This Is What Happens When Putin’s Puppet Is No Longer In Oval Office

The combative and punchy nature of President Biden’s remark about Russian President Putin was greeted with approval by many who wish for a more balanced and truthful exchange between the superpowers. The weaselly and limp-handed stylings of the previous occupant of the White House have ended. Those who watch international relations have a reason for hope moving forward.

For Russia to engage appropriately on the world stage they need to know there are consequences for actions taken. So they are to learn, as no one missed the foundation from which Washington now stands and will operate.

In the ABC News interview, when asked whether he thought Mr. Putin was a “killer,” Biden responded: “Mmm hmm, I do.” He further pledged that Putin is “going to pay” for Russian interference in the 2020 election.

Putin has not heard that type of straightforward dialogue from this nation for too long, and as such the Kremlin did take notice. While any autocrat or despot will use such an opening to further his country’s internal rants against America, those who suffer the economic stagnation under Putin are not soon to be lulled away from the obvious. Putin may bloviate about Biden but the people under his control know what actual corruption and brutality look like.

What rankles Putin and the oligarchs is not the killer comment, though they know the comment is true. They do not care about being labeled as such. They are that brazen, after all. No, that is not what deeply concerns them.

Rather, it is what has been noted often in The Economist and over-time in newspapers about the club that Biden will use concerning Putin. (And it needs to be noted Biden has the size of hands able to wield the club. Trump did not.)

Addressing another flash point between Moscow and Washington, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Thursday said the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, between Russia and Germany, was a “bad deal,” echoing Mr. Biden’s resistance to the project.

The pipeline would reroute Russian natural gas exports to Europe under the Baltic Sea and bypass Ukraine. The project has been opposed by U.S. lawmakers on the grounds that it gives Moscow a stronger hold on Europe’s energy sector and stands to deny Kyiv billions of dollars in revenue from transit fees. The Trump administration also opposed the $11 billion project, which is led by Russia’s Gazprom.

Mr. Blinken said the United States, which has already placed sanctions on companies involved in building the pipeline, is monitoring which entities are still involved, and indicated they may be punished.

“The Department is tracking efforts to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” Mr. Blinken said, “and is evaluating information regarding entities that appear to be involved.”

My approval for the Biden tone and language concerning Putin is based on a basic construct for international relations. If one is dealing with a truly bad person who acts continuously with duplicity then it is necessary to approach the issue directly. It is essential that such people fully grasp the fact their behavior and actions from here going forward are unworkable. Anyone who reads or hears Biden’s statement knows fully that the clear, concise, and entirely appropriate discourse was what Putin needed to have heard over the past four years. Not hearing that clarion bell did the world no good.

Just another reason to be confident in our new president.

And so it goes.