Putin Gets Away With Killing American Journalists
There was a time that the fate of Americans overseas was of great concern to the folks in Washington. Taking Americans hostage or killing them would result in more than diplomatic complaints – or even worse, quiet acquiescence. But that appears to be the case these days.
American video-journalist, Brent Renaud, was shot and killed by Russian soldiers. Later FOX news journalist Pierre Zakrzewski, and freelance journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed when their vehicle was hit by a Russian rocket. And what was the official White House response? Crickets.
President Biden consistently expresses his concern that provoking Vladimir Putin will automatically lead to a third world war. Yes, Biden has placed sanctions on Putin – sanctions that have not deterred the Madman of Moscow in the least.
Putin provokes, threatens, and then laughs as Biden cowers in fear of pissing Putin off. The Russian despot anticipated that Biden would be weak – and he was right.
Many – this writer included – predicted that America’s lack of effective pushback (weakness) against Putin (and others) – with the capstone being the surrender in Afghanistan – would only encourage aggressive activities by America’s adversaries. Now we see that reaction on steroids – and again we are demonstrating a vulnerability to threats and intimidation.
The killing of journalists should have evoked not only the strongest diplomatic condemnation (talk, talk, talk) but a ramped-up response – more sanctions and more support for Ukraine. Minimally, Biden should have released those fighter jets to Ukraine. More weapons and defense systems. We should provide Odessa with the weapon systems that can take out ships since Putin is setting up a sea invasion of that critical port city.
We should have responded to the murder of our journalists as a red line that would reopen the possibility of military intervention – and that all-important no-fly zone.
Putin invades a sovereign democracy … targets civilians … commits war crimes … disrupts the world economy … and what is Biden’s major response? He claims Putin is causing inflation in an attempt to excuse his own culpability in rising prices. Maybe if it was Hunter who got shot, Biden might have seen things differently. The man is a disgrace.
So, there ‘tis.