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Biden Caves To Putin On Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

This was inevitable.

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Have you noticed there is the whiff of Neville Chamberlain about Joe Biden? Gullible, elderly, accommodating to tyrants, you half expect Biden to show up at Dulles waving a white sheet of paper. His initial moves with Vladmir Putin of Russia only confirm that perception.

It wasn’t that long ago that the former president and “Moscow Mitch” were accused of being Russian puppets by the mentally challenged. But sucking up to the Kremlin is okay now as long as Biden is doing it. The latest example? Giving the Russians a pass on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. You can hear the sardonic snickers from Red Square, as Putin, no doubt shirtless and riding a Siberian tiger, takes stock of the frail and puny Biden. This does not bode well for American hopes at the upcoming Switzerland summit. Think Kennedy and Khruschev, Vienna, 1961.

On the summit the White House states, “The leaders will discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the US-Russia relationship.” And Putin will be satisfied with the Sudetenland.

FNC: “Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, stepped up his criticism of President Biden’s decision to lift sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline on Wednesday, arguing the move was the ‘cost of admission’ for the White House’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin. McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, spoke out in response to Biden’s explanation for why he opted to lift the sanctions on the Germany-to-Russia pipeline. The president said he waived the sanctions in part because it was ‘almost completely finished.’ Republicans slammed Biden after reports emerged that his administration planned to waive sanctions on the company and its executive, a Putin ally, who is leading the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. GOP lawmakers have accused the president of hypocrisy given his previous decision to suspend the Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns.

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“German officials have supported the project, which will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. US lawmakers from both parties have opposed the pipeline, arguing it will strengthen Russia’s interests. The pipeline, once completed, will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine while transporting fuel to Europe.” Gee, the Germans and the Russians are on the same page on this. And that’s always worked out well in the past, right?

“We finally see the cost of admission for the Putin summit: Let him have dominion over European energy while selling out Ukraine,” McCaul said. “Blaming the prior admin is a weak excuse. @POTUS can stop #NordStream2 now if he follows the law & sanctions all involved.”

Biden weakly spun a response. “I have been opposed to Nord Stream 2 from the beginning but it only has – it’s almost completed by the time I took office,” Biden said. “To go ahead and impose sanctions now, I think, would be counterproductive now in terms of our European relations.” Plus, it might upset traditional Democrat allies in the Kremlin. Bernie Sanders, call your dacha.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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