Biden Shows Putin How To Lead During Troop Visit In Poland


President Joe Biden was in Poland this Friday, where he visited members of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, who’ve been brought relatively close to the border with Ukraine, where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces recently invaded — and where a conflict has subsequently been unfolding that Biden characterized as existential in nature. U.S. service members are not getting directly involved in the war between Russia and Ukraine, but members of the United States military have been involved in shoring up NATO defenses as that devastating conflict has progressed. As Biden pointedly put it, while speaking with U.S. personnel:

‘What’s at stake is not just what we’re doing here in Ukraine to help the Ukrainian people and keep the massacre from continuing, but beyond that what’s at stake is what are your kids and grandkids going to look like in terms of their freedom?.. What you’re engaged in is much more than whether or not we can alleviate the suffering of Ukraine… We’re in a new phase, your generation. We’re at an inflection point.’

Separately, Biden added while speaking to U.S. troops: “Ten, 15 years from now in terms of our organizational structures, the question is, who’s going to prevail? Are democracies going to prevail and the values we share? Or are autocracies going to? That’s really what’s at stake. So what you’re doing is consequential, really consequential… We’re in the midst of a fight between democracies and oligarchs… The rest of the world looks to us because, you know, we not only lead by the example of our power but by the power of our example. Your generation combines both.” In Poland, Biden also met with aid workers conducting efforts to assist those affected by the violence in Ukraine, which has been monumentally destructive. Discussing scenes from the humanitarian facet of the crisis, the president observed: “Those little babies. Little children. You’re looking at mothers — you don’t have to understand the language they speak — you see in their eyes pain and I mean literally pain watching their children. I don’t think there’s anything worse for a parent than seeing their children suffering.”

Millions of Ukrainians have fled their country, and many more have been displaced by the war but remain inside Ukraine’s borders, for now. The Biden administration has consistently announced various steps to hold the Russian regime accountable for the violence in Ukraine, where thousands of civilians have died and the Russian military’s trail of destruction affecting civilians is staggering. Recently, the White House rolled out sanctions targeting hundreds of Russian government officials and dozens of Russian government-owned defense enterprises, while Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently announced a joint initiative to assist with bringing down European dependence on Russian energy. The United States announced a ban on Russian energy, but U.S. allies in Europe weren’t in a position to take such an all-encompassing step. The United States “will work toward supplying Europe with at least 15 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas in 2022, in partnership with other nations,” as CNN explained the White House’s revelations.