Thomas Gallatin / May 19, 2021

Biden Green-Lights Putin’s Pipeline

The State Department waived sanctions against the company constructing the Russian-owned Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Who was it that Democrats and the Leftmedia repeatedly insisted was “colluding” with Vladimir Putin? Well, it appears that despite his tough-guy rhetoric, the man in the White House most guilty of acting as a Putin stooge is Joe Biden. On Tuesday, Biden’s State Department acknowledged that it’s waiving sanctions against the company building Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline — sanctions Donald Trump approved.

Makings matters worse is the fact that just two months ago, Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a statement affirming Biden’s commitment to enforcing the sanctions, noting, “Nord Stream 2 is a bad deal — for Germany, for Ukraine, and for our Central and Eastern European allies.”

Blinken even explained why it was a bad deal: “This pipeline is a Russian geopolitical project intended to divide Europe and weaken European energy security.” Moreover, he added, “The Biden Administration is committed to complying with that legislation. The Department reiterates its warning that any entity involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline risks U.S. sanctions and should immediately abandon work on the pipeline.”

What changed to now make waiving the sanctions good policy? Nothing. Instead, Biden’s talking tough and then backing down when it comes time to stand up. Germany wants the pipeline, so Biden folded. As Axios reports, “The Biden administration is not willing to compromise its relationship with Germany over this pipeline.” Evidently, standing by Ukraine in its increasingly tenuous situation with Russia is all mere talk too.

Besides this ill-advised bowing to a geopolitical rival, whatever happened to Biden’s commitment to combat global climate change? That was, after all, the lame justification given for his Day One executive order killing the Keystone XL pipeline, costing thousands of American jobs. Evidently, Biden’s insistence of needing to fight the global climate “crisis” stops at the U.S. border. Or maybe it’s just mere talk as well.

To round things up, Biden is acting to weaken America’s energy independence and infrastructure development, as well as put much of Europe under Putin’s sway, all while we’re still reeling from last week’s Russian cyberattack on our energy infrastructure via the Colonial Pipeline. So, tell us again, who’s the real Putin stooge?

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