Is Biden Handling Putin Better Than He’s Handling Trump?

7/1/2022 1:14:00 AM

Facing down the threats that the two men pose to democracy has become the defining challenge of Biden’s Presidency.

Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin

“America’s ongoing internal political crisis is the single most destabilizing factor in the world today,” sbg1 writes. “And Biden knows it.”

Facing down the threats that the two men pose to democracy has become the defining challenge of Biden’s Presidency.

NATO’s new “strategic concept,” its first since 2010, speaks of Russia as “the most significant and direct threat” to the alliance, abandoning even the pretense of coöperation thatNATOleaders maintained for far longer than Putin’s actions justified.

“We’re stepping up,” Biden, on Wednesday, after he’d sat for a long-withheld one-on-one meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who had dropped his objections to Finland and Sweden’s joining the alliance. “We’re proving thatNATOis more needed now than it ever has been.”

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sbg1 Stolen elections have catastrophic consequences. sbg1 Dems in disarray bullshittery. “Red wave” gaslighting propaganda. Any mention how Biden never plotted to overthrow our democracy though? sbg1 Fire yourself sbg1 Did Fox News write this? sbg1 This is a weird way of saying “record jobs numbers” and “out of Afghanistan”

sbg1 I love how people wish the lunatic was still in charge. Boggles the mind. sbg1 sbg1 is biden really, truly handling putin at all ? sbg1 People are fools if they allow the GOP to move forward at the midterms--yet again, journalists & their publications don't get it. But the GOP most certainly will come for you (it's already started). You’ll have no one interested in standing up for you because you let this happen.

sbg1 'It’s hard to see how Biden....can do much to fix anything' ...yeah, he never even volunteered to travel the nation with a breast pump seeking milk donations during the formula crisis. sbg1 Dude can’t keep his caucus in line and walked away from his campaign promises to do adventurism in Ukraine. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t wish he would just go away.

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sbg1 Libs are not good at these games. GOP can suck up anything as long as they are in power, while libs have to be the pleaser to make sure everyone is happy. Does Fox News ever say anything bad about Trump regardless of reality. sbg1 Plagued with problems sounds a bit over the top sbg1 This is bullshit, Biden is doing great things! Stop with this spewing of hatred and propaganda. Most people who are smart can see how much he’s done with this clusterfuck he was handed.

sbg1 I feel sorry for him. He's going to go down in history as our last & one of our weakest POTUS. sbg1 And America’s ongoing internal political crisis was 100% homemade. By creating a huge business incentive for spreading egotistic, jingoistic and hyperbolic bullshit for 30 years a la Faux News and here we are today.

sbg1 Who knows who is handling whom? Bringing together Europe and America together under a threat aggravated by Biden can be considered a success. But NATO expansion success may not yield much if economic retooling of West can delivered w/o rapid rise in inflation. sbg1 GOP chances to win back seats this year has apparently been downgraded from “almost certain” to “very real”. BidenWorks

sbg1 Destabilizing. Q: “Would you say that the war in Ukraine is the primary driver of inflation in America?” Fed Chair Powell: “No. Inflation was high before, certainly before the war in Ukraine broke out.” sbg1 Its the first time a political party has used the DOJ to directly attack its opposition and jail people for political activity. If we were a third world country we would be imposing sanctions on us.

sbg1 No me extraña, con tanta maldad política y codicia sin fin en eso la creatividad económica en sentido maldad tiene sus límites y con el tiempo se acaba notando en el progreso de involución de un país bañado de sangre inocente y lo veremos paso a paso.

To Counter Putin, Biden Tries to Assemble an Upside-Down CartelPresident Biden is leading an effort to manipulate the oil market at a scale the world has rarely seen, embracing cartel-like tactics in an aggressive but risky attempt to undermine Russia’s war effort in Ukraine . You love to suggest that Russia should be allowed to win You have to push back to bullies, not get cash from them Donald. After other recent Op-Eds I deeply distrust the NYT when it comes to Ukraine.

sbg1 Biden isn’t handling anything well, except fresh depends and a spoon of baby food sbg1 Fuck the world. America is in charge. They know it. You know it. Deal with it inept Europe. sbg1 But he won't do shit about it

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—jolted them into joining.Donald Trump .Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month., even as immigrant advocates pointed fingers at his own hardline policies, asserting they force desperate migrants from putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.

