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Created by John Eipper on 03/31/22 3:43 AM

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More on Biden's Call for Regime Change in Russia (Cameron Sawyer, USA, 03/31/22 3:43 am)

Regarding Biden's comment on Putin, John E wrote, "Biden spoke from the heart. Who can really say with a clear conscience that Putin deserves to stay in power?"

It's not up to the president of the US to decide who "deserves to stay in power" in foreign countries. It might be one thing coming from the prime minister of, say, Denmark, but Biden is the president of the country which has been in the business of regime change for half a century and more, which organized the demise of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi ("We came, we saw, he died"), Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, countless "targeted killings" by drone, not to mention countless attempted assassinations from Allende to Castro to Milosevic to Patrice Lumumba and many others, which wrecked how many countries with regime change from Iraq to Afghanistan to Yugoslavia, etc. etc. etc.

Considering the source, Biden's incredibly reckless, and actually idiotic ad lib comes across as a threat which could have catastrophic geopolitical consequences. Heads of powerful states can't say stuff like that "from the heart"--use of the brain is required. We may all wish in our hearts for a Brutus to appear, but it can't be said by heads of powerful states.

See: https://greenwald.substack.com/p/bidens-reckless-words-underscore?s=r . "Biden's Reckless Words Underscore the Dangers of the US's Use of Ukraine As a Proxy War. . . As grave of a threat as deliberate war is, unintended escalation from miscommunication and misperception can be as bad. Biden is the perfect vessel for such risks."
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/03/28/bidens-dangerous-call-regime-change-russia

"Biden's Dangerous Call for Regime Change in Russia

"With a reckless genie out of the bottle, no amount of damage control from the president's top underlings could stuff it back in.

"Ever since Joe Biden ended his speech in Poland on Saturday night by making one of the most dangerous statements ever uttered by a US president in the nuclear age, efforts to clean up after him have been profuse. Administration officials scurried to assert that Biden didn't mean what he said. Yet no amount of trying to 'walk back' his unhinged comment at the end of his speech in front of Warsaw's Royal Castle can change the fact that Biden had called for regime change in Russia.

"They were nine words about Russian President Vladimir Putin that shook the world: ‘For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power.'

"With a reckless genie out of the bottle, no amount of damage control from the president's top underlings could stuff it back in. ‘We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter,' Secretary of State Antony Blinken told reporters on Sunday [really?!]. Such words might plausibly have less than full weight; Blinken was chief of staff at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when, in mid-2002, then-Senator Biden wielded the gavel at crucial hearings that completely stacked the witness deck in support of the subsequent US invasion of Iraq, with the explicit goal of regime change.

"The USA's commander in chief, brandishing the power to launch one of the world's two biggest nuclear arsenals, would be out of his mind to consciously announce a goal of dethroning the leader of the world's other nuclear superpower. Worst case would be that he was blurting out his government's actual secret goal, which would not speak well of impulse control. . .

"Biden's impromptu nine words underscore that we must not take anything for granted about his rationality. Russia's murderous war in Ukraine does not give Biden any valid excuse to make a horrendous situation worse. On the contrary, the US government should be determined to promote and pursue negotiations that could end the killing and find long-term compromise solutions. Biden has now made it even more difficult to pursue diplomacy with Putin."

Escalation is the last thing we need right now. What I am really thinking about is--"For God's sake, that man cannot remain in power"--meaning Biden. He is a menace to world peace, as well as to the Ukrainians. We need a leader with at least two brain cells to rub together, not this.

JE further commented, in response to yesterday's post from Tor Guimaraes: "The Ukraine war has inspired its share of tu quoque / ‘And you are lynching Negroes' posts on WAIS. Point well taken, but...the only inference one can make from such reasoning is that it's OK for Putin to be destroying Ukraine, now. I am troubled by this."

It's a "tu quoque" fallacy, if the fact of our own similar acts, are used to justify Putin's acts in Ukraine. But there has not been a single post on WAIS that I'm aware of, which justifies Putin's acts, which have been unanimously condemned. To object to hypocrisy, is not necessarily to justify something, and in that case, there is no "tu quoque."

I fully agree with Tor. Biden's hypocrisy, all of our hypocrisy, is sickening. Putin's acts in Ukraine are monstrous, unjustifiable, criminal. But where were all of us when we were doing the same thing ourselves to Iraq, committing the same war crimes? I can tell you where Joe Biden was--he was on the floor of Congress, and in the halls and back rooms, doing everything to make it happen, whipping up votes as the main driver in the Democratic caucus in favor of the illegal invasion of Iraq.

If we don't understand our own hypocrisy, if we can't discern principles underlying these events, we will never stop things like the Ukraine tragedy from happening. This is exactly the time to speak up against these things. On principle! The way to improve the world is not by beating our chests and self-righteously and impotently ranting about Putin. We can't vote Putin out of office--that's for the Russians to do. We should help the Ukrainians in a way which helps them, and not our own geopolitical chess game. With concrete acts, especially concrete diplomacy, and not this vain and heedless escalation. And the way to improve the world is for us to see our own behavior for what it is, and vote out of office Biden and every other leader who does not commit to swear off "might makes right" foreign policy, and to refrain from wars of aggression, to refrain from invading sovereign countries, from regime change, torture, meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, targeted killing, and other illegal acts.

JE comments:  A call for regime change in the US?  I was never in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but allow me to phrase it this way:  If we juxtapose Iraq 2003 with Ukraine 2022, how is it anything other than a tacit approval of Putin's invasion?  At the very least, it's a distraction from the tragedy at hand, as the Iraq war cannot be undone.  Let's rethink our own hypocrisy once peace returns to Ukraine.


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