Biden puts 8,500 U.S. troops on alert as he gropes toward Russia policy

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Eric Klaumenzer, from Sacramento, California, observes flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, June 8, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Haydn N. Smith)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Eric Klaumenzer, from Sacramento, California, observes flight operations aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, June 8, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Haydn N. Smith)

While Joe Biden lets literally millions of foreigners break through America’s largely unprotected southern border in what has to be one of the largest such invasions ever, he’s apparently not going to stand for any such aggression against Ukraine.

The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday confirmed Biden has been briefed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on what steps the U.S. could take as Russia exhibits more and more of an aggressive posture against Ukraine.

Experts believe an invasion may be imminent and Russia could end up with a takeover of Ukraine as it did with Crimea not that long ago.

Fox News documented that several thousand American soldiers now are on “heightened preparedness” in the developing standoff.

The report said some 8,500 troops were put on heightened readiness – and no decisions had been made when or how to deploy them, yet.

“Secretary Austin has placed a range of units in the United States on a heightened preparedness to deploy, which increases our readiness to provide forces if NATO should activate” a NATO National Response Force, according to the Pentagon press secretary, John Kirby.

The NRF is a quick-moving force that includes land, air and sea components that act as Special Operations Forces.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the current situation in Europe,” Kirby explained. “We remain keenly focused on Russia’s unusual military activities near the Ukrainian border, including in Belarus, and consulting extensively with our transatlantic allies and partners. The department continues to support diplomatic efforts to deescalate the situation.”

Kirby added, “Now, as the president has said, even as we continue to prioritize diplomacy and dialogue, we must also increase readiness in support of its obligations to the security and defense of NATO and the security of its citizens abroad.”

Options apparently include bomber flights over the region, ships dispatched to the Black Sea and troops and equipment moved from other regions to Poland, Romania and other Ukraine neighbors, according to a report from NBC News.

The problem is that Moscow already has an estimated 100,000 troops at its border with Ukraine and diplomacy so far has had an impact so small that almost cannot be measured.

NATO did confirm that several allies planned to dispatch troops, with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg confirming the coalition plans to take “all necessary measures to protect and defend all allies.’

NBC has revealed that Biden’s State Department already is urging Americans to leave Ukraine, as it expects to be unable to fully evacuate those who want to leave should the expected conflict erupt.

The Daily Mail reported officials in Ukraine already were upset with the Biden administration for its decision to withdraw some embassy staff and family members.

The decision to provide an alert to 8,500 followed reports that Biden wants to send U.S. soldiers to the region. Biden was scheduling a telephone call with European officials on the potential for conflict.

Those expected to attend were European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, President Emmanuel Macron of France, Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany, Prime Minister Mario Draghi of Italy, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Andrzej Duda of Poland, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, the Mail reproted.

The report noted Biden may actually be considering sending up to 50,000 American soldiers, as well as aircraft and warships – into harm’s way.

While Biden is expected to review a plan to send American soldiers to that region, it’s well-known that entering a military conflict distracts the American public’s attention from most other issues, such as Biden’s catastrophically low approval rating heading into this year’s midterms, the southern border crisis, inflation, his own agenda’s failure, a diminution of American status around the world, the ongoing COVID disaster and more.

The New York Times suggested that Biden’s dispatch of American troops might not actually have them moved directly to Ukraine, because of his deeply problematic removal of American troops of Afghanistan earlier.

That left hundreds of Americans and tens of billions of dollars worth of American war machinery in the hands of the terrorists in the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Russia has not let up in its faceoff with the Western world: It plans live-fire sea drills of the coast of Ireland in just weeks.

The report noted the U.S. has been flying spy planes over Ukraine for months already, and, “Biden specifically is interested in using spy planes to find indications on whether Russia is considering or has already deploying nuclear weapons to the border with Ukraine. Russian officials have warned of this potential.”

The U.K. over the weekend suggested that Moscow was preparing to install a puppet government in Ukraine – should an invasion occur.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said consultations were developing with allies on “diplomacy, deterrence and defense.”

She explained “all scenarios” were being reviewed.

“We have always said we would reinforce our allies on the eastern flank and those conversations and discussions have certainly been a part of what our national security officials have been discussing with their counterparts now for several weeks,” she said.

WND reported when Biden, during a news conference, essentially gave Russia a greenlight to move ahead with its Ukraine strategy.

He apparently endorsed a “minor” incursion by Russia as being all right, prompting a multitude of reactions.

The New York Post editorial board described Biden’s appearance as a disaster.

Fox reported, “Perhaps the most startling comment of the evening was Biden’s response to a question about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden said that while he believes an invasion is imminent, the United States is prepared to impose significant economic consequences should Russia move forward. But, he clarified, a ‘minor incursion’ by the Russians would elicit a softer response from the U.S. than that of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.”

That prompted National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin to comment, “Biden is attacking the legitimacy of American elections while signaling Putin to try a ‘minor incursion’ in Ukraine. None of this is normal. None of this is OK.”

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