Biden Stalks Putin To His Certain Defeat With Strategic Caution!

By Donald A. Collins | 9 July 2023
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The July 7th Washington Post story about Biden’s authoring an enhanced type of weaponry in response to Putin’s continuing use of the same weapon on Ukrainian civilians sparks my satisfaction with Biden’s correct handling of this terribly immoral war (Aren’t they all?).

Here the story from the 7/8/23 Post front page.

This response should remind us of the cautious, yet strategic and unrelenting pressure Biden has brought to the conduct against the Putin invasion of Ukraine. Voices on the left and right calling for more or less pressure ignore Biden’s likely careful adherence to the advice he is getting from his military and from his NATO allies.

Governing from the middle between two radical ends of each party is difficult as this reaction from Biden’s own party proves, but not winning against Putin is not an alternative and the faster we do it the better.

Read here about Biden’s Democratic dissidents.

In Biden’s mobilizing our NATO allies and establishing the indisputable need to defend Ukraine against Putin’s aggression, I am reminded of the importance of Harry Truman’s management of North Korea’s invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950.

I remember that date well as that month lightning struck my house and started it burning. Climbing to the 2nd floor, I made good use of the water from a garden hose that avoided major damage to our house until the fire department arrived.

I mention this personal experience because it was the time when we began to experience major international confrontations which after WW2 came like lightning strikes to our post WW2 world.

Thinking back also allows us to recall our subsequent mistakes which we made in dealing with foreign adventures.

Truman’s actions in response to this unacceptable attack should have set the criteria for future US military participation in foreign interventions, which would have saved us from many disasters most notably illustrated by our defeat in Vietnam.

Truman’s first step on June 27th was get Congressional approval to mobilize a US military response to what was a USSR instigated and supported attempt by North Kora.

Then on June 28th the UN Security Council approved the Truman response and the Korean War was on, but with our allies in agreement, not bare naked as we were on our own in Vietnam.

Read here the full account of the war, which ended in a truce, but never a final peace treaty and we have had to monitor the border between North and South Korea ever since. The armistice meant young men my age had draft cards and if called up had to serve as I did in the Navy right out of college. These cards became a source of youth anger at our later foreign wars.

Our 33rd President, dubbed “Give’m hell Harry”, was lightly regarded at the time of DR’s death, not even briefed on the US development of the atomic bomb. But he had to authorize the dropping of two on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to save an even bloodier effort to conquer the Japanese mainland. He served from 1945 to 1953 and retired to private life unwilling to take advantage of the perks and financial offers former Presidents now routinely receive.

His subsequent recognition as an outstanding President suggests that the presently low rated Biden, who has a stellar record so far in helping America recover from Trump, will also take time to be fully appreciated, hopefully not keeping Biden from gaining a second term.

Trump’s pal Putin already realizes these new powerful weapons from us and our NATO partners are turning the increasing numbers of his army into cannon fodder.

Many are questioning the pace or type of weapons for Ukraine that Biden is providing, but he is wise to follow the advice of his military and keep the tension increasing in a situation that has dangerous implications for a wider war.

None of the expert media commentators I have heard know what Prigozhin the Wagner leader will do or if he will have any effect on Putin’s tenure. Also still in play is how long the oligarchs and the Russian public will tolerate being losers and being international pariahs. Bottom line: Putin is clearly going to lose, perhaps sooner than expected, as the strangle hold of Biden’s strategic stalking tightens.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us” and “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”.

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