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Biden Says He’s Not Walking Back Comments About Putin Staying in Power, Claims it was ‘Personal Outrage,’ Not Policy (VIDEO)

Cristina Laila
March 28th, 2022

Joe Biden on Monday outlined his 2023 budget proposal to Congress with his OMB Director Shalanda Young in tow.

Biden took some questions from reporters after his remarks.

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked Joe Biden if he regrets saying Russian President Vladimir Putin shouldn’t remain in power.

Joe Biden gave what the White House billed as a “major address” Saturday evening in Warsaw, Poland.

Biden closed his speech with what is either a policy change or a gaffe just like his comment on Friday to U.S. troops they were headed into Ukraine.

Biden said, “For God’s sake, this man [Putin] cannot remain in power.”

Biden’s handlers immediately went into clean up mode and ‘clarified’ Biden’s regime change remarks.

According to Axios and Washington Post, Biden’s last line calling for Putin to be taken out was not on his teleprompter.

So Dementia Joe just blurted it out and escalated tensions with a nuclear power for no good reason.

“Do you believe what you said that Putin can’t remain in power, or do you now regret saying that because your government has been trying to walk that back? Does you words complicate matters?” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell asked Biden.

Side note: Since when is the White House a separate entity from Joe Biden?

“I’m not walking anything back,” Biden said before admitting he has no control over his emotions. “I was expressing moral outrage I felt toward the way Putin is dealing… and the actions of this man – just brutality… half the children in Ukraine — but I want to make it clear, I wasn’t then nor am I now articulating a policy change..”

Biden said he ‘makes no apologies’ for expressing his ‘personal feelings’ on Putin.

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Putin: ‘New World Order’ Are Deliberately Crashing the Economy as Part of the ‘Great Reset’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai
March 18, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the ‘New World Order’ are deliberately creating economic hardships around the globe in order to push the ‘Great Reset’ on humanity.

During a speech that was broadcast live on Russian television, Putin also slammed Russian oligarchs fleeing to Israel as a “fifth column” of “national traitors” who view themselves as a “superior race” and “cannot make do without foie gras, oysters or gender freedom as they call it.”

“Any nation, and even more so the Russian people, will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like an insect in their mouth, spit them onto the pavement,” Putin said.

“I am convinced that a natural and necessary self-detoxification of society like this would strengthen our country, our solidarity and cohesion and our readiness to respond to any challenge,” he added.

Summit.news reports: The Russian president also directly addressed westerners who are being told by the legacy media that skyrocketing gas prices and other economic hardships are purely to blame on Putin.

“I want ordinary Western people to hear me, too,” Putin said. “You are being persistently told that your current difficulties are the result of Russia’s hostile actions and that you have to pay for the efforts to counter the alleged Russian threat from your own pockets. All of that is a lie.”

“The truth is that the problems faced by millions of people in the West are the result of many years of actions by the ruling elite of your respective countries, their mistakes, and short-sighted policies and ambitions. This elite is not thinking about how to improve the lives of their citizens in Western countries. They are obsessed with their own self-serving interests and super-profits.”

No doubt that very same elite will now cite Putin’s criticism of them as reason to assert they have the moral high ground.

Putin is now so roundly vilified, he is turning into some kind of mythical Emmanuel Goldstein figure onto which every crisis and catastrophe can be pinned by the regime.

General Flynn OpEd: “Here’s How We Can End The Ukraine Crisis Today”

Michael T Flynn
March 3rd, 2022

If you are not upset about what is happening in Eastern Europe, you are not paying enough attention to what is happening right here at home.

Everything is changing before our eyes. A war on our own soil is a very real possibility. Should this occur, what will you have done to try to prevent the war? Everyone talks about problems; what we need right now is solutions.

Like many across America, I am troubled by the Ukraine debacle — a totally avoidable situation, as I have already stated in a prior Op-Ed.

Think back in recent history to October and examine the Biden administration’s visit to Ukraine. Never mind researching the 1939 European borders or understanding the results of America’s war to defeat Naziism.

While you’re at it, consider the history of the Budapest Agreement, three identical political agreements signed at a conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Budapest, Hungary, on Dec. 5, 1994. It provided security assurances from its signatories related to the accession of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. (Look it up — we are all in violation of it.)

And let’s stop with the hypothetical question of what former President Donald Trump would do in this situation. The reality is that this crisis did not occur during his administration because of a variety of factors. Topping the list is demonstrated and strong leadership, so stop with the backward-looking questions and start with where we are right now.

