Some of Donald Trump’s fiercest critics said that he was too cozy with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Now that Putin appears to be on the verge of invading neighboring Ukraine, however, those pundits are suspiciously silent when it comes to criticizing Joe Biden.
After all, the current administration seems to be ignoring Ukrainian pleas to impose serious sanctions against Russia and its leader.
As for Biden’s foreign policy regarding Russia, there has been plenty to denounce.
Among the most notable examples was his effort to restart a controversial oil pipeline that would give Russia a strategic regional advantage.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tackled this and other issues in his recent excoriation of the current White House.
As the Daily Caller explained:
Cruz pointed out that in 2019, sanctions against the Nordstream 2 pipeline passed in Congress with “overwhelming bipartisan support”, essentially preventing Putin from completing the pipeline.
“That pipeline was dead for over a year until Joe Biden became president and Putin began building that pipeline again on January 24, 2021, four days after Biden was sworn into office. Why? Because he knew what was going to happen…which was that Joe Biden formally waived sanctions on Russia, on Putin, and gave the green light to build Nord Stream 2,” Cruz explained.
“That is why we have over 100,000 troops and Russian tanks on the border of Ukraine preparing to invade. That’s why we’re on the brink of war in Europe,” Cruz stated.
When asked why Congress hasn’t been able to agree on sanctions against Russia, Cruz asserted, “Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill and personally lobbied Democratic senators to vote against Russian sanctions. That’s why we’re facing this invasion. Joe Biden becoming president is the best thing that ever happened, tragically, for Vladimir Putin.”
Amid the current tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border, many experts say that preemptively imposing sanctions could deter Putin from launching a full-fledged invasion.
Meeting with President Biden won’t change Putin’s calculus. Sanctions should be imposed now—before Russia invades Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/PnVVitwWuF
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 21, 2022
“Biden, sanctions now!"
— Bloomberg Originals (@bbgoriginals) February 21, 2022
Despite the seriousness of the situation, however, Biden and his cronies say that sanctions should not come until Russia invades Ukraine.
According to Newsy:
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the U.S., and other allies, to impose sanctions against Russia now before an invasion occurs. Zelenskyy said he fears sanctions imposed afterwards would not be as effective.
Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded to Zelenskyy, stating that the U.S. did not want to unveil the sanctions ahead of time for fear it would “allow Russia to plan against them.”
“Until the tanks are actually moving, the planes are actually flying, the bombs are actually dropping, we’re going to do everything we can with diplomacy and deterrence and dissuasion to get President Putin to reverse the decision we believe he’s made,” Blinken said.
Here’s why Cruz thinks Putin has become even more emboldened since Trump left office.
Do you think Biden is making the world a more dangerous place?