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The Biden-Putin summit: The Russian wins

From a piece running on the Fox News website, in which I was quoted:

“There’s not much evidence for President Biden’s objective to improve the relationship so that it’s more stable and predictable. It’ll take some time to see if that has been achieved, I think the early signs are that it has not,” said retired Gen. Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army.

Rebekah Koffler, former Defense Intelligence Agency covering Russia and author of the forthcoming “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America,” told Fox News that Biden extending the Start II treaty and eliminating Nord Stream 2 sanctions before the summit left him without anything to negotiate on.

“I think our president is in the losing position and Putin is in the winning position, and that was even before the summit,” she said.

Biden, Koffler said, “pretty much has given out the store to the Russians. He had no negotiating leverage.”

Koffler agreed Biden needed to meet with Putin at some time, but said as of now Putin has “established dominance” through his alleged involvement in a recent spate of cybersecurity attacks and other forms of “diplomatic intimidation.”

Both experts agreed that the U.S. should have hit back harder with its own counterattack capabilities after the SolarWinds attack, among others.

3 thoughts on “The Biden-Putin summit: The Russian wins”

  1. I couldn’t agree more with what you stated to Foxnews, Rebekah. Putin must be laughing his butt off at senile joe extending the Start II treaty and eliminating the Nord Stream sanctions imposed by President Trump. Basically, senile joe gave away strong negotiating positions, positions that would have given the USA a strong upper hand over Putin. Senile gave it all away free; the USA got NOTHING in return. (Incidentally, senile joe and his America-hating enablers are doing the same thing to Iran having already started to lift sanctions that President Trump had imposed)

    President Trump, I (and I am sure others) sorely miss you.

  2. “no negotiating leverage” = at least senile Biden gave Putin a List of 16 cyber things not to do.

    Maybe someone should have given that list to dope who is our current “SecDef”…who does not know what type cyber attack could be considered an ‘act of war’ :-|

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