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Biden gives Putin a victory with his untenable decision to deny fighter jets to Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that the war with Russia is at a “strategic turning point”. Unfortunately, America and NATO may have missed this. President Joe Bidens decision Refusal to transfer Polish MiG fighter jets to Ukraine is inexplicable and unjustifiable.

Kiev’s heroic resistance to unprovoked aggression has exceeded both pre-war NATO and Russian expectations. Countless Russian mistakes and failures, from strategy to basic logistics, were equally chilling. The Kremlin has failed to meet key objectives, its advance has been slowed or halted, and its casualties are reportedly rising at an alarming rate.

But there is no guarantee that Ukraine can maintain the current stalemate, let alone repel the invasion and restore the status quo ante bellum. It is not enough to say that Zelenskyy is slowly losing, especially when the moment for negotiations comes. Nor is it politically helpful for his supposed allies to publicly deny requests for assistance, such as the MiGs or a no-fly zone over Ukraine, even a partial no-fly zone, to stem the mounting humanitarian tragedy of millions being forced to flee their homes.

Biden’s White House has come up with numerous reasons for denying the MiG transfer, so many that it suggests a desperate attempt to hide the real reason: Biden is being intimidated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Unfortunately, while Biden’s efforts to deter Russia’s invasion failed, Putin’s efforts to prevent the United States from responding adequately have failed been too successful.

In fact, Washington actively considered the Polish MiG transfer and sent signals that it was all but approved. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said so explicitly. CBS host Margaret Brennan asked him on March 6, “If, for example, the Polish government . . . wants to send fighter jets, gets the green light from the US, or do you fear that this will escalate tensions?” answered Blink, “No, that gives the green light. In fact, if they actually decide to make these fighter jets available to the Ukrainians, we are in discussion with our Polish friends about what we might be able to do to meet their needs.”

Ukrainian Presidency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses journalists on March 12, 2022.
Ukrainian Presidency, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses journalists on March 12, 2022.
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Selenskyj criticizes the use of Russia "mercenary" he calls "Syrian killers" to Ukraine.
Zelenskyy accuses Russia of sending “mercenaries” to Ukraine, which he calls “murderers from Syria”.
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In fact, Washington actively considered the Polish MiG transfer and sent signals that it was all but approved. Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said so explicitly. CBS host Margaret Brennan asked him on March 6, “If, for example, the Polish government . . . wants to send fighter jets, gets the green light from the US, or do you fear that this will escalate tensions?” answered Blink, “No, that gives the green light. In fact, if they actually decide to make these fighter jets available to the Ukrainians, we are in discussion with our Polish friends about what we might be able to do to meet their needs.”

The government and its media stenographers worked overtime to shift the blame away from Biden, exposing the weakness of the MiG transmission case. You said Poland could have done it made the transfer alone. Of course, as a reliable ally, Poland wanted reassurance that the leader of NATO – that would be the United States – supported the idea. Otherwise, Biden’s team would have complained that Poland had gone rogue.

Next came arguments that Ukraine doesn’t need the planes. The Pentagon said it “just didn’t realize there was any factual justification for this.” But Biden has long made it clear that there would be no US combat role in the war. Why subvert the judgment of those actually engaged in combat when their country’s survival is at stake, especially at no real cost to Washington?

The US had rejected Poland's offer to transfer 28 MiG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's pleading with America and NATO.
The US had rejected Poland’s offer to transfer 28 MiG-29 jets to Ramstein Air Base, despite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s pleading with America and NATO.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his visit to the Aeroflot Aviation Training Complex outside Moscow March 5, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his visit to the Aeroflot Aviation Training Complex outside Moscow March 5, 2022.
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Finally, the real argument: Biden feared he would cross a Putin red line, risking all-out war in Europe. However, we are already risking this war by delivering anti-aircraft and anti-tank systems, reconnaissance and cyber warfare capabilities. All this aid has to cross NATO borders to get to Ukraine, just like the MiGs. Anything less than Ukraine’s unconditional surrender could displease the Kremlin. There is no legal, moral, or military justification for rejecting the MiGs, allowing support for other advanced weapons, only fear and sophistry.

In fact, the administration is also eager to leak that it is considering alternative forms of help. No doubt a steady increase in rhetorical bombardments, Vice President Kamala Harris’ continued deployment to Europe to bolster our allies’ confidence, increased press conferences at the White House and Pentagon, and lengthy phone calls from Biden to Zelensky are all actively being considered.

We cannot accurately measure the intangible impact of Biden’s rejection of the MiG transfer on morale in both Kyiv and Moscow. However, it would be amazing if Zelenskyy’s advisers and the Ukrainian military were not dismayed and Putin delighted. Regardless of the exact operational value of the Polish MiGs, such a tangible sign of American and NATO support could have been inspirational. With both MiGs and no-fly zones off the table, Ukraine’s options are narrowing.

The White House has come up with several excuses as to why they turned down the Ukrainian's request.
The White House has come up with several excuses as to why they turned down the Ukrainian’s request.
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Pentagon officials rightly recall Clausewitz’s insight: “In war everything is very simple, but the simplest is difficult.” Biden took a simple idea, made it difficult, and then discarded it. congratulations.

John Bolton was President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser from 2018 to 2019 and US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006.

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