Is President Biden Sending U.S. Troops Into War?
Since the Russian invasion into Ukraine began, many have questioned just how far Russian President Vladimir Putin will go if and when he conquers Ukraine. The Biden Administration has moved 14,000 U.S. troops into surrounding nations around the Ukrainian border. Would Putin attempt invading a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) country next?
You don’t need intelligence to tell you that is exactly what President Putin wants. He’s made clear that he’d like to reconstitute the Soviet empire. Short of that, he’d like to reassert a sphere of influence around neighboring countries that were once part of the Soviet bloc. And short of that, he’d like to make sure that all of these countries are somehow neutral.
ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and Foreign Policy and former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell explained what would happen if Vladimir Putin were to attack the countries that border Ukraine, and Article 5 of the NATO charter was implemented:
It infuriates me that we are having to have this discussion. This was avoidable. When you’re messaging to the world for weeks that there is a bloody war on Wednesday and as an American President, you don’t take peaceful measures like sanctions . . . I would say that is un-American. Americans don’t sit back when there is an absolute blood war killing spree coming. And let’s be very clear, Joe Biden said he was 100 percent in belief that this was a bloody war coming very soon and yet he failed to act. Look, we've got to stand for NATO. If NATO members and Article 5 are not enforced, then I fear the collapse of the whole system.
In a speech yesterday, President Biden announced his move if Article 5 was invoked:
As I made crystal clear, the United States will defend every inch of NATO territory with the full force of American power. And the good news is: NATO is more united and more determined than ever. There is no doubt – no doubt that the United States and every NATO ally will meet our Article 5 commitments, which says that an attack on one is an attack on all.
So, now we are resorting to putting troops on the ground instead of preventative measures that we could have implemented long before it came to this. President Biden openly admitted the sanctions he imposed were not meant to be preventative:
No one expected the sanctions to prevent anything from happening. This could take time and we have to show resolve, so he knows what’s coming and so the people of Russia know what he’s brought on them, this is what this is all about.
Ric added how this Administration had time to develop a sanction regime that could’ve actually deterred Putin:
In summary, I believe that officially Washington has now come into this cycle of crisis and shoving the State Department aside and immediately going to troops and military action. And the State Department exists to avoid war. And when diplomats fail, then we have war. It’s very clear that our diplomats failed. They failed to stop a war. They failed to use every tool that they had available. For some reason officials in Washington raced to military options without utilizing the State Department’s diplomatic measures. I believe that diplomacy with muscle can avoid war and we didn’t have that.
Congressman Bob Good joined Sekulow to discuss what would happen if Putin invaded a NATO country next:
I do think it seems that his intentions are to occupy all of Ukraine, conquer all of Ukraine, decapitate the government, I think in the short run . . . that is where he stays because he will have enough trouble maintaining, absorbing, and managing that, if you will, with their limited resources economically and otherwise. They don’t have a real large army . . . but you’re exactly right to ask that question, because what about the future? We can only imagine the visions of grandeur that President Putin has for the future of Russia or the resurgence of the Soviet Empire . . . that’s why it’s so critical. NATO cannot be a facade. Once NATO is challenged, if and when that were to occur, then if we don’t stand up for all of NATO together, then of course there is no existence of NATO. That is why it is so important for NATO to be imposing, so that Russia would not dare test it.
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