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Biden Begins Blame Game as Ukraine War Enters Pivotal Phase

AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Berman

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Since Russia’s invasion in February, Joe Biden has tried to claim credit for the Ukrainian people’s brave resistance. The Ukrainian ambassador was invited to the State of the Union. Ukrainian flags and colors have adorned Democratic elected officials and White House staff. Yet if British Prime Minister Palmerston’s remark that “nations have no long term friendships, only interests” were to be adjusted to describe Joe Biden and his team, it would be something along the lines of “Joe Biden has no long-term friends, only future scapegoats for upcoming failures.” Sadly, it appears Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy may be next on Biden’s list of betrayals. Biden, who is holding up heavy weapons deliveries to Ukraine, is already blaming Zelenskyy for not heeding his warnings about the Russian invasion, while senior officials are suggesting that if the Ukrainians do not retreat in the face of the Russian invasion, as Biden urged Zelenskyy to do before the war, they will face certain defeat – which according to the Biden White House, will be solely Ukraine’s fault. With this administration, the buck always stops somewhere else.

At a fundraiser this past weekend, Joe Biden bizarrely unloaded on the Ukrainian President for ignoring repeated warnings of an impending Russian invasion. “I know a lot of people thought I was exaggerating,” Biden said at the event in Los Angeles. “And there was no doubt, and Zelenskyy didn’t want to hear it, nor did a lot of people. I understand why they didn’t want to hear it, but he went in,” Biden continued. The remarks provoked outrage among Ukrainian officials who contested both their accuracy and propriety.

Biden’s remarks “probably need clarification,” the Ukrainian Presidential office said, with Presidential Spokesman Sergei Nikiforov adding, “In addition, if you remember, the President of Ukraine called on partners to impose a package of preventive sanctions to encourage Russia to withdraw troops and de-escalate the situation. And here we can say that our partners ‘did not want to hear us.’” Another Zelenskyy adviser, Myhailo Podoliak rebuked Biden for blaming a country more than a hundred days into an invasion for being attacked.

It would be easy to write off Biden’s remarks as just another gaffe. The President is apt to blame others for his own failures, as is evidenced by media coverage in which he has thrown his own staff under the bus to explain his low-poll ratings, a failure to communicate his agenda, and the slow progress of legislation. Biden apparently feels that by blaming Zelenskyy for not heeding his “warnings”, he can in some way absolve himself of his own guilt for having taken real no action to avert the invasion he knew was coming. But in this case, the blame game may be another in a long line of self-inflicted political wounds, given that Zelenskyy is currently a far more popular figure among Americans than Biden.

Yet there seems to be something more to Biden’s remarks, and it is not just Joe Biden who has a tendency to respond to failure by blaming those he failed. It is an attitude common to the entire administration, evident during the Afghan withdrawal when Jake Sullivan and other national security officials were quick to blame the Afghan Army for the chaotic collapse, and European allies for the disorganized and incomplete evacuation, with an implication that the U.S. military, too, had “lost the war.”

Biden’s remarks come on the heels of a broadside of leaks from the administration attacking the Ukrainian war effort, strategy, use of resources, and prospects. On June 8, the New York Times published an article under the title “US Lacks a Clear Picture of Ukraine’s War Strategy, Officials Say,” in which U.S. intelligence officials, clearly with the approval, if not under the instructions of, the White House, systematically suggested that Ukraine was failing to adequately share information, that these failures were making it harder to supply arms to Ukraine, and that if, as it implied was likely, Ukrainian forces in the East fell back, it would be their own fault for not cooperating better. On June 11, the Washington Post reported “Russia is likely to seize control of the entire Luhansk region of Ukraine within a few weeks, a senior U.S. defense official said, as Ukraine sustains heavy casualties and its supplies of ammunition dwindle.”

Knowing how this administration operates, these reports are ominous. Experience, whether with Afghanistan, Build Back Better, or even the domestic dynamics of the administration, indicates that when the Biden team sees trouble approaching, their response is not to plan how to prevent it, but rather to publish leaks to the media that they predicted it, so when it happens it will be someone else’s fault. The quantity of these statements therefore is the best sign that the administration expects bad news in the near future.

