President Joe Biden's surprise trip to Ukraine this week was intended to shift the focus to one policy area where he has not (yet) failed, but it could have the unintended result of bringing up questions about what exactly the Biden administration's policy is toward Ukraine.
Biden has failed to articulate any goals for U.S. aid to Ukraine, any plans the administration has to accomplish them, and what the U.S. is willing to risk to get there, according to online publication 1945.
Writer Harry Kazianis pointed out that every time Biden gives aid that could make a difference in the war--such as M777 artillery, HIMARS, and M1 Abrams tanks--it is a response to pressure, and by the time the aid is received by Ukraine, its impact is diminished so that it doesn't turn things around, but merely maintains the status quo.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has pointed out repeatedly on his popular Verdict podcast that Biden is funding both sides of the war by giving aid to Ukraine and at the same time lifting sanctions on Iran, which has allowed that country to give drones and other aid to Russia.
Biden has also failed to say how he thinks the war should end; for instance, should Ukraine get all of its land including Crimea back? If so, how far is he willing to go to see that happen?
He has not even pressured the two sides to find a way to peace since shortly after the war began. One might almost think this war is working for him in some twisted way.
It's keeping the world in turmoil and allowing him to send billions in aid (that we don't actually have) while not committing any of our troops to the conflict.
Furthermore, he gets to look like a hero and a champion while everything else he has touched has turned to excrement. Not a bad deal for him, I guess.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (F) also raised questions about Biden's Ukraine policy during national tour that could be the precursor to a 2024 presidential run.
“They have, effectively, a blank-check policy with no clear strategic objective identified,” DeSantis said of the Biden administration on Fox News.
He addressed reports that China could be considering giving lethal aid to Russia, characterizing it as further reason to be more specific about our involvement in the conflict.
These things can escalate and I don’t think it’s in our interest to be getting into a proxy war with China getting involved over things like the borderlands, or over Crimea,” DeSantis said. “So I think it would behoove them to identify what is the strategic objective that they’re trying to achieve. But just saying it’s an open-ended, blank check, that is not acceptable.”
A new Politico report on Wednesday said that Democrats are speculating that Biden may not run for re-election after all, since he still doesn't seem ready to announce an official campaign.
He certainly doesn't seem to be preparing to serve as president for another six years with foreign policy like this.