Opinion | Putin just scored a major victory in Ukraine without firing a single shot

Brett Bruen: Russia-Ukraine tensions need a unified NATO response. But Biden shook the alliance. - @NBCNewsTHINK

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1/23/2022 12:41:00 AM

Brett Bruen: Russia-Ukraine tensions need a unified NATO response. But Biden shook the alliance. - NBCNewsTHINK

The president's words will embolden Vladimir Putin to be even more aggressive and accelerate his asymmetric attacks on other neighboring nations.

In both cases, the American president said only what many had already speculated. But saying the silent part out loud is serious stuff in diplomacy. It’s been clear for months now that Washington would prefer not to get entangled in a significant spat with Moscow. During their summit in Geneva this summer,

Biden essentially told Putin, and later the news media, that as long as he doesn’t meddle as much, we can live with it.This is unfortunately part of a broader, more detached approach to foreign crises that the White House has taken. The Kremlin took it as a major moment to move ahead with an ambitious attempt to assert more control over its neighbors.

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BrettBruen THINK Ukraine is a sovereign nation, not an extension of Russia. Putin is not nostalgic; Ukraine has desirable resources: ports, the Black Sea, trade & strategic military locations. It's a buffer to Russia, & has economical value. Putin wants it. Wake up Biden. BrettBruen THINK Why spend billions of dollars on NATO. The Cold War is over. But we spend billions expanding NATO and inviting other countries to join. Who wins — the defense contractors. Who lose and foot the bill: American tax payers that can even get good health insurance & infrastructure

BrettBruen THINK BrettBruen — u a war monger. So what about Russia places ballistic missiles and nuclear weapon in Cuba and are pointed to US. What will be the reaction? THINK BidenWorstPresidentEver LetsGoBrandon THINK Omg, do better Bruen THINK Trump denied Putin kills journalists, assassinates dissidents, hacks foreign powers, interferes in elections. Then sided with Russia over US intelligence, gave them kompromat on himself, asked for their election interference, & lifted sanctions. But Biden's one sentence did us in

THINK Really? Save your opinion. If the NATO alliance is so flimsy that it can be shaken by questionable word choice, why didn't it fall apart during Donald's 'reign?' THINK The Ukrainians are in an excellent strategic position. There's a chance for the Ukraine people if they can target the former nuclear facility at Chernobyl. That'd be great if the Russians attacked. And NATO would get just what they deserve!👍 This would be a good thing! Fallout!

Biden, Putin might meet to resolve standoff over Ukraine, Blinken says“The president always values leader to leader engagement, but we'll determine if that's the appropriate next step,” press sec. Psaki says when asked about the possibility of Pres. Biden meeting with Russian Pres. Putin to discuss Ukraine-Russia tensions. How did we get here? Oh yeah, this weakling sold us out in Helsinki. Goodbye Ukraine. o7

Would Putin Really Invade Ukraine For This?How the Biden administration’s high-stakes diplomacy to avoid a crisis in Ukraine is going.

Putin Loves to Roll the Dice. Ukraine Is His Biggest Gamble Yet.Putin's saber-rattling over Ukraine is part of his long-time strategy of obfuscation: 'If everything is clear, then immediately his ability to threaten falls” If the MSM says it, it's probably not true. ' SEQUELITIS '

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will stand up to 'dictatorship'Britain on Friday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping that the West would stand together to fight for democracy against dictatorships which it said were more emboldened than at any time since the Cold War. The small cold island has a burning desire to be a great empire once again, but unfortunately fortune forbids, it's all gone with the past & never ever again shall she own colonies all over the world. Britain West who? Must show our strengths against authoritarians.

Biden 'open' to summit with Putin and Zelenskiy as Russia agrees to more talksThe U.S. said it would provide written responses to Russian security demands amid soaring tensions over its military build-up by Ukraine. NATO expansion is similar to China/Russia sponsored military alliance south of the border. Ukraine is Russian backyard.

It’s not just Tucker Carlson. The right’s soft spot for Putin is also well documented.Fox News host Tucker Carlson used his show to spread pro-Russia talking points, bashing President Joe Biden's stance on Ukraine and NATO. Carlson's Kremlin-friendly approach shouldn't surprise anyone. thereidout This is very odd. This is disputed thereidout Yet Biden is the only American president in history to be Russia permission to invade another nation. thereidout

Why Russia could be trying to invade Ukraine — and how Biden could stop it In both cases, the American president said only what many had already speculated. But saying the silent part out loud is serious stuff in diplomacy. It’s been clear for months now that Washington would prefer not to get entangled in a significant spat with Moscow. During their summit in Geneva this summer, Biden essentially told Putin , and later the news media, that as long as he doesn’t meddle as much, we can live with it. This is unfortunately part of a broader, more detached approach to foreign crises that the White House has taken. The Kremlin took it as a major moment to move ahead with an ambitious attempt to assert more control over its neighbors. What should Biden have said? He needed to channel Winston Churchill: Describe in stark terms the gravity of our present predicament. The sovereignty of a nation’s borders is a fundamental principle of international law, and threats to breach them demands more than piling on a few more sanctions, which is the diplomatic equivalent of a slap on the wrist. Biden should have looked past the reporters in the room and straight into the camera, speaking directly to Putin. The Russian leader needed to hear in no uncertain terms that we will use absolutely every asset and technique at our disposal to push his forces out of Ukraine. These include military, intelligence, economic, communications and diplomatic tools. Should he move in, we will massively increase military support to Ukraine, as well as other Russian neighbors. While we may not at this time be willing to put our troops into combat against Russia, the United States can ensure that the result of an invasion would be Putin’s nightmare: a well-fortified eastern front. The West also needs to hit Putin where it hurts. As his aggressive repression of Alexei Navalny and other dissident voices shows, he is most concerned about eroding support among the Russian public. Biden should have announced that if Moscow chooses to carry out a military invasion of Ukraine, we would launch an information invasion of Russia — the kind of messaging that can harm our adversaries rather than ourselves. Every week, the U.S. could release new intelligence about corruption and mismanagement at the Kremlin. Every week, we could increase distribution of Russian language materials on democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Every week, we could flood the internet with satiric content that punctures Putin’s propaganda. Related