Biden departs for trip, Russia’s threat, and more…
By Team DML
Today is March 23 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion.
1 – Joe Biden Heads to Europe: Promises Meetings, Talks, Summits, and Personal Diplomacy as War Rages in Ukraine
Breitbart reports: The White House has previewed what lies ahead for President Joe Biden when he departs for Europe on Wednesday. It said meetings, summits, talks, and one-to-one diplomacy will feature in a hastily arranged visit framed against Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine.
The presidential four-day trip is intended to set him up to play a key role in events that are rocking Europe at its most fragile time since World War II, with his advisors claiming Biden warned the world about Russia’s intentions last November to no avail.
Biden is reportedly working on long-term efforts to boost defenses in Eastern Europe, where more countries fear Russian aggression and a further push to the West.
The president’s sojurn comes after Vice President Kamala Harris made trips of her own to Europe in the past 12 months to a less than stellar reception.
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, promises this time things will be different. He said the president would coordinate with allies on military assistance for Ukraine and push for new economic sanctions on Russia.
DML: We’d all be a lot better off if Magoo would just stay in the basement.
2 – Senior Russian official issues chilling warning to West ahead of emergency NATO meeting
Fox News reports: Russian Foreign Minister Sergeĭ Lavrov warned that if NATO sends peacekeepers into Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion, that will lead to a direct military clash between the Russian forces and the alliance.
“Sending NATO peacekeepers to Ukraine would lead to a direct clash between the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and the alliance,” Lavrov said Wednesday morning, according to the Russian state-news agency TASS.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Sunday ruled out the possibility of the U.S. taking part in peacekeeping operations inside Ukraine, stating that the Biden administration will not send U.S. troops to the country.
“The president has been very clear that we will not put American troops on the ground in Ukraine,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “We don’t want to escalate this into a war with the United States.”