Biden’s Confederate State Must Declare New Focus on Military and Energy

Expect thunderous applause Tuesday night as President Joe Biden pays tribute to the outnumbered and outnumbered Ukrainians who resisted the Russian invasion.

But words like “liberal” and “democracy” – which Biden invoked on Thursday in praise of these heroes – are not enough. Words must be supported by military might and energy dominance.

Russian President Putin’s predatory ambition will not stop with Ukraine. He is likely keeping an eye on Latvia, Lithuania and other Eastern European countries that were once dominated by the Soviet Union and are now part of NATO.

To ensure NATO meets this challenge together, Biden should announce a 180-degree turn in US energy policy and shift military priorities from status to readiness.

NATO’s existence seemed to be in doubt until its second largest member, Germany, suddenly turned upside down last week. Calling the invasion of Ukraine a “turning point,” Prime Minister Olaf Scholz announced that Germany must stop relying on Russian energy, increase military spending and reassess its economic entanglements with Russia.

Scholz’s bold moves are the first sign that the NATO alliance will survive. After all, Germany has turned itself into an energy source. It shut down coal-fired power plants, banned smelting altogether, shut down nuclear power facilities, and became 40% dependent on electricity. Russian natural gas to heat its house.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz comments on Russia’s attack on Ukraine during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, February 22, 2022.
A Ukrainian soldier and vehicle
A Ukrainian soldier inspects a damaged military vehicle after the battle in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, February 27, 2022.
AP Photo / Marienko Andrew

When the invasion of Ukraine began, Germany wavered, begging the US not to include energy products in economic sanctions against the Russians and sending 5,000 laughable helmets to Ukraine.

But Scholz had epiphany. Now it’s Biden’s turn.

Biden and Democrats spent the last year tearing up America’s energy independence: suspending new drilling on federal lands, shutting down the Keystone pipeline and signaling policies that would discourage investment. into fossil fuel production. It makes us energy eunuchs. The United States is producing 1.5 billion barrels a day less than its pre-pandemic peak. Prices skyrocketed because demand outstripped supply. You are paying for it at the pump.

Russian President Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, February 21, 2022.
a Keystone pipeline facility
Biden spent last year tearing up America’s energy independence by shutting down the Keystone pipeline.
AP Photo / Jeff McIntosh

Months ago, Biden actually called on the Russians to increase their oil production. Music reaches Putin’s ears: many US dollars can turn into a Russian bullet.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was a 3 a.m. wake-up call for the United States to become energy independent at home and a major supplier of energy – mainly liquefied natural gas – to Europe. Putin certainly chuckled when US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry urged countries to stop producing fossil fuels while Russia became an energy superpower.

Don’t count on NATO allies to stand up to Putin if Russia can turn off their heat.

Mark Milley
Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley speaks during a press conference to the media at the Pentagon, Friday, January 28, 2022, in Washington.
Photo Ap / Alex Brandon

In Tuesday’s message, Biden should also ask for military preparations. Democrats have pushed for a reduction in defense spending, and before the invasion, Biden wanted to level it. US Ground Forces ranked well in recent times Report of the Office of General Liabilitybut the Navy is in urgent need of maintenance and new shipbuilding.

It’s not just about money. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley recently testified that under Biden, the military has employed nearly 6 million people to tackle climate change, diversity and extremism. Meanwhile, the Air Force and Navy are cutting pilot training hours. Air Force reports have reduced hours worked “below what is needed to maintain a high level of proficiency.”

That’s good news for Putin – pilots know more about wakes than planes with wings.

Chinese President Xi Jinping,
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk to each other during their meeting in Beijing, Friday, February 4, 2022.
Photo AP / Alexei Druzhinin

Biden should also question whether doing business with predatory nations like Russia, and even China, is shooting itself in the foot. It innocently enriches the economies and arsenals of nations that want to bring us down.

On Tuesday night, millions will listen to Biden – in the US, across Eastern Europe, where people fear Putin’s next moves, and even in China, where President Xi Jinping is provoking Biden.

So far, Putin and Xi, who signed a joint cooperation agreement on February 4, have smelled blood in the country because of Biden’s weakness. What they and the world need to hear from Biden is positive action. The uplifting words of freedom and democracy will not be enough. Biden needs to call for energy independence and military readiness. Nothing less will do.

Betsy McCaughey is a former governor of New York.

Twitter: @Betsy_McCaughey Biden’s Confederate State Must Declare New Focus on Military and Energy


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