Worse Than Obama's Red Line: Biden Gives Putin Green Light to Invade Ukraine
During a Wednesday press conference, President Joe Biden gave Russia what some called a “green light” to invade Ukraine with minimal consequences.
Biden said he expects Russian President Vladimir Putin to take some sort of action to “move in” and invade Ukraine, and that the U.S. response “depends on what he does,” according to The Washington Post.
“I probably shouldn’t go any further, but … I think it will hurt him badly,” Biden said.
“He’s never seen sanctions like the ones I promised would be imposed if he moves,” Biden said. “What you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades.”
Biden said there are degrees of responses.
My guess is Biden’s “red line” will be about as serious and ferocious as the Obama red line in Syria. Putin knows this. https://t.co/GQitEVsZDE
— Umar Lee (@UmarLeeIII) January 19, 2022
Biden on Russia invading Ukraine:
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion…” pic.twitter.com/BFp5jnJYPI
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 19, 2022
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said. “But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing … it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further degrade and, invade Ukraine.”
Many said those comments amounted to giving Putin a free hand to take a chunk of Ukraine.
Biden just told Putin a “minor incursion” into Ukraine is basically ok.
What kind of answer was that? No incursion is ok.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 19, 2022
Biden seemed to effectively green-light a Russian incursion as opposed to a major invasion and then a little later predicted that Russia will go in!
What must the Ukrainians be thinking right now???
— Rich Lowry (@RichLowry) January 19, 2022
Biden saying that we might not respond disproportionately to a “minor incursion” by Putinin Ukraine is the worst foreign policy blunder since…Biden surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban and got 13 Americans killed and left hundreds more behind. So yeah, he sucks at this.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 19, 2022
Green light for Vlad.
— Matthew Continetti (@continetti) January 19, 2022
Biden just essentially said publicly that if all Russia does is a limited incursion he won’t forcefully respond
Major diplomatic breech
He just gave up the game and undercut Blinken in Kiev
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) January 19, 2022
Biden said in his meetings with Putin “he has no problem understanding me, nor me him.”
“I pointed out, ‘You’ve occupied before other countries, but the price has been extremely high,’” Biden said. “It’s real. It’s consequential. So this is not all just a cakewalk for the Russian military.”
“I think [Putin] still does not want any full-blown war,” Biden said.
“Do I think he’ll test the West, test the United States and NATO, as significantly as he can? Yes, I think he will,” Biden said, according to The New York Times.
“But I think he will pay a serious, and dear price for it that he doesn’t think now will cost him what it’s going to cost him. And I think he will regret having done it,” he said.
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