Originally published March 30, 2022
It would take the world’s largest industrial scale to measure the amount of ink the media used to disparage former-President Trump’s rhetoric on foreign policy. He was called a shill, a puppet, and a traitor – all while leading the world to an era of peace that any preceding president would envy. Examining President Biden’s disastrous gaffes and blunders from this week alone not only highlights those accomplishments, but exposes the lie that Trump was ever beholden to Russia.
For those who haven’t watched the news coverage, Biden’s failure during his European trip must be giving White House Communications a never-ending conniption. First he said that he would respond to Vladimir Putin’s use of a weapon of mass destruction “in kind,” implying that the United States would go so far as to nuke Russia. Then he spoke to American soldiers about what they would see in Ukraine, implying that they would be deployed there. Then he said, “with regards to food shortages, it’s gonna be real,” implying that this was a problem that Americans would face. And finally, he said that Putin “cannot remain in power,” implying that the United States would foment regime change in Russia.
Each one of these gaffes would have been terrible, but all together just shows how woefully incompetent Biden is and how unfit he is for office. To be clear, Putin is waiting for a predicate to use every weapon at his disposal to take Ukraine, or at least remain in power after the war is over. Biden gave him multiple excuses to stage an attack. He could say that the West is threatening to overthrow him, interfering in a foreign conflict, planning to send in troops, or promising nuclear retaliation to a lesser attack. Putin has the means and ability to brainwash his citizenry without evidence, all the more so with the statements that the American President made.
Rewinding back to 2018, when Trump and Putin met at the Helsinki Summit in Finland. In what seemed to be one of the worst moments in his Presidency, Trump appeared to publicly choose to believe Putin over his intelligence agencies when asked about election interference. “President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,” he said when asked.
The reaction was predictable and intense. Everyone from Chuck Schumer to Paul Ryan to the newspaper salesman was lambasting Trump, claiming that he was giving Putin a free pass to interfere in American elections. With the benefit of hindsight, however, this may have been the proper move to keep Putin at bay – at least for a while.
Russia has been an American adversary for the better part of a century. Under Putin’s regime, they have made multiple encroachments into the Western sphere of influence. Between Georgia in 2008, Crimea in 2014, Syria in 2015, and Ukraine in 2022, Putin’s appetite to restore a Russian empire is painfully evident. Putin also worldly succeeded in widening the political divide when Russian ads were found on Facebook in 2016, giving the media the excuse they needed to claim that Trump’s win was illegitimate. Russia is clearly a top enemy of America.
Knowing this – and knowing that there is no desire in the American public to actually go to war – Trump played nice in public with Putin, but privately was far harsher with him than his predecessors. As reported by the New York Post in February, “one [story] has it that Trump — noting that Putin seized land from Georgia when George W. Bush was president and seized the Crimean peninsula when Barack Obama was president — warned Putin against a land grab on his watch.
“‘If you move against Ukraine while I’m president,’ Trump is said to have told the Russian leader, ‘I will hit Moscow.’”
Putin reportedly scoffed, “No way,” leading Trump to say, “All those beautiful golden turrets will be blown up.”
Compare this with what President Obama was caught on a hot mic telling Putin puppet Dmitri Medvedev: “on all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space…This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” If there was any question to whom the flexibility would be given,” Medvedev responded, “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
So behind closed doors, Obama appeased Russia; Trump strong-armed them. The results spoke for themselves. In 2014, Putin took Crimea. In 2015, he extended Russian influence over Syria. Between 2017 and 2021, Putin was silent. Now, watching Biden blunder his way through a crisis he was too weak to prevent, it’s easy to reminisce to a time when the biggest threat coming out of Russia was a 2016 Facebook post with a few thousand likes.
Moshe Hill is a political columnist and Senior Fellow at Amariah, an America First Zionist organization. Moshe has a weekly column in the Queens Jewish Link, and has been published in Daily Wire, CNS News, and other outlets. You can follow Moshe on his blog www.aHillwithaView.com, facebook.com/aHillwithaView, and twitter.com/HillWithView.