(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) President Joe Biden at his Wednesday press conference apparently gave Russia permission to roll through the Ukraine, and his response to a question about what should give Moscow henchman Vladimir Putin pause from doing just that was equal parts jarring, confusing and horrifying.
“Russia will be held accountable if it invades,” Biden said, adding, “And it depends on what it does.”
Wait – what?
“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do,” Biden said. “But if they actually do what they’re capable of doing with the forces amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.”
If they further invade Ukraine?
Biden’s stumbling ambiguity and interlaced incoherence left Ukrainian officials “aghast,” according to CNN, with one official saying he was “shocked that the US President Biden would distinguish between incursion and invasion” and suggest that a minor incursion would not trigger sanctions.
“This gives the green light to Putin to enter Ukraine at his pleasure,” the official said.
“Kyiv is stunned,” he said, referring to the Ukrainian government.
If Ukrainian officials watched the rest of Biden’s presser, they were likely left less stunned than terrified.
“One poll I’m at 5 percent, one poll I’m at 49 percent,” Biden said when asked about his plunging popularity.
“I mean the idea that, um…”
At which point Biden slipped into a painfully awkward five-second trance to come up with, “The American public are trying to sift their way through what’s real and what’s fake.”
After twisting through an explanation for why mainstream media’s popularity is nearly as abysmal as his own, Biden trailed off into a fog.
“Again, I’m no expert at any of this,” Biden said, “but the fact is I think you have to acknowledge that what gets covered now is necessarily a little bit different than what gets covered in the past.
“I’ve had a couple — oh, I shouldn’t get into this,” Biden rasped.
“But the nature, not… ” he continued, his eyes clenched, searching for that next lucid thought. And failing, miserably.
“… the nature of the way things get covered,” he croaked.
That’s the dementia-laden performance aghast Ukrainian officials witnessed, moments after Biden had declared it was copacetic if their country was just a little bit invaded by Russia.
It’s the same performance Putin saw, watching from some fortified bunker, licking his chops, cleaning his AK-74M, and wondering when to pull the trigger on the hapless boob bumbling through a press conference.
This is very hard to watch. pic.twitter.com/8OXkG9yweu
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 19, 2022