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Several weeks into the war in Ukraine, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Joe Biden if he agreed with those who call Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer.”

“I do,” said Biden.

Since calling Putin a killer, Biden has progressed to calling him “a war criminal,” “a murderous dictator,” “a pure thug” and “a butcher.”
It is difficult to recall an American president using such a string of epithets about the leader of a nation with which we were not at war.
What is Biden’s rationale? What is his purpose here?

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman, to their eternal embarrassment, called Joseph Stalin, a far greater monster than Putin, “good old Joe” and “Uncle Joe” when they sought his cooperation in World War II and the early postwar era.

Richard Nixon toasted the century’s greatest mass murderer Mao Zedong in the Great Hall of the People during his historic trip to China in 1972. His purpose: establish relations with America’s most hostile adversary — to help Nixon advance a “generation of peace.”
But when it comes to depicting Putin, who launched this invasion of Ukraine, Biden repeatedly reaches for the nastiest of insults.
But why?

“Putin deserves it,” say the champions of a Cold War II. We need more truth and candor in diplomacy. When Biden referenced Putin in the closing remarks of his address in Warsaw, Poland — “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power” — they were elated.
Biden was calling for regime change in Russia, calling for the people of Russia to administer to the “killer” and “butcher” the fate he deserves and remove him from power by any means necessary.

Within minutes of hearing their president go off-script with his call for regime change in Russia, White House aides and Cabinet officers were scrambling to assure reporters that the president of the United States did not mean what the president of the United States had just said.

Biden was expressing his “moral outrage” at the carnage Putin has unleashed on Ukraine, they said — and not making a change in U.S. policy.

For days, the president and his advisers argued over whether Biden had meant it literally when he said, “This man cannot remain in power.”

Sunday in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Antony Blinken sought to shut down the argument:

“As you know, and as you’ve heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter. In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russian people.”

One problem with Blinken’s statement is that the U.S. has been deeply involved, both during the Cold War and afterward, in “color revolutions” to effect the overthrow of autocrats we did not like.

Indeed, when Biden characterizes America’s cause in the world as leading the global struggle between democracy and autocracy, what is the desired and predetermined fate of the autocrats we oppose, if not their forcible ouster?

In 2014, the U.S. helped finance the Maidan Revolution that ousted a democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, in Kyiv. Sen. John McCain and the State Department’s Victoria Nuland had both been seen in the square cheering on the rebels.
A second problem is that Putin is many things other than the terms Biden used to describe him.

He commands the largest nuclear arsenal on earth and 10 times as many battlefield nuclear weapons as the U.S. military. He is the man we must look to if we hope to end the war in Ukraine. For Putin alone can order the Russian army to stand down or withdraw, presumably a goal of U.S. foreign policy.

If the president of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, Putin is up there alongside him, disposing of an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could bring an end to Western civilization.

Without Putin’s cooperation, the bloodletting goes on in Ukraine.

How does it advance the goal of getting his agreement to end the war in Ukraine for the U.S. president to repeatedly call him vile names?

Already, we have paid a price.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are finding their secure phones to their opposite numbers in the Russian government have gone silent.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov have not been picking up the phone.

In Moscow, there is talk of severing diplomatic relations with the United States because of Biden’s name-calling.

None of the aspiring peace-makers seeking to broker a cease-fire or truce in the Ukraine war are acting like this or using language like that.

President Emmanuel Macron of France, President Recep Erdogan of Turkey and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett of Israel have not used the kind of public language on Putin as has Biden.

We see the cost of what Biden is doing; wherein lies the benefit?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at

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  1. It sure is a case of the pot calling kettle a name. Joe Biden is guilty of the same crimes against the American citizens. He even has help, the other Democrats, Fauci, the WHO, Chinese, FBI, CIA and a whole host of other Socialist/Communist!

  2. And the WH has “walked back” so many things Joe has said. Why should we believe them? What the President says is US policy after all.

  3. Biden/Obama are hoping to get us into a war with Russia. Bidencannot remain in power, heneeds to be removed!

  4. When Peter Douche of Fox called out Biden on a question of three things: Biden called for regime change; Biden told US troops about when they get to Ukraine. and, if Putin used chemical weapons Biden said we would do the like. Biden answered that these did not occur. This bumbling idiot can’t remember one hour to the next what he said. Such a sad state of America having a feeble President, accompanied with his policies, Biden has brought down America in a short 15 months.

  5. Braindead Biden and cackles Kamala require impeachment in 2023, following Republican Congessional takeover in Nov 2022!

  6. LISTEN UP….PUTIN Deserves LIFE in PRISON or the DEATH PENALTY. HIS WAR CRIMES are EVIDENT. EYEWITNESS Testimony…VIDEOS…PHYSICAL Evidence etc etc. Do NOT let that MONSTER get Away with the EVIL HE Does. From SamuraiQueen. 😥😥😥😣😣😣

  7. Would Uncle Joe Biden be attempting to start World War 3? He just had to get into the history books and Dr. Jill also published a book about her travels as the Second lady when Joe was the V.P. for Obama.. She reiterated in the book how she yearned to live in the White House as the First Lady, fly on A.F.One and dance at an inaugural Ball. My advice to Dr. Jill “Be careful of what you wish for”.

  8. Biden and Putin could be identical Twins with the same Goals, and using the same methods to enslave their countries Citizens!

  9. Wonderful commentary. All true. Someone needs to give ol’ biden a good talking to. He’s not helping anyone. Not Ukraine and especially us.

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