I found an amazing article posted at The Federalist that compares and contrasts the foreign policy achievements of Donald Trump vs Joe Biden.
Russia invaded Georgia in 2008 when George W. Bush was president. Russia took Crimea in 2014 when Barack Obama was president. Russia has now invaded Ukraine with Joe Biden as president. However, when Donald Trump was president, Russia did not seize territory from any of its neighbors.
During his four years in office, Trump not only successfully deterred Russia from acting against Ukraine, he effectively deterred a lot of bad behavior across the planet. He focused on ending America’s foreign wars rather than launching new ones. At the same time, he brokered the Abraham Accords to expand peace in the Middle East.
Here is the list of reasons why Putin would not attack Ukraine when Trump was president:
- Rebuilt the American Military
- Crusaded for American Energy Dominance
- Set the Tone by Launching Surgical Missile Strikes in Syria in Early 2017
- Developed Strong Relationships with Middle Eastern Nations Based on Mutual Interests
- Was Ruthless with the Taliban While Winding Down the Afghanistan War
- Crushed the ISIS Caliphate
- Demonstrated a Consistent Willingness to Take out the Bad Guys
- Stood Up to China
- Strategically Used Unpredictability as an Asset in Foreign Affairs
- Advanced Tough Russia Policies and Provided Lethal Aid to Ukraine while Maintaining an Open Dialogue
You might remember that in contrast to Trump, Hunter Biden’s father decided to withdraw from Afghanistan so stupidly, that 13 Americans lost their lives. And we handed the Taliban BILLIONS of dollars of American military equipment. Consider what message it sent to our reputation with our allies – they would naturally think that we were stupid and unreliable.
One of the things I liked best about Trump was his order to annihilate the head of Iran’s Special Forces. While Obama was weak with Iran, handing over pallets of cash and standing aside while they worked on nuclear weapons, Tump was tough on them.
The Washington Examiner explains:
Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian military general who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq on Thursday, was responsible for the deaths of over 600 U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
“General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the Pentagon said. “He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months — including the attack on December 27th — culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”
Do you remember that? This was a response to an attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad that Soleimani ordered. Soleimani was the aggressor in the Iraq embassy attack, and he has a record of attacking American armed forces.
The other way to prevent a war with Russia is to be energy independent. But right now, Biden is buying oil and gas from Russia.
The article notes the difference between Trump and Biden:
Trump deployed such aggressive sanctions against Russia that President Obama’s Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called them the toughest in history, and he withdrew from one-sided treaties that hamstrung the U.S. while Russia violated the terms.
Biden has taken the opposite approach, appeasing Putin by handing him his top two geopolitical priorities on a silver platter. He unconditionally extended the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, allowing Russia to continue building tactical nuclear weapons while constraining our ability to modernize. And while Trump imposed sanctions to stop Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline in its tracks, construction was allowed to resume when Biden took office.
President Trump understood the power of building American energy dominance. By slashing onerous regulations, Trump sparked an American energy boom that ensured we would never be reliant on any other nation to meet our energy needs. Geopolitically, America’s increased export capacity reduced Putin’s leverage over our European allies, who depend on Russia for 40 percent of their gas and more than a quarter of their oil.
Trump approved the Keystone XL oil pipeline at home and shut down Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in Eastern Europe. Biden reversed both decisions, meaning he has been harder on America’s energy producers than he has been on Russia’s. To add insult to injury, as the Russian army pushed into Ukraine, Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry hoped aloud that “President Putin will help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.”
I see a lot of secular leftists on social media sporting Ukrainian flags now that Russia has invaded. But, if they were opposed to Trump in 2020, then they put in place the foreign policy that emboldened Russia to invade Ukraine. You can’t have it both ways. If you vote for a weakling, then you get aggression.