National Security

Biggest Gaffe Of Biden Presidency

It could cost lives.

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National security ace Rebecca Grant calls Biden’s recent call for regime change in Russia his worst “wordbomb.” She is absolutely correct.

Grant: “For God’s sake, this man must not remain in power.” That blast at Russian President Vladimir Putin was the finale of President Joe Biden’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday. Talk about escalatory. The White House took less than 40 minutes to walk back the zinger. “He was not discussing Putin’s power or regime change,” a White House official said.

Too late. With that remark, U.S. relations with Russia plunged into the deep freeze. President John F. Kennedy never said that to Nikita Khrushchev. Ronald Reagan didn’t say it to Mikhail Gorbachev (who is still alive, by the way). Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has not called for Putin to be overthrown. No, it was just Joe Biden out there, taking aim at Putin with the biggest word bomb of his presidency.

Despite the White House cleanup attempt, I’m still fixated on this stunning remark because it so perfectly captures Biden’s shortcomings as a national and world leader in the Ukraine crisis.

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You think it was just another gaffe, like Biden’s “minor incursion” remark of Jan. 15, or his confusion on chemical weapons responses on Thursday? Well, I believe Biden was sincerely trying his best in Warsaw. He was moved by his visits with American soldiers in Poland. You saw Biden’s bright smile and delight in meeting Ukrainian children up close. And on Day 32 of the war, who doesn’t agree that Putin is obscene and a dictator and a butcher and the sole cause of this misery?

Here’s the problem. Biden throws down cutting remarks when his dander is up. But he can’t translate his emotions into statesmanship. The Warsaw speech swiveled from fiery rhetoric to dry teleprompter policy. Biden did not announce significant new military support for Ukraine, but he did get in a plug for renewable energy.

Biden spoke in Warsaw as Russia is pulling back on the defensive. And to be fair, Biden did well to say the war was “already a strategic failure for Russia.” How true. Russia has failed at air assault, air control, tank maneuver, logistics resupply, and even has a shocking 20% to 60% dud rate in its few precision munitions.

There is no doubt in my mind Russia attacked targets in Lviv on Saturday specifically to make black oily smoke a few hours before Biden’s speech. Biden should have called out this pathetic attempt to restore the illusion of Russian military power.

Warsaw was the moment for Biden to pledge victory for Ukraine in a calm and serious way – for “the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear and of world order and peace,” as Britain’s King George VI said on Sep. 3., 1939. Instead, Biden opted for an appeal “direct to the Russian people” to oppose Putin and the war.

And some big boasts. Biden’s team vastly prefers sanctions to military power. In Warsaw, Biden called sanctions “a new kind of economic statecraft with the power to inflict damage that rivals military might.” How would that sound on the streets of Mariupol?…Biden failed to deliver a truly historic speech – but he’ll never live down his call to take down Putin.

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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Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

See what lame stupid idiotic Dems do is get US into wars

Glenn Lego
Glenn Lego
3 months ago

The needed regime change should be in Washington DC.

Trump Supporter
Trump Supporter
3 months ago

Trump Supporters tried to warn the anyone, with a modicum of intelligence, that Biden was the “Biggest Idiot Demokratz Ever Nominated!”
You can’t blame me. I voted for Trump!