As we wait for the Brittney Griner situation to reach its drawn-out conclusion, President Joe Biden has proposed a moved to get Griner out of Russia … but at a terrible cost.
John Kirby from the White House National Security Team confirmed that Biden had approved a plan for Griner’s and Paul Whelan’s swapping of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. Whelan is currently in prison serving a 25-year sentence.
“The president and his team are willing to take extraordinary steps to bring them home,” Kirby said. “We believe it’s important for the American people to know how hard President Biden is working to get Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan home.”
Bout isn’t some low-tier player in the arms dealing world, he was formerly once one of it’s most dangerous and powerful operatives.
Bout, a former Soviet Union pilot became one of the world’s most influential kingpins of arms by seizing large quantities of weapons left behind from the collapsed USSR during the 1990s. By 2006 he was seen as the world’s biggest arms dealer, and was so cunning and destructive he earned the nickname, “The Merchant of Death.” His weapons were primarily used to sustain wars in South America and Africa.
Any sane individual would see this deal and think, “I’m all for freeing American citizens, but we cannot let Bout go free.” Former President Donald Trump basically said the same thing when he went on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.
“She went in there loaded up with drugs into a hostile territory where they’re very vigilant about drugs. They don’t like drugs,” Trump said. “And she got caught. And now we’re supposed to get her out – and she makes, you know, a lot of money, I guess – and we’re supposed to get her out for an absolute killer and one of the biggest arms dealers in the world.”
Trump called WNBA star Brittney Griner, “spoiled,” and implied he wouldn’t have made the deal to get her out of prison in Russia. pic.twitter.com/NYcT5e2Kxd
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) July 31, 2022
Releasing one of the world’s leading arms dealing kingpins is not the way to solve this situation. This would allow him to continue causing havoc in the world and impacting millions of lives with his evil ways.
It is not surprising that Biden even considers this an option, however it is extremely troubling and frightening.