin. Biden’s apparent weakness and flip-flopping gave Putin the opening he was looking for. The western nations have ‘widely’ condemned this move, not unanimously, just widely. Apparently there is no consensus or agreement in Nato or anywhere in the west on what to do in response and as time moves on, Putin fearlessly moves further in. It would have been easier if Biden just said, “Ok, you can just have the Ukraine” saving the people of Ukraine from chaos and bloodshed and saving the the world from economic distress. Markets are diving, energy prices are sky rocketing and as we are all now preoccupied with eastern Europe, no one is paying attention to the more important issues such as immigration, inflation and all the stuff that affects our everyday lives. Most people don’t know where the Ukraine is let alone know what this is all about. Update: Markets up at close after deep dive at open. What’s going on here? This incursion into the Ukraine by Russia is a local issue and will not effect the world economy as the world leaders proclaimed. Why does no one believe or trust their leaders and follow them like blind sheep? Biden, Trudeau, the rest are no longer believable.
In the news: Putin makes his move into eastern Ukraine and Biden stomps his feet and runs for cover. Russian parliament approves emergency powers for Putin to use military force outside the country and he makes his move into the breakaway regions in the east. So what does our feckless President do, he turns red, stomps his feet and cancels the proposed summit meeting which was intended to bring a peaceful settlement to the conflict. Why did he do this? Basically, he has nothing to bargain with other than a few insignificant sanctions which are for the most part meaningless unless other countries do the same. Even NATO appears to be in disarray with no firm agreement on how to confront Putin. The foot stomping and huffing and puffing sounds like a hillbilly hoedown on a Saturday night. Putin has raised the stakes and changed the dynamics of any negotiations in which he will have the upper hand in dealing with a weak United States and a confused Europe. Russia just signed two major coal deals with China and India making any impact of sanctions irrelevant. Kamala’s failure in dealing with Putin has only been replaced with a more laughable Joe who has no idea what to do. Ok, why does the White House keep ‘warning’ us about what Russia plans to do. Is Biden waiting for the US public to demand that he starts WW3 or is the administration looking for sympathy? He alone screwed us with the stroke of his pen. Out of control immigration at the border, highest energy prices in 40 years, inflation at an all time high, foreign policy beyond his control, just to name a few. Do we want to fight a war over Ukraine? NO! That boat has sailed and Biden has missed the launch. You may ask, ‘how did we het here?’. We are here because some did not like mean tweets or believed the lies and hoaxes perpetuated by the left, the main stream media and democrats who crave nothing more than their own wealth and power.
In the news: Russian troops on the ground in the Ukraine. Apparently a third of the people in the Ukraine relate more to Russia than the west and they are apparently calling these ‘breakaway’ areas. In the name of ‘self-determination’ Putin has sent in troops to ‘keep the peace’. So, before Biden and Putin even meet at their proposed summit, the shrewd political chess player has added a few more bargaining chips to his arsenal. What does this mean? When he eventually does meet with Biden to negotiate a peaceful outcome, Putin will get what he wants by giving what he didn’t have yesterday. That is, parts of the Ukraine that he now controls.
In the news: Biden agrees to meet with Putin. Looks like there is a strong possibility that after Kamala’s failure on the world stage, Joe will finally make an appearance. With her foot stomping, red lines and threats, Vladimir didn’t even flinch.
In the news: Zelenskyy urges more action by Western leaders. Boris Johnson says that Russia is planning ‘the biggest war in Europe since 1945’, Nato chief says ‘launch an attack on Ukraine without any warning at all’, world markets are suffering a massive sell-off and Kamala meets with Ukraine’s Zelenskyy and makes more threats. Where is President Biden? He is likely hiding somewhere and may not have a clue what is going on. The Western leaders are rattling their sabres and Kamala is drawing the proverbial red line which as we have seen before is nothing more than stomping our feet and saying don’t do that. Putin is shrewd and knows full well that we do not want a war in the Ukraine. He will show his strength and demonstrate his preparedness and willingness to go to war to accomplish his goals. This is not a chess game where eventually someone will exits as the winner but a standoff and test of nerves and resolve. Will Joe and Kamala thrust us into another useless war that benefits no one but has huge costs or we constantly move the red line back until Putin accepts our acquiescence.
In the news: VP warns Putin US would respond to Ukraine invasion with ‘unprecedented’ actions. My intial reaction to this headline is ‘Where is the President?’. Shouldn’t the head of state, the leader of the most powerful country in the world be the one who ‘warns’ Vladimir with the unprecedented actions? After all, during his tenure as Vice President under Obama, many threats were made against Vladimir including the ‘warning’ not to cross the proverbial ‘red line’. As I see it, Vladimir must be shaking in his boots and will likely remove all the troops and tanks in time to attend church tomorrow to atone for his sins. The VP who usually is giggling about this or that and doing a very poor job of handling all of her assignments is now managing our response to Russia’s actions against the Ukraine. Empty threats and shallow warnings from a weak President and a joke for a Vice President will do little or nothing to deter Russian colonialism in the Ukraine.
These are two toughies in a standoff. Who will budge first.