The Ukraine scenario is well-understood. Trump was actively keeping Putin inside his borders, because we saw from the Obama years that Putin really wanted more of Ukraine after getting a taste of the Crimea.mcommini wrote: ↑13 Aug 2022, 08:20So far as I can see, Biden has been the most absolutely useless president we've had during my lifetime. I've just enough libertarian left in my political views that makes him my favorite president so far.Del wrote: ↑12 Aug 2022, 09:36
Pick a policy - any policy. Any issue that important to you. And tell me how that problem or issue is better now under Biden than it was under Trump.
There are a few that I can think of.... if pro-abortion is your vital one thing, then Biden's your man.
But for most issues, I'm pretty sure that most people want our next president to restore what our last president did.
But Trump may have been either smart enough not to get involved with Ukraine, or dumb enough not to care to get involved. That would have been nice.
Trump had America militarily strong and energy-independent. We were building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would unleash the power of Alaska and Canadian oil production. America could supply ourselves and plenty more to export to our allies.
Trump had sanctions preventing Putin from completing Nordstream II pipeline. Europe could rely on American oil and gas, and not be dependent upon Russian oil and gas.
Not to mention, Trump's threats had real teeth in them. Putin didn't dare to invade Ukraine, because that would risk some serious war against America. Plus NATO nations had all beefed up their own militaries, at Trump's insistence.
We have to give Trump credit for being the only President since WWII who didn't get America into a new conflict. He even de-escalated situations in North Korea and the Middle East. It was brilliant statesmanship, using friendly diplomacy and strong threats appropriately.
First day in office, Biden killed Keystone, sanctioned American energy, and lifted the sanctions against Putin's pipeline.
Putin finished his pipeline, securing Europe's dependence upon Russian energy. Even their beefed-up militaries were dependent upon Russian oil. So Putin invaded Ukraine, confident that Biden wasn't strong enough to push back.
Don't take my word for it. This was Ukrainian President Zelensky's very own analysis.