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One day after warning Russian President Vladimir Putin he would face “severe” economic sanctions, “like ones he’s never seen,” should Russia invade Ukraine, President Joe Biden assured Americans that sending U.S. combat troops to Ukraine is “not on the table.”

America is not going to fight Russia over Ukraine.

“The idea that the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia invading Ukraine is not in the cards,” said Biden. “We have a moral obligation and a legal obligation to our NATO allies,” but “that obligation does not extend to … Ukraine.”

Anti-interventionists who have opposed bringing Ukraine into NATO may just have kept America out of a confrontation or war with Russia.

Yet hard negotiations lie ahead on the two demands Putin has made a condition of keeping his 100,000 troops on his side of the border.

First, there must be legal guarantees Ukraine will not be brought into NATO. Second, the U.S. and NATO must not arm Kyiv with offensive weapons that would present an intolerable threat to Russia.

Meeting these conditions would seem an easier proposition than getting them written into an agreement acceptable to Kyiv.

How, for example, does Biden get the Ukrainians to accept a U.S.-Russia deal that says their country can never be a member of NATO?

Russian military pressure on Ukraine, however, is but one of several crises where America finds itself at the center.

Biden this week ordered a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China. U.S. athletes may participate in the games, but no U.S. government official will attend in a formal capacity.

The White House says the purpose is to show disapproval of Beijing’s “genocide” against the Uyghurs, its crushing of the democracy movement in Hong Kong and its threat to take over Taiwan.

Beijing has been contemptuous of the U.S. diplomatic boycott, but Canada, Australia and the U.K. followed America’s lead and declared their own diplomatic boycotts.

The Winter Olympics will take place on the 50th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s historic trip, where the U.S., in the Shanghai Communique, acceded to the contention of Chairman Mao Zedong’s People’s Republic that Taiwan “is a part of China.”

Under Jimmy Carter, the U.S. security treaty with Taiwan that dated back to the Korean War was allowed to lapse, and the U.S. recognized the PRC as the sole legitimate government of China.

As Putin may see his destiny and legacy as returning Ukraine into a closer union with Russia, so Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to see his crowning achievement in the return of Taiwan to the motherland after almost a century of separation.

What will the Americans do if China attempts to use force to bring Taiwan back? As with Ukraine, the U.S. has no treaty obligation to fight to maintain the independence and sovereignty of the island of 24 million.

Yet U.S. inaction if China attacked, invaded or forced the submission of Taiwan to Beijing would shake the credibility of U.S. treaty commitments to Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia.

Still another crisis may be brewing with Iran.

This week, CIA Director William Burns said there was no indication that Tehran is attempting to weaponize its nuclear program.

The spy agency “doesn’t see any evidence that Iran’s supreme leader has made a decision to move to weaponize,” said Burns to the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council.

Yet, the 2015 nuclear deal, from which President Donald Trump withdrew, appears on the brink of collapse. The administration is being pushed by the Israelis and the hawks on Capitol Hill to break off the negotiations and prepare for military action.


Iran, however, a predominantly Shia nation of 85 million, is not without allies. There is a Shia majority in Iraq. Iran has trained and armed militias in Syria as well as Iraq. It sustains Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the Houthi rebels who occupy the Yemeni capital and most of the northern half of the country.

Why does Iran not already have the bomb?

The answer seems a simple one. While the Iranians have the knowledge, capacity and experience to build a bomb, they have, like Japan, Brazil and South Korea, elected to forgo the option, as the risks inherent in an Iranian bomb are greater than any probable rewards.

Not only has the ayatollah declared atomic weapons immoral, but it is difficult to see what Iran would gain from testing a nuclear weapon.

Tehran’s great foe, Israel, has an arsenal of nuclear weapons with the ability to deliver them by air, submarine-based cruise missile or ballistic missile. And a nuclear Iran would soon lead to a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, Sunni nations all. How would that benefit Tehran?

Truly, Biden has a full plate of foreign policy crises.

His guiding principle in dealing with Russia, China and Iran should be a simple one: Consistent with securing the vital national interests of the USA, keep us out of what Winston Churchill called “unnecessary wars.”

For such are invariably the death of great powers.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. This is as good a time as any to remind that 90% of the problems we face today are CAUSED by government.

  2. Patriot says:

    In 1975, China was a poor Third World country in a total mess because, in part, of the recent Cultural Revolution. Then the International Globalists decided that they could make a few more Shekels by moving most American factories to China. The entire West followed.

    Now China is a world economic, scientific and military power. Great job Greedy Globalists! Thanks a lot.

