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It’s Tough to Deter Putin Once You’ve Given Him the Pipeline He Wanted

excalibur

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Biden is a trainwreck. His administration is incompetent.


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As John E. Herbst, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, observed over at the Atlantic Council:



The issue in question is Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline project from Russia to Germany that stretches under the Baltic and North Seas. If made operational, this pipeline would enable the Kremlin to use gas for political purposes by withholding it from countries in east Europe that pursue policies it does not like, and make it easier for Moscow to expand its current war of aggression in Ukraine.
As a gesture to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a gift to Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joe Biden waived Congressional sanctions on Nordstream AG and its chairman last May that would have stopped the project in its tracks; in exchange for this enormous concession, the administration received only a vague commitment from Germany to take action against Russia if it used gas for political purposes. Inevitably, Moscow began to do just that this summer — without a contrary word from Berlin, and not much more from Washington.
The administration’s decision was not popular in Congress, as both Democrats and Republicans have long understood that Kremlin energy (and other) policies pose a major threat to US interests in Europe and especially in Ukraine. As a result, the House of Representatives added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would sanction Nord Stream 2 without presidential waiver authority, which would have made the sanctions bullet-proof. For the administration, this placed a premium on killing the amendment in the Senate, and Secretary Blinken spent lots of time last week lobbying Senate Democrats to do just that.
For some Democrats this poses a dilemma as they recognize that the administration’s Nord Stream 2 waiver was a disaster, and not easy to defend publicly,

Joe Biden wants to send a clear message of deterrence to Putin . . . but he also doesn’t want to have a big fight with Germany over the pipeline. To govern is to choose.



 

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As John E. Herbst, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, observed over at the Atlantic Council:
Joe Biden wants to send a clear message of deterrence to Putin . . . but he also doesn’t want to have a big fight with Germany over the pipeline. To govern is to choose.
I suspect Biden did it in exchange for another Russian bribe.
 

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This senile old man surrounded by people so far to the left that former Obama administration appointees are speaking out against them is going to get us into world war 3....and he didn't even win....the dems cheated and put a moron in our most important seat in our government....
 

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I thought the idea was to diversify away from oil/gas.

Natural gas is but one source of European energy... and holds a minority position in supply. Its just better and cheaper for our allies.
 

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We have been fighting import of Russian gas into Germany for decades. I remember when we put an embargo on compressor parts to impair Russian's ability to export gas to Germany. It is a form of economic warfare. I have never considered pauperizing nuclear armed countries to be sound policy. It is destabilizing.
 

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I thought countries like Germany were supposed to be examples of the green future, so why would they need to import more gas...:eusa_think:
Globull Warming - Weather Change clutz gurus want folks to freeze for for what's called a "green future".
Russia is to be praised for it's heavy investments to save Europeans from European Politico Creeps who have been trying to get Europeans to freeze, suffer and perish for the profit of European lying, thieving politicos.

Now, Russia needs to help Europeans get rid of all those Trotskyite politicos tying to inject all Europeans with population elimination drugs.
 
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Globull Warming - Weather Change clutz gurus want folks to freeze for for what's called a "green future".
Russia is to be praised for it's heavy investments to save Europeans from European Politico Creeps have been trying to get Europeans to freeze, suffer and perish to profit the lying, thieving politicos.

The pipeline wasn't for Putin.. It was for our European allies.
 

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Nordstream2 is good for our European allies.
That's correct. Now, we can hope that President Biden backs down on all that forced population extermination junk and put Faucci and Phizer ceo's et. al. in jail.
 

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And for their passion to "go green"? Is Russian natural gas green? That's the only argument that would make political sense.

Its cheaper than natural gas shipped from the US and they don't have to spend billions in infrastructure to recieve or store it..

Are you really so stupid?
 

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The pipeline wasn't for Putin.. It was for our European allies.
The people of Europe are not allied to the American Babylonian Beast system.
They are relatives to much of Americans, yes.
But, WW1& WW2, HATO (nato) and tons of lies, wars and oppressions is not how one shows love to one's relatives.
 
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Its cheaper than natural gas shipped from the US and they don't have to spend billions in infrastructure to recieve or store it..

Are you really so stupid?
Most people can't think out side the boxes they have been trained to vegetate in. So comrad surada, You are correct to suspect stupidity in the words of HenryBHough.
 

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Biden is a trainwreck. His administration is incompetent.
As John E. Herbst, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, observed over at the Atlantic Council:
Bla. Bla, Bla with malice afore thought.
Russia and Tsar Putin are Heroes for bringing natural gas to Europe, cheaply and without Yankee hijack terrorists in Ukraine extorting Europe for vitally important dependable natural gas supplies.

It is schiese kopf high priests of war in Washington that want Europe to freeze or pay more, and then blame Russia for it.
 

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You're a moron.
Thanks, I'm more on the ball than the deluded souls you WERE successfully arguing with. So sorry that comrad surada seems to have fallen off the ball, or perhaps I worded things outside the parameters of your comprehension.
 

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Biden is a trainwreck. His administration is incompetent.
President Biden is wrong on a few points, but His decision to back off threatening Russia and Europe is a very correct & successful choice.

Getting out of Afghanistan was also a good decision, despite the seeming clumsiness there of.

Now if He backs off harassing Persia and trying to build Greater Khazaria for the anti-Christ fake Israel gurus, that will be another successful move.

At least, He hasn't done as badly as President Trump did by acting like a servant boy to President Netanyahu.
 

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