Why is the American Media Gunning for War with Russia?
“…Generals and Majors always
Seem so unhappy 'less they got a war…” - XTC - “Generals and Majors”
The American media seems to have a two-point agenda these days: 1). Twisting everything around to make it seem that President Biden is ineffective and 2). Starting a war with Russia.
It was proven by the President’s press conference the other day.
The press has been complaining that President Biden has held few press conferences during his first year in office. He’s held seven, by the way.
On the other hand, Trump held only one in his first year in office.
President Biden had two formal conferences at the White House – where it was just him and the press. Five times he held news conferences or question sessions when foreign dignitaries were visiting.
This press conference was nearly two hours long and one of the longest ever in the history of the presidency. But that doesn’t make the press happy.
It was also evident that the press is not happy that the U.S. has not started bombing Russia and sending in troops because Russia might, maybe, possibly, could invade Ukraine. Journalism is no fun unless you have a war to write about, apparently. After all, it’s been nearly six months since we pulled out of Afghanistan.
Russia in recent weeks has amassed more than 100,000 troops at the Ukraine border, which sure looks like it’s a prelude to invasion. Or maybe not. Who knows?
Nothing gets the American press’s juices flowing more than a good war though.
MSNBC’s Kristen Welker was practically salivating when she thought she had caught the President saying something he shouldn’t have said aloud and asked if he knows that Putin will invade Ukraine.
“…It seemed like you said that you have assessed, you feel as though he will move in. Has this administration, have you determined whether President Putin plans to invade or move into Ukraine, as you’ve said?” she asked.
The President, of course, told her that no, he can’t read minds and that the only one who knows if Putin plans to invade Ukraine is Putin.
I imagine the glimmer in her eye dimmed a little bit on that answer.
Of course, MSNBC spent the entire day running that clip on every one of their news programs. “Look at Kristen, she’s holding the President’s feet to the fire on Russia. What a reporter!”
But, as the press constantly insinuates, if President Biden does initiate a war, it’ll be highly ineffective. After all, look at the highly disastrous pull out from Afghanistan, which is just a continuation of America’s failures since 9/11 – which Biden apparently is responsible for too?
And forget sanctions, Putin will just laugh at them.
Case in point: Jennifer Epstein of Bloomberg. She asked President Biden the following: “Your top foreign policy advisors have warned that Russia is now ready to attack Ukraine. But there’s still little unity among European allies about what a package of sanctions against Moscow would look like. If the U.S. and NATO aren’t willing to put troops on the line to defend Ukraine and American allies can’t agree on a sanctions package, hasn’t the U.S. and the West lost nearly all of its leverage over Vladimir Putin?”
Did you catch that? NATO can’t agree on sanctions against Russia and the U.S. is unwilling to go to war, so what good are you Joe?
NATO may disagree on sanctions, but it’s not because they don’t want to impose them. It’s because they are practicing what’s called politics. Many NATO countries have business relationships with Russia – for oil, gas or other goods, and they are trying to make sure that any sanctions placed on Russia do not negatively affect their economies.
And the U.S. is not unwilling to defend its allies. It would just like to be able to do it without going to war if at all possible.
The press can’t understand this. The subtleties of diplomacy and foreign relations are beyond them.
But war they can get behind.
Then Jen asked the President: “And given how ineffective sanctions have been in deterring Putin in the past, why should the threat of new sanctions give him pause?”
To which President Biden answered: “Well, because he’s never seen sanctions like the ones I promised will be imposed if he moves…”
By sanctions being ineffective on Russia, Jen means those “sanctions” imposed on Russia by Trump. Which I put in quotes because they weren’t sanctions at all, but suggestions for behavior.
The press also can’t figure out why after being in office for a year President Biden has not been able to unify the country.
“Is the country more unified than when you first took office?” a reporter asked.
“The answer is: Based on some of the stuff we’ve got done, I’d say yes, but it’s not nearly unified as it should be,” the President answered.
It’s only been a year people. Give the guy a break.