The establishment media narrative that the Ukraine crisis is in large part a function of former President Trump allegedly appeasing and colluding with Vladimir Putin couldn’t be further from the truth, contends historian Victor Davis Hanson.
In a column for American Greatness, he writes that “an embarrassed Left now offers some surreal takes on why Putin went into Crimea and eastern Ukraine in 2014 and again into all of Ukraine in 2022 — while mysteriously bookending the four invasion-free Trump years.”
“We are told that hiatus was because Putin got all he wanted from Trump and rewarded him by not invading any of his neighbors,” says Hanson. “Really?”
He poses a series of questions to ponder for those who insist Trump went easy on Putin during his four years in the Oval Office while President Biden is standing strong against the Russian tyrant:
- Were Vladimir Putin and his advisors more or less delighted that their poodle Trump thankfully flooded the world with price-crashing oil?
- They were thankful Trump at least had killed Russian mercenaries in Syria?
- Putin himself was content that the United States got out of his own advantageous missile deal?
- Was he thrilled that Trump sold once taboo U.S. offensive weapons to Ukraine?
- Did the Kremlin grow ecstatic when Trump upped the U.S. defense budget?
- And was Russia especially thankful that Trump jawboned NATO into spending another $100 billion on defense?
- Did Putin clap when Trump killed Soleimani and Baghdadi, and bombed ISIS out of existence?
“We are left being lectured to now by the ubiquitous retired Lt. Col Alexander Vindman, the political operative remonstrating America on its anemic response to saving his native Ukraine,” writes Hanson.
“All this from one of the key operatives of impeaching the one president who, unlike his progressive presidential predecessor, along with the Biden Burisma consortia, really did arm Ukraine and send it offensive weapons embargoed by the Left.”
Hanson says the “useful Vindman may have been offered to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.”
“But he never grasped that any country naïve enough to believe the Left’s empty promises about autonomy and freedom reified by mere liberal fiat will be sorely left all alone by its utopian patrons — once a nearby powerful thug invades.”
Meanwhile, establishment media is reporting “midterm Biden has played the crisis wonderfully.”
“The surreal progressive take on this crisis is that Winston Biden has corn-popped the ‘killer’ Putin, metaphorically taken ‘the bully’ behind the proverbial gym and given him a whomping, slammed his head on the global lunch counter, and in Biden’s deterrent fashion, called him a chump, one of the dregs, a junkie, fat, and a lying dog-faced pony soldier—and capped it all off with ‘You ain’t white!’
“Joe threatened the toughest sanctions in history that on Wednesday would deter an invasion and by Saturday were never meant to at all,” Hanson writes. “But Biden promises someday a ‘conversation’ to decide whether at some time he still will issue the toughest sanctions in history. Until then, he invites Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy safe passage out of Kyiv—the quickest way to destroy the dogged Ukrainian resistance.”
Hanson concludes: “Left unsaid are the years of rapacious Biden family profiteering in Ukraine, a decade of leftist passive-aggressive love and hate of Russia, from obsequious reset to greedy Uranium One to pathetic ‘tell Vladimir . . .’ to unhinged vetoing of sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
“What a crowded road to Kyiv.”
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