On Sunday, retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg appeared on “Life, Liberty & Levin” to talk about President Joe Biden’s weak and ineffective response to the war in Ukraine. Kellogg argued that he has degraded the US to a “backbencher” role and that world leaders have no confidence in him.
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Kellogg served as former Vice President Mike Pence’s national security advisor. Fox News now employs him as a contributor.
In addition to talking about President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s steadfast courage and resilience in the face of Russian hostility, Kelly and Levin discussed ways to undermine President Vladimir Putin’s leadership. Yet, he pointed out that Biden isn’t mentioned in those discussions.
Negotiations for a diplomatic solution to the conflict appear to be headed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. The French president is engaging the Kremlin in ongoing talks and is making ineffective attempts to halt the war from spreading. With Biden standing on the periphery, unsure of the most effective course of action, Macron now seems to have become the actual leader of the West at this point.
Kellogg explained to Levin “Here’s the one thing that concerns me right now because there’s always a diplomatic off-ramp to any conflict. You’ll notice that everybody is talking to President Macron of France or Olaf Scholz of Germany, or they’re talking to others around the world. They’re not talking to the United States.”
The war was the topic of Macron’s five-hour conversation with Putin in February. Although Putin didn’t appear to be dissuaded by that, the French did make a serious attempt to defuse the situation.
“Why are they not talking to the United States?” Kellogg exclaimed, musing out loud. “We’re sitting… on the backbench, sitting, watching what’s happening because they don’t have any trust or belief that this President Biden can pull it off.”
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Fox News reports that in politics, the term “backbencher” refers to a “low-ranking MP or former member of leadership or a ‘shadow cabinet’ who no longer has much legislative pull in-session.”
“I guarantee you they’d be talking to President Trump. I guarantee you President Trump would have been front and center,” Kellog told Levin.
The retired general is also worried about the constant apprehension expressed by Biden and Democrats over inciting the Russians into escalation if America intervenes on the side of Ukraine.
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“What it comes down to, very candidly, is intestinal fortitude, the ability to have guts to make a hard decision instead of wringing your hands in a negative manner,” Kellogg said. “And we’re very concerned about escalation. Look, the guy who’s escalated is Vladimir Putin. That’s the one who started the war. That’s the one who’s pushed himself into Ukraine. That’s the one who has put the civilian population at enormous risk. He’s actually conducting war crimes.”
“If you’re afraid of the other guy, and you’re afraid of escalation, then you’ll probably be in the wrong business being a leader. And we should push back on them,” he advised. Kellogg noted that even with Putin’s reputation as a vicious autocrat, he has “vulnerabilities.”
“He doesn’t bluff, and we shouldn’t bluff either,” Kellogg cautioned.
This weekend, Trump attacked Biden as well. Ryan Kelly reported the following for Republic Brief:
“During his first rally since the State of the Union, Trump went after Joe Biden for his remarks during which he said the former president was crawling on his knees and begging for oil because the U.S. cut off Russian energy after it invaded Ukraine.
‘Joe Biden is the president of the most energy rich country on the planet, yet because of his party’s climate hysteria, what they believe on the planet, Biden locked down American oil and natural gas production,’ he said Saturday evening as he addressed a cold and windy Florence, South Carolina crowd.
Next, he said: ‘Now Biden is crawling around the globe on his knees begging and pleading for mercy from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.’
Oil prices have doubled and nearly tripled as a result of U.S. sanctions against Russia. The result is record gas pump numbers and noticeably unhappy Americans.
‘Nobody’s so stupid,’ Trump said about Biden taking oil from foreign nations rather than tapping into American resources.
‘He’s also selling out the brave people of Cuba and Venezuela, groveling at the feet of the oil-rich and brutal Maduro regime,’ he continued.
‘They’re after Maduro and now all of a sudden they say listen, ‘Forget that. Forget what we’ve been saying for the last long time… Forget the last 15 years, we’d like to buy oil. We’d pay you any price you want. Please, please, please sell us some oil. Please sell us some oil, we don’t have any oil.’ He must think we are the stupidest people on earth, you know,’ Trump said.
He also said that Cuban oil is ‘no good’, claiming it’s ‘very heavy’.
‘We have the best oil in the world that’s sitting right – I call it liquid gold,’ Trump said to a rowdy crowd as temperatures dipped into the low 30s. ‘And we don’t want to take it from us. You know, it’s a big advantage we have over China – we have oil, they don’t; we have natural gas, they don’t; we have coal, they don’t.’
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‘The entire world is laughing at the United States.’
Biden’s administration admitted to Americans that they would feel the pain of sanctions on Russia at the pump, which proved true immediately.
But Americans were already dissatisfied with price per gallon before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.”