Joe Biden has a well-deserved reputation for dishonesty, which he bolstered Thursday by attempting to salvage face after Vladimir Putin ignored his sanctions warnings and invaded Ukraine. The sanctions were designed to put a halt to Putin’s progress. When they failed to do so in front of a global audience, Biden, of course, refused to concede that he had misjudged or underestimated Putin. Instead, he just modified his tale, with all the arrogance of a young Syracuse University College of Law student plagiarizing a law review essay.
Moreover, President Joe Biden stated that the sanctions imposed on Russia were not intended to deter Putin from invading Ukraine or persuade him to abandon the attack. “No one anticipated the sanctions to prevent anything from happening,” he continued, “and they have to demonstrate resolution, so he knows what’s coming.” According to Biden, it will take time. It is not going to happen. “Oh my God, these sanctions are coming, and he’s going to stand down,” he’ll say.
“The purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence,” Kamala Harris says. According to Joe Biden’s National Security Staff, sanctions would dissuade Putin from attacking Ukraine. According to National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, Joe Biden believes in the deterrent value of sanctions. But why aren’t the putative President and Vice President telling the truth?
Therefore sanctions are intended to serve a higher purpose: to discourage and prevent. As a result, they want to avoid a large-scale invasion of Ukraine that includes the seizing of important cities such as Kyiv. That’s what this is all about. It was a reference to the imposition of penalties. Jen Psaki, US Secretary of State: “Deterrence is part of their goal. They will go further if he goes further.” She adds that “there are choices, such as export controls.” Sanctions do not deter Putin, or the Russian army would not be in Kyiv.