  3. SafeNow says:

    “The idea that the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia invading Ukraine is not in the cards,” said Biden.

    The implication of “unilaterally” is that if the U.S. has “partners,” then force IS in the cards. During the endless Mideast wars, the U.S. repeatedly invoked “together with our allies“ to make it purportedly okay that an action was taken. This is how the U.S. thinks. There is an entire literature in psychology to the effect that people take risks as a group that they would never take acting alone. But this involves adolescent-type behaviors, not superpower military actions.

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  4. This is a relatively good column from Mr. Buchanan. But there’s the invariable badpersonifying of Uncle Sam’s targets:

    As Putin may see his destiny and legacy as returning Ukraine into a closer union with Russia, so Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to see his crowning achievement in the return of Taiwan to the motherland after almost a century of separation.

    Just as typically, he cites no evidence for this speculation (“may see,” “seems to see”) about Russian or Chinese ambitions.

    Coming from this Beltway fixture, it’s Exceptional! projection. The reason that

    Biden has a full plate of foreign policy crises

    is that this country’s government officials and most of their subjects are brainwashed that

    securing the vital national interests of the USA

    has anything to do with those fomented “crises.”

    The underlying theme is that Washington ideally should run the world, but practically can’t, at least yet.

    Urging restraint while reinforcing narratives is what makes Mr. Buchanan a faux dissident. This is how he serves the Establishment of which he is an integral part.

  5. Anonymous[377] • Disclaimer says:

    You can thank Nixon and his puppetmaster Kissinger for that. Nixon also brought an end to the gold standard.

    • Replies: @Ximenes
  6. Great job Greedy Globalists! Thanks a lot.

    Our own elected “countrymen” were supposed to protect us and put our people first. You know the rest.

    Funny that Nixon, whom the left despises, cursed us with saving Z’rael, opening red china and starting the EPA.

  7. America must get back to getting Main Street working again.

  8. RVBlake says:

    His guiding principle in dealing with Russia, China and Iran should be a simple one: Consistent with securing the vital national interests of the USA, keep us out of what Winston Churchill called “unnecessary wars.”

    Well, if anyone would be an authority on unnecessary wars it would surely be Churchill.

  9. @Patriot

    Now China is a world economic, scientific and military power. Great job Greedy Globalists! Thanks a lot.

    First, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but China would’ve ultimately become a world power with or without “help” from the Satanists (who sought to offshore U.S. manufacturing as part of their effort to destroy the U.S. middle class). Second, the only reason China (and post-Soviet Russia) are now world military powers is because they were forced into a military buildup as a defensive response to constant threats from the Satanists that run the U.S. Third, so what if China and/or Russia become world powers (since they are nowhere near as evil as the Satanic West)? And finally, if the Satanists continue to do what they’re doing, i.e. destroying the U.S. from within, pretty soon even Haiti will be a “world power” compared to the U.S., so we might as well accept it.

    • Replies: @Petermx
  10. @RVBlake

    Several years ago, Pat wrote a great alternative history book, “Hitler, Churchill and the Unnecessary War,” in which he blamed the drunk Churchill as much as Hitler for WWII. That got him fired from his gig on Morning Joe.

    Let’s not forget that the escalating tensions with Iran have, in large part, been caused by Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA (at the urging of Netanyahu). No other signatory to the agreement did so. Trump put Israel’s interests above the interests of this country. Yet Trump remains godlike to his rabid MAGA disciples.

    The blowhards in the “stupid party”, with their war mongering over Russian “aggression,” and China’s “threats” to re-take Taipei, are reverting to form. They may yet blow their golden opportunity to retake Congress next year. The American people are sick to death of fighting endless, unwinnable wars.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  11. Tesako says:

    How, for example, does Biden get the Ukrainians to accept a U.S.-Russia deal that says their country can never be a member of NATO?

    The same way the Usa&vasals are convincing them that they will part of NATO since the 2014 coup de état regarles of Russia…

  12. As Putin may see his destiny and legacy as returning Ukraine into a closer union with Russia, so Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to see his crowning achievement in the return of Taiwan to the motherland after almost a century of separation.

    LOL! As if Putin and Xi Jinping were doing something other than reacting to the threats created by the usual purveyors of destabilizing provocations.

  13. RVBlake says:

    I remember Buchanan’s removal from Morning Joe. I thought the cause was his view on the demographic upheaval. I note that Sharpton’s presence on the show was approved.

