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Situation ‘Normal’: State Dept. Predicts Russian Invasion of Ukraine as Biden Vows Block of Nord Stream 2

Looking back over the past 372 days — but who’s counting? — it’s almost like Joe Biden was determined to screw up as many critical issues facing America during his first year in office as he could. From killing the Keystone XL Pipeline project on Day One of his occupation of the Oval Office to the ongoing Biden Border Crisis, the Biden Afghanistan debacle, Bidenflation, and more, Joe has been on quite an “impressive” run.

In other words, situation “normal” for Joe Biden.

Speaking of Joe’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan — where an unknown number of American civilians remain purposely abandoned behind the lines of the most brutal terrorist organization on the face of the earth — one might have been tempted to assume that Biden, Blinken,and Co. surely couldn’t match or surpass that foreign policy dumpster fire, but it appears increasingly likely that that would have been a foolish assumption. After all, we are talking about Joe Biden here.

And as the Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to deteriorate on an almost hourly basis, Team Biden finds itself somewhere between a weak-as-hell paper tiger, laughed at and ridiculed in Moscow and Beijing daily, and an inept laughingstock on social media. Wait — let’s go with “all of the above.”

As we previously reported, with Biden all but inviting a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine. From White House press secretary Jen “Circle Back” Psaki being forced into yet another “Clean up on aisle 46!” moment in a frantic attempt to backhoe and fill in response to Joe’s stunning “invitation,” to CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert blasting the irresponsible comment — which Biden himself tried to “clear up” the next day — the Ukraine crisis is quickly becoming another Biden foreign policy disaster.

So, what’s Biden’s next move?

As reported by the New York Post, State Department spokesman Ned Price insisted Wednesday that if Russia does invade Ukraine — which the Department now predicts “shows every indication” of happening by “mid-February” —  the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline “will not move forward.” And, just to show how serious Joe is, he has “kicked out” 27 Russian diplomats from Washington, D.C.

Awesome. What could possibly go wrong?

For those of you playing along at home, Biden on Day One of his occupation of the Oval Office torpedoed the Keystone XL pipeline project, instantly killing more than 10,000 jobs — current and planned. Needless to say, with gas prices already soaring through the roof in part as a result, the abandonment of the $11 billion Nord Stream project could now send natural gas prices into the stratosphere, as noted by the Washington Times.

Brett Bruen, a former Obama administration foreign affairs specialist, says the current situation in Ukraine is playing out similarly to when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. “I’m seeing a lot of the same mistakes that we made back in 2014 replaying themselves again and again here,” the former diplomat told “On Balance” host Leland Vittert.

I’m seeing a lot of the same mistakes that we made back in 2014 replaying themselves again and again here. We talk about strong economic sanctions, and yet there’s no evidence that economic sanctions have changed the Kremlin’s calculus.

So we’ve got to start looking at other options. Too many on Biden’s team have not realized that the world has changed remarkably in the last several years.

[Putin’s] going to take the off-ramp, and then he’s going to accelerate down the highway. So we’ve got to come up with some real punishments that are going to make a difference.

Bruen is spot-on. Just like critics of Obama’s world apology tour were spot-on. Democrat presidents and congressional leaders have never understood that the world’s bad actors respect strength, not acquiesce. Resolve and determination — not a**-kissing and “obligatory” diplomatic niceties. Bottom line: Authoritative regimes have zero respect for American freedoms and liberty; they view both as foolish weaknesses.

And if Joe Biden isn’t the most foolish and weakest president in modern history, I have no idea who was.

When even Jimmy Carter lived long enough to learn that he was only the second-worst president in modern history, Corn Pop’s pal is truly in a league of his own.




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