The Ukrainians and Poles need to cut Biden out of the picture and make the MIG 29 deal. The Poles can go to other NATO members to backfill their fighter inventory if we won’t. The Brits and the Greeks come to mind. But those MIGs need to get to the skies over Ukraine, fast. Tom Cotton, Republican Senator of Arkansas, hits Biden on his confused actions on this issue.
Jarosław Kaczyński, the head of Poland’s ruling party, indicated tonight in Kyiv after meeting with President Zelensky that negotiations are still ongoing on how to deliver Poland’s 28 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine.
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Cotton: Right now, the Ukrainian people are locked in a desperate struggle against Russian invaders. Their courage in the face of Russia’s brutal onslaught stands in stark contrast to the weakness in the White House. While President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rallied his people to defend their homeland, President Biden has responded with timidity and half-measures.
Most recently, Biden rejected a plan to deliver Polish MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. The Ukrainians are in dire need of aircraft and spare parts to prevent Russia from gaining air supremacy, but the president refused to give the Ukrainians these valuable tools when they were practically handed to him by one of our strongest allies, Poland.
The Poles have a long and proud tradition of killing Russian invaders. They understand that helping Ukraine in its hour of need will make future Russian aggression less likely. As a result, they offered to transfer their entire fleet of MiG-29 fighters to U.S. forces for delivery to Ukraine.
The Biden administration’s response to the Polish offer was chaotic and confused. Secretary of State Antony Blinken initially gave Poland the “green light” to give fighters to Ukraine. But then, Biden balked. He scuttled the deal and sent his flacks running to the press to claim Poland’s plan was a complete surprise. Instead of presenting a united front with Poland, the Biden administration telegraphed indecision and incompetence.
Biden’s defenders claim that sending MiGs to Ukraine would have “provoked” Putin and “escalated” America’s involvement in the war. But the United States shouldn’t be cowed by hollow threats from Moscow.
Russia is bogged down in a war that’s far more costly than it predicted. The past two weeks of fighting have demonstrated the flaws of Russia’s armed forces as well as the tenacity of its enemies. If Putin attacked us or a NATO ally over a few dozen fighter jets, he would be signing up his military for a vastly larger and more painful struggle that he cannot afford to fight. He would be signing the death warrant of his corrupt regime, as well.
Fighter jets are also no more provocative than the weapons America is already sending to Ukraine by the hundreds. We’ve already sent Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine that are turning Russian tanks and other armored vehicles into burning heaps of junk. We’ve also sent Stinger anti-air missiles that are blowing Russian helicopters and low-flying jets out of the sky…
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At every step, Joe Biden has allowed America’s response to be dictated from Moscow out of a fanciful fear of provocation. The wages of Biden’s weakness are Russian tanks rolling through Eastern Europe. If we fail to support Ukraine, the stakes and the flames of war will rise.