  14. Petermx says:

    Whenever I read about the Russia-Ukraine issue I am conflicted about who to side with. I would like to side with Ukraine but Russia has a stronger case for what it says. The US said it would never encroach on Warsaw Pact territory and make those countries NATO countries and now its trying to make the second most important republic in the former USSR a NATO country. In addition, the US helped overthrow the democratically elected Ukrainian gov’t in 2014 and install a new leader and since 2014 the Ukrainian gov’t has not even been led by a Ukrainian, it has been led by Jews. That says a lot about who runs the US too. Meanwhile, the holocaust narrative has been rammed down Ukrainians throats by those supposed victims that were the murderers, murdering millions of Ukrainians in the 1930’s.

    • Agree: Patriot
  15. Petermx says:
    @Harold Smith

    That is true. The change that has occurred is due as much to self defeating policies as to Chinese and Russian talent. Europe and the US have pushed policies that have destroyed the lead they had. Both demonized their own populations and brought in millions from alien cultures and both have pushed cultural changes that have made sure they would fall behind. They have behaved like idiots that do not care anything about the people and country they lead. They are ashamed of those people and their country’s history and with an attitude like that, why would you expect a leader to fight for the interests of a country and its people?

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  16. Fuzzbunny says:

    “written agreement acceptable to Kyiv” Is he joking ?

    The Ukrainian puppets of Washington are in no position to negotiate for anything with 100 thousand Red Army troops breathing down their necks and many, many more available if needed.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  17. anon[426] • Disclaimer says:

    Bomb them all! WWIII here we come. Let the Ziocons have their wish. Or call off their bluff. They’re just trying to scare other countries into buying more US weapons, while generating fake news to divert attention from real news(invasion of the West via mass immigration).

    JUSA’s motto: Always must be hating (on somebody, anybody).

    Peace is boring, not to mention bad for (((their))) business.

    Satan’s spawns disguising as God’s Chosen to lead us to the promised land, which is actually hell.

  18. It was not anti-interventionists that stopped confrontation or war with Russia but cold hard reality; US was never going to fight Russia on its doorstep with its lethal nuclear arsenal; prodigious conventional military and its strategic and tactical superiority in eastern Europe; ”Kiev” is in no position to refuse any US agreement with Russia; Ukraine is a poor destitute nation coming to US and NATO with hat in hand; Biden as much as said the US was not going to defend Ukraine; a written agreement that Ukraine will never be in NATO may be politically impossible for Biden/USA; the howls by hawks in Congress about ”appeasement” and abandoning Ukraine to Putin would be deafening; but there is already an unwritten agreement that Ukraine will never be in NATO; everyone in Brussels knows it; Putin/Russia may have to accept a tacit agreement that Ukraine wont be in NATO; Ukraine cant force US to defend it or NATO to admit it as a member; as for Taiwan not defending it would not hurt US credibility because unlike Taiwan Australia Japan Phillipines and SK have US defense treaties and are not part of China; and saving ”credibility” is worse reason to go to war; and as for Iran cold hard reality will prevent a war with her as well; the cold hard reality is that the American people are tired of Mideast wars and US military is in no shape to fight Iran. It will be cold hard reality; not US interests that guide Biden’s policies.

  19. The Bidet puppet regime has also the states of Australia and the U.K to administer as well.

    With decisions such as the Submarine deal in Australia and the persecution by sycophants in the British legal system for American intelligence of Julian Assange, one can only conclude they are unofficial states of America.

    I wonder if Assange was gay or trans if he would still be in jail?

    Is Manning still incarcerated?

  20. Don’t call the regime ‘Biden’. Call it JAB or Jews-around-Biden.

    Biden is now like Brezhnev in his final years. A walking mummy-dummy who will rubber-stamp anything handed to him.

    US politics is like a den of hookers. You got Jewish Power as the pimp and you got all these goy whores.

    What are Anglos or Anglucks today but a bunch of mental whores of the Lobby? At best, the elites among them are like Call Girls, fancier. Some may even be like ‘courtesans’, but when push comes to shove, it’s all whoredom.

    Biden isn’t a pimp. He’s a whore. JAB is the pimp.

    • Agree: Kolya Krassotkin
  21. anonymous[139] • Disclaimer says:

    How, for example, does Biden get the Ukrainians to accept

    These so-called Ukrainians are expendable puppets put in by the US. They’re unrepresentative dictators who’ll take their loot and move to the West when no longer needed.

    Iran has trained and armed militias in Syria as well as Iraq. It sustains Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, and the Houthi rebels

    The British were kicked out of Yemen back in the 60’s before the Iranian revolution. People there apparently don’t like outsiders coming in to try to dominate them. Hezbollah gets assistance but it pales in comparison with what the US pours in next door. Perhaps the deal should be that both drop all assistance to their respective partners and see what happens. Not likely of course.
    US anger is that other countries have the effrontery to defend themselves. They should only have sticks and stones as against our jets and missiles.

