President Biden’s Re-election is Enmeshed with Ukraine

Impact, perception and narrative

Shankar Narayan

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Ukraine holds the key to the White House (Licensed Image)

If the war in Ukraine continues till November 2024, President Biden will most probably lose and he will totally deserve it. I don’t think we deserve such an outcome, but let us prepare ourselves for the worst of the worst possible scenarios.

President Biden’s track record in national security and foreign policy has been somewhat inconsistent. While his administration has excelled in economic matters, arguably the best I’ve seen in my lifetime, it hasn’t quite matched this success in leveraging American power to decisively impact the global stage.

The haphazard pullout from Afghanistan and the frequent broadcasting of Western apprehensions about Russian escalation to the Kremlin are issues that squarely fall under President Biden’s responsibility.

Statements such as the following are particularly damaging.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, when asked about the administration’s stance on establishing a no-fly zone during the early stages of the war, said, “The President has been very clear that he is not intending to send U.S. troops to fight a war with Russia. And I think what’s important to note here is that is essentially what this would be a step toward, because a no-fly zone would require implementation.”

I understand the intricacies of the task at hand. But there is something called strategic silence. How about: ‘The President has been very clear that he is not intending to rule out any option to stop Russian aggression. All options are discussed. We will be the first to let you know once a decision has been taken’.

But nope.

The White House, seemingly without hesitation, broadcasts its decisions directly to the Kremlin through a metaphorical loudspeaker, fully aware of how the Kremlin might interpret these responses from Washington.

The Biden administration’s approach to Ukraine could be characterized as a series of ‘Never-Ending U-Turns.’ Each time they publicly declared a refusal to provide certain aid to Ukraine, they often reversed these decisions about six months later.

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Shankar Narayan

Lov stats and hate status-quo. Forecasted all the states Biden won in 2020. Correctly forecasted the twin Georgia elections in 2021, House and Senate in 2022.