Representing the Biden administration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has warned Russia that there would be a “strong response” from the United States if Russian President Vladimir Putin acts on his dream of seizing Ukraine as the next step in his hope of rebuilding the old Soviet Union.

Strong response?  What does that mean?

We do not know what Blinken has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov other than the vague language the Secretary of State has shared with the world – only a “strong response.”

That warning alone means nothing.  The folks in Kiev must be very very nervous if they are not privy to some convincing details of what that “strong response” may be – and the devil is always in the details.

The lack of specificity is disturbing because the United States could already have been taking a “strong response” in the past.   The threats of a “strong response” have not deterred Putin from seizing and extending hegemony over the Crimea.  A “strong response” has not deterred Putin from amassing troops on the Ukraine border.  A “strong response” has not prevented Putin from continuing Russia’s cyber attacks on the United States.  A “strong response” did not dissuade Putin and China President Xi Jinping from issuing a joint communique threatening the United States.

What could – and should – the Biden administration be doing as part of a “strong response?”   

First and foremost, we should be allowing Ukraine to purchase defensive military equipment – including anti-aircraft, anti-tank weapons and drones.  This was rejected by the Obama administration – that sent blanks as military aid – and was only partially fulfilled by President Trump.  

Former General John “Jack” Keane proposed sending 100,000 troops into Poland to undermine America’s resolve to protect Ukraine.

Finally, the United States has the capability of imposing sanctions that would essentially cripple the Russian economy.  We can for the closing of the oil pipeline to Germany and other measures to crush Russia’s oil-dependent economy.

A CONVINCING AND CREDIBLE threat of military intervention on the part of the United States or our NATO allies – even though Ukraine is not a NATO nation – would deter Putin’s.  Unfortunately, Biden has squandered America’s credibility in terms of military intervention.

If America stands down as Russia takes Ukraine by force, what stops them from gobbling up the next former Soviet Union captive nation?  And how much more damage to America’s ability to exert global leadership.

The clear and present danger to American national security comes from Russian and China – and it will take more than hallow “strong responses” to have Russia stand down.

So, there ‘tis.

By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

7 thoughts on “Will Biden Stare Down Putin?”
  1. Biden stare down Pitin?? Truly a rhetorical question if there ever was one. Biden will “soil his pants” just being in the same room with Putin. Biden might think he can “get tough” because he has China running his show now. Dopey Joe’s handlers might want to consider inserting a pace maker s he won’t keel over in freight. Putin will play this old sack of excrement like he did Obutthead.

  2. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! That is the funniest thing I have read all day! Thanks for the laugh!

  3. Yeah right!!! Before Ol’ Joltin Joe can stare down Putin, he’d probably let out a runny shart and make a beeline for the boy’s room…

  4. Biden would roll over a deficate on himself when Putin enters the room. He will then fall down to his knees and promise Putin what’s left of our Uranium deposits. Biden is a infant. With no skills to even be in the same room as Putin

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