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
  22. Ximenes says:

    Opening relations with a foreign country is not the same as shipping your industrial base there. Nixon had nothing to do with it.

  23. Iran was subject to the first ever UN-Resolution when the Brits unilaterally invaded their country with no cause and occupied it for years.

    The entire premise of the Nuclear Deal is that Iran must be beholden to the NNPT signed by the Shah, when clearly the entire country and government is different now. It would be like requiring the USA to abide by the Queen’s mandates. Insane.

    And despite all this, the Qods force fought shoulder-to-shoulder with US SOCOM in the Seige of Wanat, and are primarily responsible for the defeat of ISIS which the USA and Israel were funding. Without Iran forcing Mutaqua Al-Sadr into a deal with the US when the Brits turned tail and bailed in Basra, the Iraq war would have collapsed on US forces in a few months as a total, abject defeat. As a reward, we murdered Solemeni, the man primarily responsible for all three events. Remind me, when was the last time Israelis fought side by side with US troops? Ever?

    • Agree: Max Maxwell
    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  24. @Patriot

    China grew at c.10% pa from 1949, but from the lowest base imaginable. And, despite the droughts, the Cultural Revolution and Party in-fighting, the base for future growth was created, in heavy industry, electrification, communication, transport etc. And illiteracy was eliminated, women emancipated, life expectancy raised from less than forty to nearly seventy and education massively increased and improved. Western racists love to claim credit for China’s rise, but it was the sheer hard work of the Chinese, and their sacrifices for their children and grand-children’s benefit that did the job.

  25. @GeologyAnonMk3

    You left out the word ‘treacherously’. ‘..we treacherously murdered Soliemani..’, like coward thugs that we are.

  26. @Petermx

    The USA led the world because of WW2. With other States destroyed or still in colonial servitude, the USA could strut and swagger, undermining, subverting and attacking any State that dared get in the way of US pillage. The high point was the traitor Gorbachev’s insanity, after which Russia learned the lesson of trusting the USA, and China easily crushed the proto-colour revolution in Beijing, and has since powered on. The unipolar moment produced its antithesis, as these things will.
    The USA, already collapsing after Nixon left the gold standard, got a brief respite from the petro-dollar, and Japan caving in at the Plaza Accord. They pissed that largesse up against the wall in Reaganite ‘neo-liberal’ policies, that impoverished and immiserated the middle class, produced record inequality, armies of homeless wallowing in piss, shit and vomit, hordes of drug addicts and an avaricious elite with no compunction in screwing the ‘losers’ ad infinitum. The economy was financialised, debt went through the ionosphere, infrastructure, education and healthcare for the many crumbled, but over one trillion for war, aggression and genocide was always found. And now the shit-heap is spontaneously combusting, led by the zombie corpse of Brandon,furiously seeking Armageddon everywhere they can find it.

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
  27. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Felix Sater –Michael Cohen is who run the USA from Israel.

  28. @SafeNow

    Biden had 3 Billion of USA Taxpayer funds go missing on his prior shift in Ukraine –and Judicial Watch can not locate articles on Firtash and Hunter Biden—how else can Hunter live in \$6,000 per month apartment and likely pay alimony to the bimbo stripteaser in Arkansas for their son’s raising ??

    All in the family indeed —-and Biden cautions against Red lines ????

  29. PJ London says:

    Ukraine has nothing that Russia wants. Absolutely nothing. (Just as the USA has nothing that China or Russia wants.)
    Russia’s only interest is protecting Russian speakers from the planned Genocide of Kyev.

    Translated from Ukrainian by Valentina Lisitsa

    Bogdan Boutkevitch: Ok, you ask me “How can this be happening?” Well, it happens because Donbass, in general, is not simply a region in a very depressed condition, it has got a whole number of problems, the biggest of which is that it is severely overpopulated with people nobody has any use for. Trust me I know perfectly well what I am saying.
    If we take, for example, just the Donetsk oblast, there are approximately 4 million inhabitants, at least 1.5 million of which are superfluous. That’s what I mean: we don’t need to [try to] “understand” Donbass, we need to understand Ukrainian national interests.
    Donbass must be exploited as a resource, which it is. I don’t claim to have a quick solution recipe, but the most important thing that must be done – no matter how cruel it may sound – is that there is a certain category of people that must be exterminated.”