In this piece, I want to offer an option. There are many — most are not good, and all will come with compromise and cost. However, without these, the real advent of a nuclear standoff — or worse, a nuclear exchange — is on the horizon. We can no longer kid ourselves about this reality. We have allowed ourselves to get to this avoidable point in history.

Background: It was a horrible mistake that Russian President Vladimir Putin made. He overestimated his popularity. While it is true that in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk he has about 51 percent support, in my assessment, he expected that level of support across the entire country of Ukraine. Clearly, that support never materialized.

Now Putin needs a safe way out. Hundreds of thousands of lives are being destroyed every day this continues. Something must be done to stop the death and ruination on both sides. Russians are dying by the scores as well, causing Putin more problems if he can’t get it under control quickly. There is an old saying: Better to deal with the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

First, let’s try to understand Vladimir Putin. He is not crazy, as the propaganda media is trying to portray him as now. He is behaving as he always does. The best example of Putin’s personality is the story of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his Super Bowl ring.

If you aren’t aware of the story, here goes: In 2005, Kraft met Putin. He took off the ring to show it to Putin, Putin admired it, and Kraft held out his hand to take it back. Putin put the ring in his own pocket and walked out, essentially stealing it. The White House insisted that Kraft said it was a gift, but many years later he told the true story of the theft of his ring.

Putin will do anything he can if he thinks he can get away with it. He will stop only when he thinks he cannot get away with it. It was why nothing ever happened when Trump was in power. He respected Trump and knew he couldn’t get away with anything. Now, under this feckless U.S. administration, Putin has seized his opportunity. He knows well what he can get away with.

He also believed (wrongly) that Ukraine would at least moderately support the invasion. If Ukraine did not welcome the Russians as heroes, Putin believed they would at least be tolerated. He and his advisers and generals have miscalculated badly.

There is an option that would give Putin an out. This option needs to be thoroughly analyzed and discussed. It gets Putin what he wants, affords Ukraine a unique and long-term security opportunity, allows Europe and the world to take a deep breath, and can stop this madness along with the horrible killing taking place on both sides (and this may only be the beginning).

I believe the key to unlocking this crisis is the Budapest Agreement.

As smart readers will remember, when the Soviet Union broke up after decades of the now-distant Cold War, Ukraine had more nuclear weapons than China and was the third-biggest nuclear power in the world.

Among other critical issues, the Budapest Agreement stipulated that Ukraine would give up its nuclear weapons if both Russia and the U.S. agreed not to invade it. That is the basic agreement. Putin is in gross violation of this agreement, which affords the U.S. (and select European nations) the opportunity to enforce it. But this is only a starting point to a broader conversation about a peaceful solution.

The real conversation goes like this.

Part One: Russia wants a neutral Ukraine. The Budapest Agreement can be considered an agreement of neutrality. Obviously, if Russia adheres to the agreement, then Ukraine doesn’t need to join NATO. And NATO can agree that having Ukraine join would be a violation of the Budapest accord. This is something that I believe Putin would seriously consider (and possibly accept), and it meets half of his demands. This gives him a way out without killing more people.

Part Two: Putin wants Ukraine to renounce any claim to Crimea. Ukraine should agree, with a major caveat.

Putin argues that Crimea was unlawfully given to Ukraine in the 1950s and, true or not, he wants it back. Well, Ukraine will never get Crimea back under any conditions without a major war. Most don’t realize it, but Putin is popular in Crimea and there is a strong attachment to Russia in the region, so it is a loss to Ukraine, but not a substantial loss. (That is the reality of global geopolitics.)

The major caveat should be that Ukraine has made a lot of improvements in Crimea since the ’50s. A large price should be put on that. Russia is not just taking Crimea; it is paying for all the care that Ukraine has given Crimea since the ’50s. It should be a significant and long-term repayment.

Part Three: Finally, Putin must emphasize that the targeting of civilians was against his orders and that he will help to rebuild some of Ukraine. He can claim that senior generals or other Russian defense officials failed to follow his orders and publicly fire them. (Maybe those fired will be allowed to come to the U.S. and work at a Washington, D.C., think tank). However, the provision may be described, it gives Putin the chance to call this insane war off.

In the end, America has always stood for self-determination and the right to choose one’s government. Whatever claim Putin may try to make on Ukraine, either based on reality or his own fiction, it will never outweigh the people’s right to a free and fair election for a government that represents them.

