The media has memoryholed this, but Biden gave Putin permission to launch a “minor incursion” into Ukraine. You’d think that would get some mention today, but no; the Enemy Propaganda Media wants everyone to forget.
Of course they’re going to ignore it. “Minor incursion” means something else entirely to CNN staff.
Note that in that unfortunate ad lib (Ice Cream Joey should never ad lib, he should just read what Acting President Klain has scripted for him), Brandon says in the case of a “minor incursion,” we would have to “debate” “what we’d have to do.”
In fact, Brandon seems to have initially categorized this invasion as a “minor incursion,” because his senior officials were publicly “debating” whether or not we’d have to impose the sanctions Brandon had promised in case of an invasion-invasion.
Ali Rogin @AliRoginNEW: In a conference call with reporters on responding to Putin, and what comes next, a senior admin official suggested that Russian troops in Donetsk/Luhansk *alone* may *not* warrant the “swift and severe” sanctions the admin has been previewing.
SAO: “Russian troops moving into Donbas would not itself be a new step. Russia has had forces in the Donbas for the past 8 years.” But the SAO did say there will be additional sanctions imposed tomorrow.
To my ear, this is a new ambiguity that, up until now, the administration has not employed.
After pushback, Brandon is now talking about “severe” sanctions again.
Meanwhile, the media is full of cope, telling itself that Putin must be wishing that Trump was still in office, because Trump would let him take Ukraine, just like… Brandon is doing right now.
Ben Shapiro @benshapiro
Putin ::invades Ukraine::
Eugene Robinson: Man, Putin probably would have invaded Ukraine if Biden weren’t here!
Mark Hemingway @HeminatorActual WaPo headline: “With Biden standing firm, Putin must wonder: Where’s Trump when I need him?”
Putin invaded Ukraine when Biden was veep in February 2014. They’re invading again now. I don’t think Biden is a deterrent.
And of course Putin annexed part of Georgia under Obama and Biden, too. (Thanks to rhomboid for correcting that it was only part of Georgia, South Ossetia to be specific.)
But Trump’s the one he really wants in office, huh?
Former Bush campaign manager and ABC “News” Political Director — and, recently, candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor — Mathew Dowd has announced that blaming Brandon for what happens under Brandon’s watch is officially Treason.
The neoliberals and neocons have teamed up in a Reese’s Cup commercial kind of way: The neoliberals say, “You got your ‘You’re an enemy agent‘ slur in my ‘You’re a racist homophobe misogynist‘ smear!”