Biden’s Off-The-Cuff Pledge
By Kyle Sweitzer
“Biden’s ad-lib words push Russia closer to China’s arms and present vast implications for the future of U.S. strategy.”
Biden’s Warsaw Blunder
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” President Biden’s words spread like wildfire in his Warsaw speech last Saturday, March 26th. Biden’s speech writers crafted an address to highlight NATO’s protection and to condemn the autocracy of Vladimir Putin. Biden went off-the-cuff at the end and left the world with a quotation that is leaving his administration back-pedaling. Rather than the world agreeing with Biden’s remarks, many were left upset – leading one to ask why? Doesn’t everyone want Putin out of power?
Biden’s words present vast legality issues. To suggest assassinating a political leader is against U.S. law. President Gerald Ford reformed the intelligence community under Executive Order 11905 after several failed United States attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. Both Jimmy Carter with Executive Order 12036 and Ronald Reagan with Executive Order 12333 superseded the first executive order. Both maintain how important it is to not topple foreign heads of state. However, this order has not stopped many U.S. leaders from engaging in assassinations that favor the United States’ interests.
So, it is largely unlawful to topple a foreign head of state. The Biden administration knows this. Antony Blinken in Jerusalem helped Biden redact his statement, “we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else for that matter,”
Blinken went on to say, “in this case, as it is in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It is up to the Russian people.”
Spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitri Peskov, immediately responded that it was not up to President Biden to decide who the Russian President should be. The Biden administration now agrees Biden did not mean a regime change.
The Implications with China
Regardless Biden’s administration agrees, Biden allowed his emotions to consume him – an action that signals weakness to KGB-trained Vladimir Putin. Putin continues to pursue an anti-U.S. agenda. The Biden administration is wary of Putin declaring himself a victim of a U.S. “assassination attempt” because of Biden’s statement. Officials fear Biden’s words would give Putin support from Xi Jinping and China. China is interested in upending the United States. After a few Russian staged United States’ “assassination attempts” on Putin, Russia could play the victim card to China.
On February 4th, both Russia and China signed a 5,300-word statement of cooperation. That statement started a fusion of Russo-China relations. The statement included the following,
“The new inter-State relations between Russia and China are superior to political and military alliances of the Cold War era. Friendship between the two States has no limits, there are no “forbidden” areas of cooperation.”
Biden’s ad-lib words push Russia closer to China’s arms and present vast implications for the future of U.S. strategy.
Kyle Sweitzer is a senior at Grove City College studying political science and national security. He is excited to start his second year at the Institute for Faith & Freedom as a student marketing fellow. This past summer, Kyle was an emerging leader working in programs and development at The Acton Institute, a think tank in Grand Rapids, MI.
Kyle serves on the executive team on orientation board and serves on student government as Senior Class President. He is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Chi, a men’s housing group on campus.
Kyle enjoys researching into issues in national security and criminal justice.