NATO ’s new “strategic concept,” its first since 2010, speaks of Russia as “the most significant and direct threat” to the alliance, abandoning even the pretense of coöperation that NATO leaders maintained for far longer than Putin’s actions justified. “We’re stepping up,” Biden , on Wednesday, after he’d sat for a long-withheld one-on-one meeting with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who had dropped his objections to Finland and Sweden’s joining the alliance. Biden will argue he’s the only one who can beat Trump, sometimes ticking through the names of potential Democratic candidates if he stepped aside — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, even Vice President Kamala Harris. “We’re proving that NATO is more needed now than it ever has been. Credit.” Blunt reality still dictates that, for all of NATO ’s stepping-up, it is Ukraine and not the United States or its European allies that is fighting Russia. “He would just walk through every candidate. For President Volodymyr Zelensky, this has been a never-ending source of frustration with Biden and the others: he is securing the flank of an alliance that refuses to allow him to join and paying for it with Ukrainian blood. “The fact of the matter is, the border is closed, which is in part why you see people trying to make this dangerous journey using smuggling networks,” she told reporters Tuesday aboard Air Force One as the president flew from a G7 summit in Germany to a NATO meeting in Spain, “Forty-six people died in the state of Texas.

“We are deterring Russia from destroying us and destroying you,” he the NATO summit, via video. Soon after the midterms — and following a discussion with his family over the holidays — Biden will move perhaps more quickly than expected to formalize his intentions for 2024, according to a top official familiar with the president’s planning, filing paperwork for re-election shortly after the new year. Kenny Holston for The New York Times By Jim Tankersley June 28, 2022 MUNICH — President Biden is leading an effort to manipulate the oil market at a scale the world has rarely seen, embracing cartel-like tactics in an aggressive but risky attempt to undermine Russia’s war effort in Ukraine. Zelensky is right. There is more that can and should be done: more successful efforts to stop the flow of Russian oil and gas, which is funding Putin’s war; more sophisticated weaponry to be sent to Ukraine; a concerted effort by the United States and others to break a Russian naval blockade that’s keeping Ukrainian grain from reaching the world market. As the Jan. Another blunt reality is that, for all of the billions of dollars that Biden and a so-far-united U. Instead of limiting supply to maximize revenues for countries selling oil, as a cartel does, Mr.S. He’s also expected to pick up a more robust schedule of events around the country in late July when he returns from a trip to the Middle East, his aides said, with an eye toward quieting some of the hand-wringing over his age by demonstrating he has the stamina for campaigning..

Congress have sent in aid to Ukraine, Russia’s ability to fight on likely means the conflict will be measured in years and not months. The much touted financial sanctions imposed by Biden at the start of the war have not broken Putin or his regime. The selling points will include the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure law. Putin is deriving from his most important export . And the longer the war goes on, Putin seems to be reckoning, the better it looks for him. And yet the changes in Europe prompted by Russia’s aggression—and propelled by Biden’s active diplomacy—are real, structural, and unlikely to be reversed. Wade. They are driven by a much more clear-eyed assessment of the brutal nature of the Russian regime than the wishful thinking that for twenty years often drove the West’s accommodation of Putin.” The plan is an economist’s invention — specifically Janet L. They exploit and endanger in order to make a profit,” Abbott, running for a third term in November, has made a crackdown on illegal migration a centerpiece of his campaign.

The blood of Ukrainian innocents has done that much. Beyond upping Biden’s visibility, his advisers have been working with the Democratic National Committee to build up political infrastructure in key midterm battlegrounds — many of which are also likely to be critical in 2024. In the United States, however, it’s hard to see that Biden has had similar success shoring up allies against the very real prospect of Trump’s return to power. Democrats have talked—and talked and talked—about the need to safeguard elections, protect voting rights, and revamp the outdated federal law governing the Electoral College. Already the DNC has poured $20 million into the effort, with more being raised and spent quickly. Some energy experts doubt the price cap would work, if negotiators can even agree on how to structure and implement it. They have not done any of these. They have also talked about accountability for Trump and those who carried out the attack on the U. Out in the open, the 2024 pitch sounds like the 2020 pitch.” Thousands of migrants have died in recent decades attempting to cross the U.