Ironically, contrary to Biden’s claims to his LA donors, the administration actually has quite a poor record when it comes to predictions regarding Ukraine and Russia. The administration predicted that Ukraine would collapse quickly and was leaking to the press about plans for whether the U.S. would back an anti-Russian insurgency following a Ukrainian defeat back in January, and urged Zelenskyy and his government to flee in the event of a Russian invasion before the war. It seems quite a good thing for everyone that Zelenskyy wasn’t paying much attention to what Biden was telling him in January and February because not only was it wrong, but because Russia would control Kyiv and potentially most of Ukraine had he done so. On February 24, U.S. officials were openly briefing that they expected Kyiv to fall within 96 hours.

This is not to say we should dismiss any bad news emerging from the Donbass. Sadly the dynamics of the conflict are playing much more to Russia’s strengths than the earlier phases. The Russians are now on the offensive on only one front, negating the wasteful process of relocating formations hundreds of miles from one area to another. They can control the tempo, allowing units to rest while attacking where units are fresh. By contrast, Ukrainian forces are forced to respond to Russian attacks wherever they occur, potentially creating new openings. To break this, Ukraine either needs to take the offensive itself or fall back.

The Ukrainians, however, have been taking the offensive, launching a major attack against Kherson. It is the Biden administration which has held up the delivery of heavy weapons which would allow the Ukrainians to go on the offensive, out of fear they might be used to hit targets in Russia. Whether it is out of genuine concern for escalation, or a belief the Ukrainians cannot succeed in attacking and should fall back, the Biden administration seems to be withholding those weapons to eliminate option #1 in the hope Ukraine adopts option #2, withdrawal. And all of these leaks either are efforts to pressure the Ukrainians into making it a reality or blaming them for the consequences if they do not listen to advice.

Biden’s bad advice before the war was merely unhelpful to Ukraine, as long as Kyiv ignored it. But now it seems to be being used to undermine Ukrainian morale and is being tied to holding up weapons deliveries unless Kyiv follows Biden’s (bad) advice. This is not just passively aggressively shifting blame for a potential disaster, but it risks actually helping to bring one about. If that is what happens, we have already heard the line. Biden will say the Ukrainians should have listened to his warnings about Russia and run away.

Daniel Berman is a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also writes as Daniel Roman.


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D.H.
1 month ago

Biden! Grow some MAN ‘NADS and become a man for once in your very long, pathetic life. Own up to your own mistakes and quit blaming others for your failures! IMHO

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! TRUMP2024!

D.H.
1 month ago

I don’t and won’t trust anything that ol’ slow joe says or does. He’s a blithering fool who’s being played by his puppeteers.The problem is he knows it, and it appears he’s enjoying being played by his liberal crowd.

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! TRUMP2024!

Hal
1 month ago

To me it was obvious, especially in hindsight, that Putin and the Ruskies were gearing up to expand their control and dominating influence in the East Euro-West Asian areas when they took over Crimea. Alarmingly, I sense a plan of aggression ala Nazi/Germany WWII flavor. The only plus I can think of is that China is probably noting what is going on and getting uneasy about it. I’m pretty confident that Putin launched the war campaign with more confidence that he wouldn’t have to worry about interference from China Joe Hidin’ Biden.

Dr.Zorro
1 month ago

What would one expect from a dummy disguised as a man who was not elected as the president? He is nothing but a controlled puppet working for a mystery group of demons who care nothing for America but want to destroy it and make it a socialist state. Look at what this scruff bag has done in his so-called political life… nothing honorable, he is just an immoral little man associated with like-kind (Cluck Summer, the Clinton’s, Jeff Epstein, and alike.) His son Hunter reflects on him in every way.

John Boley
1 month ago

I believe President Trump was impeached for holding money back from Ukraine. Why is President Biden not getting impeached for holding weapons approved to ship to Ukraine for there defense!

Myrna Wade
1 month ago

President Biden could do the best for Americans and Ukraine by just not saying anything.

Darlene
1 month ago

Did Zelenkski fail to send money to the democrats? Seems as though he is no longer the poster child of the ruling party.

