Previewing President Biden's trip to Europe last week, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that, "the president is traveling to Europe to make sure we stay united."
That sure didn't go as planned. This may have been the most disastrous - and dangerous - Presidential overseas trip ever.
The US and its NATO allies have repeatedly proclaimed that "protecting Ukraine's democracy" has never been about threatening Russia.
Holding out NATO membership and sending billions of dollars in military equipment to Ukraine, starting under Trump was not threatening Russia.
CIA training camps in eastern Ukraine, where paramilitaries were trained on US weapons systems was not about threatening Russia.
But at every stop, President Biden seemed to undermine the narrative his own Administration had carefully crafted. First up, warning that Russia might use chemical weapons in Ukraine, Biden promised it would "trigger a response in kind," meaning the US would use chemical weapons as well. That would be a serious war crime.
National Security Advisor Sullivan had to be brought to explain that the US has "no intention" of using chemical weapons.
Later, speaking to the 82nd Airborne in Poland, President Biden told them that US troops would soon be in Ukraine. He said to the troops, "you're going to see you're going to see women, young people standing, standing the middle of , in front of a " tank, just saying, 'I'm not leaving, I'm holding my ground.'"
A White House spokesman had to clarify that "the president has been clear we are not sending US troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position."
Clear? Well, not really. He had just said the opposite to our own troops!
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