Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The U.S. Government’s Embarrassingly Unserious Response to Russia; Those ‘Swift and Severe Costs’ on Russia Look Awfully Gradual and Moderate So Far; Kamala Harris Slammed for ‘word salad’ Response to Ukraine-Russia Questions

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The U.S. Government’s Embarrassingly Unserious Response to Russia:
Is the U.S. government capable of seriousness in a crisis? Is Vice President Kamala Harris capable of speaking in something other than empty platitudes? Is President Biden or his administration capable of not fumbling the ball at the 5-yard line? Are the American people prepared to demand seriousness from their government?
This tweet from the U.S. embassy in Kyiv should cost people their jobs:
Leave aside the truth of the historical argument or point or what have you (the U.S. government is, apparently, trying to make the point that Russian or Eastern Slavic civilization originated with the Kievan Rus’ in the ninth century before it appeared in the Russian heartland around Moscow), the fact that our government is focused on sh** posting memes while Russian tanks are massing for a major invasion of European country and while Russian troops are currently engaged in a deadly serious occupation of several parts of eastern Ukraine is, frankly, embarrassing. --->READ MORE HERE
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Those ‘Swift and Severe Costs’ on Russia Look Awfully Gradual and Moderate So Far:
January 21: “U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said after talks with Russia’s foreign minister on Friday that Moscow would face a “swift, severe and a united response” if it invades Ukraine.
February 12, from the White House readout of a call between President Biden and Putin: “President Biden was clear that, if Russia undertakes a further invasion of Ukraine, the United States together with our Allies and partners will respond decisively and impose swift and severe costs on Russia.”
February 19, Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking at the Munich Security Conference: “We have prepared, together, economic measures that will be swift, severe, and united.”
Got that? Swift and severe! Swift and severe!
And then today, the White House unveiled the “first tranche” of sanctions, targeting two major Russian state-owned financial institutions, imposing additional restrictions on Russian sovereign debt, and sanctioning five Kremlin-connected elites. Obviously, the Biden administration can take additional steps and indicated it will do so in the coming days. --->READ MORE HERE
Kamala Harris slammed for ‘word salad’ response to Ukraine-Russia questions:
Vice President Kamala Harris was mocked after she appeared unprepared to discuss the Ukraine crisis during a Q&A with reporters at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
“I mean, listen, guys, we’re talking about the potential for war in Europe,” Harris said at one point Sunday in response to a question about how the Biden administration saw the situation’s “endgame” playing out.
“I mean, let’s really take a moment to understand the significance of what we’re talking about,” the veep went on. “It’s been over 70 years. And through those 70 years … there has been peace and security. We are talking about the real possibility of war in Europe.”
Twitter user Jon Will Chambers summed up the thoughts of many by asking: “Did I just watch Kamala Harris claim there has been peace in Europe for 70 years?”
Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy pointed out on Twitter that those 70 years of “peace and security” included the Yugoslavian civil wars of the 1990s, “as well as Russia’s attacks on Georgia & Ukraine.” --->READ MORE HERE
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