S. Putin could decide it would be more lucrative to cap some Russian wells, pulling a million barrels a day or more off the world market, creating a shortage that would cause prices to spike even further. Capitol. People familiar with the president’s comments said he’s not disparaging other Democrats when privately making the case that they can’t beat Trump. But, as compelling as the January 6th committee hearings have been, the panel is not set up to provide accountability; its role is to document, to gather evidence, and to tell the public a story that it urgently needs to hear. The Department of Justice might yet force Trump and his circle to face real consequences for their actions—it does appear to be actively investigating their role. A White House official echoed Biden’s private remarks, saying of another matchup with Trump: “He beat him before. Credit. But it remains hard to imagine that Biden and his Attorney General, Merrick Garland, will choose to indict a former President for the first time in history. In 2003, the bodies of 19 migrants were found in a sweltering truck southeast of San Antonio.

Unlikely, of course, does not mean impossible. But he did, and can again. Just ask Putin, who has long benefitted from the underestimation of those who thought he would never take the unlikely actions he has taken. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades for The New York Times But Biden administration officials insist the plan is their best chance to deprive Mr. An accurate threat assessment is the first step in any of this. “He’s the strongest candidate,” Terry McAuliffe, former Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, said of Biden. Liz Cheney, the select committee’s vice-chair, offered one on Wednesday night: “we are confronting a domestic threat we have never faced before . .” Some of Biden’s top political allies have also stepped in to help quiet talk of finding a new standard-bearer in 2024, reminding the party of his continued strengths with key constituencies. Yellen said in a news release, “in a way that dampens the impact of Putin’s war on the U. Fire Chief Charles Hood said they were hot to the touch and dehydrated, and no water was found in the trailer.

. a former President who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic. “This is a president every bit as capable of leading us if re-elected in 2024 as he was in 2020,” Sen.” Biden, for his part, is pretty clear-eyed these days when it comes to Putin—he dropped his name repeatedly in his summit-ending news conference with reporters, on Thursday—but, as is now his habit, he did not mention either Trump or the week’s dramatic testimony.” To understand why the West has settled on this complicated, untested idea for its latest attempt to combat both Russian aggression and the that has swamped global consumers, it is helpful to revisit some basic economics. In fact, he rarely mentions Trump and the serious ongoing threat he poses at all., said. Biden even got indignant when a reporter asked him whether American instability and political dysfunction has now become a pressing concern for its allies.” “This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy,” he said.

“America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been,” he blustered. James Clyburn, D-S. The only “destabilizing” factor, he insisted, was the Supreme Court’s decision throwing out Roe. That is disingenuous at best., has also reiterated in recent weeks that he stands with Biden, telling The Wall Street Journal , “I don’t care who goes to New Hampshire or Iowa, I’m for Biden and then I’m for Harris—either together or in that order. America’s ongoing internal political crisis is the single most destabilizing factor in the world today. And Biden knows it. Indeed, the president’s aides are mindful of other Democrats making moves that could position them for a 2024 campaign if Biden chooses not to run, or perhaps even if he does. Castro said he had already discussed the situation with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

All the weapons shipments to Ukraine, all the tough talk about Putin and about America as the guarantor of international stability—these will mean nothing if American democracy falters. And falter it will if Trump returns to power. Gavin Newsom — seem to be leaving their options open. So why won’t Biden just come out and say it? Why bother pretending that, except for the Supreme Court, everything is just fine in the United States? The time is late, for words and actions. ♦ New Yorker Favorites . Aides make the case that a GOP takeover of Congress could even portend a successful re-election effort, noting how Obama and then-President Bill Clinton rebounded after midterm setbacks in 2010 and 1994, respectively, by using a Republican-led Congress as a foil on the campaign trail.