    It would prefer Donbas to be under Ukraine ownership, thereby saving Russia billions of Roubles it can use better elsewhere, but it does not trust the swine in Kyev or New York not to slaughter ethnic Russians.
    The USA has no option but to go away and shut up with regard to Taiwan. They exploited the low cost labour of Taiwan in the 50s and 60s but now the low cost has moved to the mainland factories (as has a lot of Taiwanese companies). China will either peacefully or in a very quick and non-violent manner retake full control of the island. It will be non-violent because the Taiwanese are not so stupid as to resist.
    In the past several countries posed a military threat to Israel. Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria and finally Iran.
    Israel successfully got the USA to destroy all of them with the final exception of Iran. Iran is not stupid and neither is Russia. US control of Iran puts US at the Southern border, via the Caspian, of the world’s greatest resource repository.
    The world and particularly Iran has no cause to trust anything the US says or agrees to. Iran looks to allies elsewhere and will tell the US to make a sexual exit.
    I applaud their intelligence.

  30. Putin is weak as water on this issue. Asking for legal guarantees from the US plain stupid. Who is going to adjudicate any legal issue – the UN? Give me a break.

    He should be demanding efforts leading to the dismantling of NATO since it’s a do no good organization used to threaten Russia and is nothing but a country club and retirement plan for the politicians dressed up in costumes with medals.

    Sometimes I think all the world’s “leaders” are in one giant conspiracy against the common man. They manufacture incidents just so the presstitutes have something to write about and the dolts in their respective societies are distracted from what really matters to them.

  31. @RoatanBill

    Putin is sane, a condition you no doubt find it hard to comprehend. When supping with the Devil you use a very long spoon.

  32. Back in 2015 or so Saudi Arabia made a public announcement it was seeking nuclear weapons, likely to be purchased from Pakistan.
    Then it got real quiet. And remains so other than its “peaceful” pursuit of nuclear power.

    Re: the U.S. / West diplomatic boycott of the coming Olympics, check out “The New Atlas” on EeewTube, hosted by Brian Berletic, aka Tony Cartalucci of “The Land Destroyer Blog.”

    A short, truthful course on Xinjiang here, minus the CIA smothering:

  33. @RVBlake

    Churchill takes the cake on fighting unnecessary wars.

  34. “No USA commitment to Taiwan but doing nothing ….. would shake the credibility of the USA with Japan, South Korea, Philippines and Australia..”

    Why is it the responsibility of the USA to defend and safeguard any of these countries? They are also many thousands of miles away from America.

    Taiwan should have developed nuclear weapons instead of relying on America. The Ukraine should have kept its missiles after the USSR breakup instead of relying on uncle Sam.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  35. @anonymouseperson

    Well, no, as to that last point only. The behavior of the Ukrainian rulers since then — including the current “Ukrainian” stooge — has proven the wisdom of not leaving nukes in their hands.

    • Agree: Begemot
  36. nadim says:

    [And a nuclear Iran would soon lead to a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt, Sunni nations all. How would that benefit Tehran?]

    I think this question is very silly. First of all, Egypt tried to have one but, as usual, the criminal Zionists assassinated their scientists and they gave up because Egypt is a colony and cannot act independently. Iran is not a colony to ask for permission. Iran must protect itself. This is a problem for the evil empire that cannot control Iran like Saudi Arabia.
    It is Iran’s right to enrich fuel since Iran, contrary to Israel, is a signatory of NPT. Why does Israel refuse to sign the treaty and does not allow, with support of US, inspectors to come and check its nuclear arsenals? But US is after Iran’s nuclear program and missile program and its allies for no reason. Why Israel’s bombs does not move any Arabs or non Arabs’ dicks, but Iran legal nuclear program makes US, Israel and other states’s dicks in the region to go up? This is nonsense. When country after country is invaded by the savages, then these countries want to protect themselves. When Zionists who run apartheid regime are sitting on, at least, 400 bombs, why don’t these racists in Washington sanction Israel, but sent them \$30 billions for their assassination of scientists of other countries?
    If nuclear weapon is bad for Iran then it must be dangerous in the hands of Zionists and imperialists, especially those who have used it on innocent people. Cowards who don’t ask this kind of question and repeat the nonsense that a nuclear Iran push a nuclear race in the region cannot be trusted.
    Why nuclear Iran and not nuclear Israel is responsible for the Saudis or Egyptians, or Iraqi, wanting to go nuclear?
    Israel must be disarmed. Destroy the apartheid regime’s nuclear weapons NOW. Why no state in the region, except Israel is allowed to have nuclear weapons? Why these bombs are not dangerous in the hands of an apartheid regime whose trademark is assassination and terrorism, but is bad for a NPT member?

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