In a dangerous reflection of just how little respect foreign powers have for President Biden – recent reports have indicated that Russian President Vladmir Putin has added thousands of troops near the border of Ukraine since speaking with the American president.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz said on Sunday that Russia has added more than 10,000 troops to its military build-up near Ukraine since Biden spoke with the Russian president.
“Russia’s ability at this point — and 175,000 troops, think of that,” Raddatz said. “When we went into Iraq, we were nowhere near 175,000 troops. But also remember back to 2014 and this point about Russian troops. There were reports that Putin set up mobile crematoriums because he was burning the bodies of those who were killed, so the Russians would not see caskets coming back.”
“He has to be thinking about that. But they could move in swiftly. Look, the administration and officials are telling me they are not faking it. Putin is not faking it, but that, on the other hand, he may be really good at not faking it. I mean, he is moving in those troops,” Raddatz continued.
“After that call with President Biden, they added more troops. They added at least 10,000 more troops. So, if he’s bluffing, it’s a very, very good bluff.”
Critics have suggested that Biden speaking with Putin may have actually worsened the situation given the Democrat leader’s questionable mental acuity.
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce responded by tweeting, “To my point that it’s *dangerous* having Biden speak directly w any consequential person on the world stage. All it does is *confirm* how feckless, weak & diminished the American president really is. Every day the charade continues, the Dems put this nation in extreme danger.”
When trying to establish a reason why Russia might not decide to follow through with the invasion of Ukraine, William Taylor, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said, “Because it would be — rationally, it would be very, very costly, not just the economic sanctions that President Biden is talking about. The number of Russian troops that would die would be very large, and Ukrainians as well.”
He would also lose, for example, that pipeline that is so important to him from Russia to Germany, the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. It would be a very bad move for him and very costly. And that’s why — that’s why he wouldn’t.
On the military front, Raddatz added, “Well, as the ambassador said, the Ukrainians have a lot of combat experience. They do. But they would be crushed. They truly would.”
The Biden administration, meanwhile, is apparently suggesting that Ukraine simply hand over whatever land Russia wants to avoid a conflict according to reports from last week.
“Administration officials have suggested that the U.S. will press Ukraine to formally cede a measure of autonomy within its eastern Donbas region, which is now under de facto control by Russia-backed separatists who rose up against Kyiv in 2014,” the Associated Press reported. “Decentralization of Ukraine and a ‘special status’ for Donbas were laid out in an ambiguous, European-brokered peace deal in 2015, but it has never taken hold.”
Author: Erick Jones