Tensions continue to rise at the Russian/Ukraine border as tens of thousands of Russian troops anxiously await Putin’s order to turn their neighbor into an uninhabitable wasteland. Moscow has warned NATO to keep its fork out what it’s about to serve the Ukrainians on a ballistic platter. To Russia, this will be a personal fight over Ukrain changing its profile status to single on Aug 24, 1991, when the country claimed its independence and ditched the abusive relationship that was going nowhere.
All eyes are also staring at the U.S. to see what kind of hand Joe Biden is going to play. Though Putin hasn’t said if it would stop the escalation, he wants Biden’s promise that Ukraine will never become a card-carrying member of NATO as Ukraine has requested to be, time and time again.
Since Biden isn’t in a position to make this type of guarantee, his only recourse outside of calling in the troops is to hit the Kremlin with economic sanctions that seem to never work but give the appearance that something substantial is being done. Joe said this time around will be different. He’s planning on exacting “a very real cost” that would cripple the Russian economy. Or, so he says.
In the words of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, “We’ve consulted significantly with our allies and believe we have a path forward that would impose significant and severe harm on the Russian economy. You can call that a threat. You can call that a fact. You can call that preparation. You can call it whatever you want to call it.”
Putin and Biden are about to face one another via a video call to see if the two nations can iron out any wrinkles. Biden will be surrounded by his co-hearts in the Situation Room while Putin will be casually sipping vodka from his home in Sochi during the meeting.
But, this is not to say that this won’t the toughest conversation the two have ever had. There’s a whole lot riding on the outcome. WWIII happens to be one of those things. If the Kremlin pushes ahead with its invasion plans…welcome to hell on earth. Anyone who’s anyone will be jumping into the brawl with the exception of China. The communists will likely sit this one out and watch their enemies blow each other up. How convenient.
According to U.S. intelligence reports, 70,000 Russian troops are waiting for the go-ahead. Keep in mind, Ukraine is roughly only the size of Texas. But this doesn’t mean the Russian soldiers will have an easy go of things.
It may surprise you to know that Ukraine’s military is 280,000 soldiers strong, winning them the title of having the third-largest military in Europe. Russia tops them in strength, as does France, but they aren’t going down without a strong fight if they go down at all.
As they should be, Republican leaders are watching Biden like the hawk he is. This will be a defining moment for the old man. He can use the peacemaking negotiating skills he brags of possessing, or he can stutter the world into deadly chaos.
Biden hasn’t done so well with China or Iran and given the fact that Putin doesn’t like or trust him thanks to his Obama-influenced politics, perhaps the world should start preparing for the worst-case scenario in case Biden holds true to form… 2022 could start off with a very big bang.