As another famous president said about a voting bloc in our country, what do you have to lose? I do think this would be agreeable to Putin if the alternative is brutal sanctions and a reputation as a pariah.

What I don’t know is whether Ukraine would be agreeable. I do believe that if Ukraine can forgo NATO, it should be given immediate consideration for European Union membership. Obviously, Crimea would be a bigger pill to swallow, but Ukraine isn’t getting it back anyway. Bite the bullet for the good of humanity and the reality that you stand to lose your entire nation or worse if the situation continues. Push for a large payment from Russia and it will likely give it.

On this latter note, which I’m certain will get the most attention, Russia will lose the money in any case, either to economy-crushing sanctions or in paying back Ukraine. Better the money goes to Ukraine than just disappears due to sanctions. Russia doesn’t lose too much, and Ukraine gains a lot.

This option is sound. I believe it would be acceptable to both sides, and it gives Putin an off-ramp, something he desperately needs.

The bigger problem is that our current administration is not strong enough to deal with Putin. He likely has other cards to play against us. Maybe this option is one the U.S. should stay away from and instead can be pushed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the U.K. or President Emmanuel Macron in France.

A final point to be highlighted regarding the Budapest Agreement is nuclear weapons on a sovereign nation’s soil. The accord encouraged certain countries to give up nuclear weapons. With other nations now contemplating joining the nuclear club (like it or not), one lesson in all of this is to never give up your nuclear weapons. If a nation-state cannot rely on other countries to honor its borders, possessing nuclear weapons acts as a guarantor of security.

Like all options, this one is worthy of consideration. As I asked above, what do we have to lose (except everything)?

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Calls for Protests, Calls Putin ‘Insane Czar’

Madeleine Hubbard
March 2nd, 2022

Imprisoned political leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday called for his fellow Russians to protest the invasion of Ukraine every day.

One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics, Navalny called him an “obviously insane tsar” in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I cannot, do not want and will not remain silent watching how pseudo-historical nonsense about the events of 100 years ago has become an excuse for Russians to kill Ukrainians, and for Ukrainians to kill Russians while defending themselves,” he wrote.

Putin has been promoting baseless accusations of Ukraine committing “genocide,” and said that the country must undergo a “demilitarization and denazification.”

Navalny urged citizens to not allow Russia to “become a nation of frightened silent people. Of cowards who pretend not to notice the aggressive war against Ukraine unleashed by our obviously insane czar.”

“Putin is not Russia,” Navalny stated. “And if there is anything in Russia right now that you can be most proud of, it is those 6824 people who were detained because – without any call – they took to the streets with placards saying ‘No War.'”

The 45-year-old Navalny was almost killed in August 2020 after he was attacked with a nerve agent in Siberia, the BBC reported. He returned to Moscow in January 2021, and he has been impriosned ever since.

“It’s the third decade of the 21st century, and we are watching news about people burning down in tanks and bombed houses. We are watching real threats to start a nuclear war on our TVs,” Navalny stated.

He encouraged Russians to protest all over the world in “the main square of your city every weekday and at 2 pm on weekends and holidays.”

Those who are abroad should go to the Russian embassy, he said.

“But we must, gritting our teeth and overcoming fear, come out and demand an end to the war. Each arrested person must be replaced by two newcomers,” he urged.

Navalny concluded: “Everything has a price, and now, in the spring of 2022, we must pay this price. There’s no one to do it for us. Let’s not ‘be against the war.’ Let’s fight against the war.”

As Putin Invades Ukraine, Biden Bumbles Around on Live TV and Says ‘See, Presidents Can’t Do Much’

Isa Cox, The Western Journal
February 26, 2022

As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to thumb his nose at the global community with his ongoing invasion of Ukraine, American President Joe Biden is reminding the world exactly why Putin felt like he could get away with it.

On Friday, President Biden held a press conference to show off his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, because the day that war was breaking out in Eastern Europe and one of our allies was passing out rifles to citizens to defend their nation was totally an appropriate day to do so, naturally.

Not content with this utterly appalling timing, Biden also used the opportunity to put on full display not only his intersectionally-accredited black female nominee but also his own utter incompetence.

While introducing his SCOTUS pick, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, during a news conference on Friday to mark the occasion of her nomination, the president, for some unknown reason, announced he would adjust the podium to better suit her relatively slighter figure.

