A morally weak Biden invites Putin’s advances – AMAC



I wrote last week about the collapse of the Soviet Union due to the strength, moral clarity and leadership of President Ronald Reagan.

I quoted Reagan’s observation that the ultimate battle we fight, in the world and at home, is that of good and evil.

This battle never ends. Evil always seeks to advance, constantly seeking the retreat of the presence of good, as it seeks opportunities for expansion.

There is simply no other way to understand the horrific realities we face today.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bad man. A murderer and a thief. He chose to advance his outrageous and murderous agenda because he understood that in front of him in the world stood weakness and moral relativism, not strength and moral clarity.

While Putin is using Russia’s prodigious oil and gas production as a major weapon in his war of aggression, the Biden administration is waging its own war against the US oil and gas industry.

I wrote recently about Biden’s appointment of Sarah Bloom Raskin as vice chair for oversight on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Raskin is a leading voice for shutting down America’s oil and gas industry, which she has called a “dying industry.”

Under President Donald Trump, America’s oil and gas industry was booming. However, President Joe Biden has turned everything upside down.

The Biden administration sent the United States back to the Paris climate change agreement, from which Trump withdrew.

Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline that would have delivered 830,000 barrels per day of Canadian crude oil to the United States.

And the Biden administration has pledged to block all new oil and gas development on federal lands. One of the first casualties was the suspension of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Now, as Americans see gas pump prices soar, and Biden and Democrats worry about the fallout of this in an election year, the Biden administration is turning hat in hand to supply the socialist despot Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, who ruined his own country and was sanctioned by Trump.

Biden is also looking to Gulf producers Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to boost production.

In addition to the rocky relationship we now have with Saudi Arabia due to Biden’s misguided diplomacy, the Saudis and Emiratis fear, as The Wall Street Journal points out, of alienating the Russians, who are now a force in the Middle East.

How did the Russians become power brokers in the Middle East?

Israeli leader and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky writes in the Wall Street Journal that the Russians stepped in as a force in the Middle East to fill a strategic vacuum left when the Obama administration, of which our current president was a part, chose to ignore his threat to oppose Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own citizens. Then the Obama administration continued with its ill-conceived nuclear deal with Iran, which Trump withdrew from, and now the Biden administration is pushing to renew it.

Iran poses a threat to Gulf oil producers such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as to Israel, which it threatens to destroy.

Sharansky notes that after Obama’s retirement, the Russians set up a military base in Syria and are now negotiating its airspace. Israel depends on Russian goodwill to enable it to counter Iranian aggression in Syria, a direct threat to its security.

Two seats on the board of America’s biggest oil company, ExxonMobil, were won last year by Wall Street climate change activists committed to turning the oil company into “clean” energy.

Among Wall Street, the climate change activist is Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager.

Maybe our president and these billionaire leftists can explain their logic to the Ukrainian citizens currently being murdered by Putin.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”

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