Bill C
1 month ago

Easy on the insults to Zelenskyy Joe! You can’t be sure all of the documentation of your dirty dealings they have been destroyed!

D.H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill C

I doubt if his spawn “hunter’s” documentation re: dirty dealings have been destroyed either.

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! TRUMP2024!

Huey6367
1 month ago

A mature adult takes responsibility for his/her actions. A child, either physically or mentally, blames others.

William Smith
1 month ago

I am so amazed that Biden and his wanna be administration is still in the white house , they are doin more harm to this country and the world then any other president in the history of America. We all know that obummer is also behind this mess , it funny how he keeps showing up in the white house like he never left . Obummer is just as incompetent as Biden and his administration what a big cluster **** this has become.

edward
1 month ago
Reply to  William Smith

there’s a lot of totalitarian money backing these guys.

Bob
1 month ago

Can you kiss Zelenskys behind more in this article? You can probably find a way. What a moron the author is, ignoring the biolabs and provocations from Nato. And while people in our country are struggling with gas prices, baby formula and pro-death terrorism you want more aid to Ukraine? I got a bridge to sell you.

Bill C
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

I thing the big bucks going to Ukraine is just Brandon’s way of paying back favors that benefited prominent Demonrats, using taxpayers money!

Walt
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Amen Bob…..folks…..this is not our war……two Americans are believed to have been captured by the Russians…..they had no business being there……my heart goes out to their families……now we will spend who knows how much time trying to recover them and how much a**-kissing to the Russians to get them back……again….THIS Is NOT OUR WAR

Solomon Countryman
1 month ago

I do not believe anything coming out of the Socialist Democrat White House and Congress. I will not start now!

Throw the socialist bums and their Rhino friends out starting November 2022 and 2024. Conservatives must to stand up to the BIG LIE and socialist tyranny and start believing again in conservative values and culture.

Harry
1 month ago

What an ignorant ass! If assassinations were legal he would be gone, but somebody at least give him a lobotomy!

Richard Minetti
1 month ago

Biden is a real POS and nothing he says is ever anywhere near the truth! He is a typical lying Democrat and needs his mouth washed out, together with that other lying POS, Shucky Schumer!

republicanforlife
1 month ago

Remember that song “the blame game” well insert biden. biden biden fe fi fo biden…….
joey has never had an original thought in all his years in politics. he is simply an leftist tool.

Jake the snake
1 month ago

Biden and the democrats are always blaming someone.

It is getting really old.

BAE
1 month ago

Hmm, let’s face it Joe Biden has never cared about taking care of the working tax payer. He has never done anything, except be who he is a corrupt, self serving liar out for more money and power…….phony Joe Biden our pres. Reelect me. I’ll do more HARM.

pgreg
1 month ago

It is time that the Ukraine President learn that our current president will toss anyone under the bus. He needs no reason, it is just the way he is. If we have promised him more heavy weapons then we should just give them to him. Maybe we could just toss in our current president and see if the Ukraine has any use for him. We don’t.

Jake the snake
1 month ago
Reply to  pgreg

Well if we had some of the two billion in assets we left for the taliban that world be nice right now.

Damn democrats screw up everything they touch

D.H.
1 month ago
Reply to  Jake the snake

Not just demoncrats…. let’s just say “liberals”. Democrats are liberals… IMHO

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!
FJB! TRUMP2024!

Ruth
1 month ago

N o matter what, the fact that Ukraine celebrated a week long beach party the moment America’s $40B was delivered, while we struggle to put food on our tables and roofs over our heads, tells me it’s all about the $$$ and not about security. Nice try, Zelenskyy.

Granny26
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruth

I don’t like or trust Zelensky….he is an ass. I do feel sorry for the people of Ukraine though.

republicanforlife
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruth

the big guy gets 10%.

Solomon
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruth

Nonsense! And what a bunch of hypocrites these socialist democrats are when the Big Guy gets 10% and god know how much Hunter and the rest of the Biden crime family gets from our enemies. It’s about the money huh?

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

Mahadeva, Hindu goddess destroyer of worlds, I can’t find one for a destroyer of a country.

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