This is, of course, typically the job of an underling, and it was ultimately an underling who scurried onto the stage to lend a helping hand as Biden struggled to work the podium.

Biden’s response to this gaffe, as captured on audio for the whole world to see?

“See, presidents can’t do much!” he quipped.

Now, before you think I’m being too hard on the old guy, bear in mind that this is not a fluke. This is absolutely normal behavior for the septuagenarian president and serves to embarrassingly underscore one rather noteworthy aspect of why Putin has not responded to his administration’s threats.

In addition to the woke-ified military that’s more interested in preferred pronouns than combat preparedness, Biden’s utter, deadly disaster in Afghanistan last summer and his weak threats of sanctions against Putin’s advances on Ukraine, Biden has been putting on whatever the exact opposite of a strong front is all week.

On Tuesday, Biden gave what was clearly supposed to be some very stern remarks denouncing Putin for his aggressions in Ukraine. Unfortunately, his handlers had clearly neglected to put him down for his afternoon nap beforehand:

On Thursday, Biden further demonstrated an utter lack of resolve by telling reporters he had no idea if Putin was going to nuke the U.S. and didn’t feel like addressing the critical question on China’s potential involvement in the escalating conflict.

Read more: https://www.westernjournal.com/putin-invades-ukraine-biden-bumbles-around-live-tv-says-see-presidents-cant-much/#ixzz7M7GX1fRq

Russia Withdraws Some Troops from Ukraine Border, Scoffs at Biden’s ‘Hysteria’ Over Potential Invasion

Jack Davis, The Western Journal
Published February 15, 2022 

As Russian officials continued to attack Biden administration comments that an invasion of Ukraine is imminent, some Russian troops conducting maneuvers pulled back from the Ukraine border, according to reports.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the planned end of the maneuvers will provoke rounds of chest-thumping in the Biden White House, according to The New York Times.

President Joe Biden had promised that the mother of all economic sanctions would be levied on Russia if it invaded Ukraine, a potential punishment that Russia derided.

“The West, if it hasn’t already, will say: ‘See, as soon as we pressured them and Biden snapped, they immediately got scared and fulfilled our demands,’” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow, according to the Times.

“This is selling air — our Western colleagues have become rather successful at it,” he said.

Separately, according to The Washington Post, Putin government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the fact that Western nations pulled diplomats out of Ukraine was “ostentatious hysteria that is not based on anything.”

“The whole world is in a fever over this. And, indeed, this is nothing but an absolutely unprecedented campaign to provoke and escalate tension in Europe. We consider this an absolutely harmful, very bad practice,” he said, according to the Post.

“If it had not been for this hysteria, these demonstrative destructive information campaigns, the atmosphere in Europe would have been quite different.

The tactical situation on the ground was unclear.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov said military units participating in drills in what he termed the southern and western districts had completed their missions and were returning to bases that are not far from the Ukraine border.

Military exercises in Belarus, on Ukraine’s northern border, and in the Black Sea, were continuing, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said, according to the Times.

NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said alliance members “have not seen any sign of de-escalation,” but said Russian comments favoring diplomacy were “grounds for cautious optimism,” the Times reported.

British Defense Secretary Liz Truss, however, continued to talk tough.

“This is … about the wider stability of Europe,” she said, according to the U.K. Daily Mail. “And it’s about wider global stability, and the message that we give to aggressors and we have to give the message to Vladimir Putin that there can be no reward for aggression.”

As to any withdrawal,  “we will need to see a full-scale removal of troops to show that is true,” she said.

The extent to which an invasion was imminent was grounds for debate last month. During a crisis drumbeat from Washington, Ukraine was marching to a different tune, according to The Hill.

Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said late last month that while there was grave potential in the Russian troops at his nation’s border, the moment of panic had not arrived.

“There are risky scenarios. They’re possible and probable in the future,” Reznikov said. “But as of today … such a threat doesn’t exist.”

The potential invasion brought German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to call on Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the Times reported. French President Emmanuel Macron last week visited Moscow last week.

Russian officials have scoffed at the Western claims of an imminent attack.

Kremlin foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov on Saturday said talk of war had “reached the point of absurdity,” according to The Associated Press, and mocked Western leaders for what he called “hysteria.”

“We don’t understand why they are spreading clearly false information about Russian intentions,” Ushakov said about the U.S. warnings of an imminent attack.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.