Biden. Foot in mouth or calculated risk?
President Biden has a very tough job. On one hand, he is looked at as the leader of the “free world”, regardless of what Europeans think. On the other hand, he has to walk a fine line; pushing for democratic change while not advocating violence and uprising in non-democratic or quasi-democratic countries.
Many of the world’s governments are quasi-democratic. You can vote but the list of candidates is usually very thin or the “opposition” only exists on the ballot.
Biden stated (March 26th), referring to Putin, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” and on March 28th, clarified for the media by stating “I am not walking anything back, I was expressing the moral outrage that I feel, and I make no apologies for it.”
On one hand, Biden seems to be stating, clearly, that Putin should be ousted BUT Biden Is also stating that his remark was an expression of his moral outrage and not a suggestion that Putin be ousted forcefully.
Whatever you may think of Putin, Russia is a democracy (quasi, I think) and it’s up to the Russian people to oust him from power. Maybe that’s the actual message. What do you think; was Biden correct in making his statements and will such statements help or hurt the prospects for peace between Russia and Ukraine?