Jen Psaki, White House Press secretary, has been remarked on by those who pay even the slightest amount of attention. EverAdmit it, her boss DoneAnything can go wrong There is nothing wrong with this, and there are no questions. ThoughtAnything is wrong. She also does it with a smugness that’s irritatingly annoying.
According to what I wrote on Thursday, in an article titled Biden’s Meaningless Pledge Prior to Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Becomes a Cruel Joke, Russia’s full-scale attack against neighboring Ukraine was a foregone conclusion, even as Team Biden continued to beclown itself with the ridiculous assertion that it was not.
Moreover, as I covered in the above piece, Biden himself all but sealed Ukraine’s fate with a carefully-crafted hollow pledge “so detached from geopolitical reality” that it “shook the confidence of allies” and “stunned some in the diplomatic world.”
Our story begins with Psaki predictably and desperately tripping all over her tapdancing self on Wednesday, as reported by my colleague Nick Arama, as she hilariously tried to square the circle following Germany’s announcement this week that it would halt certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nick wrote in May that Biden had lifted sanctions from the Russian-owned firm in charge of the project. Needless to say, Psaki’s performance was pure Psaki.
The stand-up comedy is now.
As the brutal Russian assault continues, with Ukrainian casualties in the hundreds and civilians bearing the brunt of the attack, as reported by Newsweek, Psaki was asked about Team Biden’s overall Russia sanctions “strategy,” dating back to the beginning of Putin’s latest round of threats and subsequent invasion of Ukraine.
Pick your favorite stand-up comic; he or she ain’t got nothin’ on Psaki and her response to a reporter’s question about why the administration steadfastly refused to issue unilateral sanctions against Russia Prior to the invasionUkraine (emphasis mine)
We made the assessment — others can have different assessments — that this would be a way to achieve the outcome that we’ve now achieved.
Other people may have different opinions [but] there’s no proof or evidence that their approach would have worked.
This has worked for us.
Are you all going to try this?
Was ist das? outcome? What are you looking for? whom? What? Measure(s). The desired outcome was achieved How, specifically, has “ours” worked — when and where “others” did not?
Its dishonesty is astounding.
Even worse — or more hilarious, depending on the depth of sickness of one’s sense of humor — Jen Psaki is not the Lone Ranger in the Biden Clown Car’s cadre of stand-up comics and their respective ridiculousness on Russia sanctions relative to Ukraine.
One need look no further than Biden’s feckless Secretary of State Antony Blinken for an example.
As I reported in late January, even after Russia had warned the Ukraine “countdown is underway,” Blinken explained to CNN — AKA: The Most Trusted Name in News™— head wizard Jake Tapper where Team Biden then stood on sanctions, inexplicably suggesting they would have undermined the West’s “leverage.”
The purpose of sanctions is to prevent Russian aggression. So if they’re triggered now, you lose the deterrent effect.
I asked then, and I’ll sure as hell ask, now. HUH?
With 100,000 Russian troops and equipment then massed on the border with Ukraine, Blinken further ‘splained to Jake:
All of the thingsThat we’re doing, including building up in a united way with Europe, massive consequences for Russia, is designed to factor into President [Vladimir] Putin’s calculus and to deter and dissuade them from taking aggressive action, even as we pursue diplomacy at the same time.
Welp, thatAge well?
What is the hardest part? Preemptive sanctionsRussian President Vladimir Putin might have been compelled to reconsider an invasion in Ukraine. The consequences of such an invasion will not be known. We will never know what we could have done. Do you want to know? is that — yet again — the disaster that is the Biden administration has failed spectacularly, despite the protestations of stand-up comic Jen Psaki to the contrary.
Over the past year, we’ve seen positive results from every Biden crisis. These results are clear, from Biden’s Border Crisis to Biden Energy Crisis and Biden Oil Crisis to Biden Afghanistan Debacle to Biden Supply Chain Crisis to Bidenomics to Bidenflation.
Now, for whatever the team’s role, we add the Biden Ukraine Crisis.