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Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg appeared on “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday to discuss President Joe Biden’s weak, ineffectual approach to the war in Ukraine, pointing out that he has relegated the US to “backbencher” status and that world leaders don’t have any trust or faith in him.
Kellogg, who is no fan of Putin’s, served as former national security advisor to former Vice President Michael Pence. He is also a Fox News contributor.
He discussed with host Mark Levin Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s unwavering courage and determination in the face of Russian aggression as well as potential “diplomatic off-ramps” for President Vladimir Putin. However, he noted that those discussions do not seem to include Biden.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron appear to be taking the lead in the negotiations for a diplomatic end to the conflict. Macron specifically is engaging the Kremlin in discussions and is fruitlessly attempting to stop the war from expanding. He seems to have become the de facto head of the West at this point with Biden standing on the sidelines dithering over what and what not to do.
General someone needs to step up and let our administration know that this weakness they display is only making things worse. The world has already let Putin have Ukraine now someone needs to turn this off. Putin is just a few miles from pushing into Poland. Then what?
— Rich (@RichSnap0six) March 14, 2022
“Here’s the one thing that concerns me right now, because there’s always a diplomatic off-ramp to any conflict,” Kellogg told Levin. “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.”
Macron spoke with Putin for five hours in February concerning the war. Although that did not seem to deter Putin, at least the French made a significant effort to tamp things down.
“Why are they not talking to the United States?” Kellogg wondered aloud. “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.”
— America First Works (@America1stWorks) March 10, 2022
The reference to a “backbencher” is significant in politics. It denotes a “low-ranking MP or former member of leadership or a ‘shadow cabinet’ who no longer has much legislative pull in-session,” according to Fox News.
“I guarantee you they’d be talking to President Trump. I guarantee you President Trump would have been front and center,” the retired general strongly asserted when speaking with Levin.
The non-stop fear expressed by Biden and Democrats over provoking Russia into an escalation if America interferes or intercedes on behalf of Ukraine is also worrisome to the military strategist.
— Keith Kellogg (@generalkellogg) March 10, 2022
“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 bluntly contended. “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 urged. Kellogg also pointed out that Putin has glaring “vulnerabilities” despite his reputation for being a ruthless dictator.
“He doesn’t bluff, and we shouldn’t bluff either,” Kellogg warned.
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