Biden's big mouth
Not just the wall-to-wall smile, but what comes out of it...
Oh boy. “Regime change.” In Russia.
The neo-clowns on both right and left (what’s become the grotesque “center” of the foreign policy establishment) love themselves a good overthrow followed by a power-vacuum in which to try out and tinker with all their wonderful theories of nation-building, which manifest in the form of massive jenga towers of “democracy” that inevitably collapse and crash into the chaotic oblivion that distinguishes any failed state. Cases in point: Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan.
But now it’s Russia, a nuclear-armed power, and no matter how much the White House tries to walk them back, the words of the President of the United States matter. As former State Department speechwriter Michael Cohen writes in The New Republic: “The fact is—and Biden knows this—if the president says something, it is policy.”
And here’s why that’s a problem as the United States seeks to end the war between Ukraine and Russia:
Cohen goes on: “As Chris Fettweis, a professor of international relations at Tulane University, said to me: ‘I don’t think you want to make a trapped rat any more desperate or paranoid.’ And that’s what Biden has inadvertently done.”
Think about it: Putin’s already playing the nuclear card—what if he decides that the survival of Russia rests with the survival of his regime, and that survival is now under threat? As a matter of official U.S. policy.
Now do we understand why we should probably refrain from talking about “regime change,” all you Beltway blowhards (a.k.a. chickenhawks)?
And what if we could remove him? What comes in his place? Who comes in his place? Someone far worse? Maybe civil war? Chaotic oblivion.
Cautionary Tale 101: It wasn’t too long after NATO took out Libyan dictator Muammar Qadafi in 2011 that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb almost managed to overthrow the government of Mali, using an impressive array of heavy weapons purchased from the vast arsenal that went missing from Libyan munitions depots in the aftermath of Qadafi’s downfall. It took 5000 crack French paratroopers to stop them.
But what if a group like that got access to nuclear material?
A single warhead maybe.
Plenty of al-Qaeda and ISIS in Russia, too.