If you thought Biden’s recent “deal” with Putin (i.e., the prisoner swap) was bad, then the subsequent “defense” of such a terrible deal is even worse.
Prior to segueing into the White House’s pitiable excuses, it is perhaps worthwhile to consider an American ally’s assessment of Viktor Bout, who Biden just freed.
British Foreign Office minister Peter Hain crisply outlined all the ways in which Bout is a remarkably dangerous person, per a report from the BBC.
“Bout is the leading merchant of death who is the principal conduit for planes and supply routes that take arms… from East Europe, principally Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine to Liberia and Angola. The UN has exposed Bout as the center of a spider’s web of shady arms dealers, diamond brokers and other operatives, sustaining the wars,” Hain remarked grimly.
Yep. Even that kind of a rap sheet isn’t enough to prevent Biden from bowing down to the woke brigade.
Hain, who coined the phrase “Merchant of Death” to detail Bout’s literally bloody arms trafficking, is likely unimpressed by the fact that Bout is going free, all due to an anti-American WNBA star bringing in illegal vapes to Russia.
Needless to say, in light of the gravity of the situation, the response from NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby was less than desirable.
During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with host Martha Raddatz, Kirby delivered a bizarre justification for why Biden swapped Bout.
“He would have gone free anyway in 2029. He wasn’t serving a life sentence,” Kirby declared.
In other words, Democrats have translated their “no bail” or “get out of jail early” cards into the international sphere.
Raddatz, clearly taken aback, remarked, “that’s a long way away.”
“It’s six years away,” Kirby replied defensively, “and nobody’s doing backflips over there about the fact that Mr. Bout is a free man six years earlier than he would have been.”
Yeah? Tell that to all Mr. Bout’s victims in the next “six years” (by the way, Kirby, 2029 is technically seven years away, not six).
To be fair, nobody but “the Big Guy” is likely pleased, as he may well be doing backflips in secrecy with his duplicitous son, given their penchant for nefarious overseas business deals worth well into the tens of millions of dollars.
Who knows, perhaps Hunter may devise an opportunity to channel even more weapons through Bout’s nefarious enterprise to Eastern Europe, regardless of who the ultimate recipients happen to be.
Kirby’s defense becomes even more ridiculous after asserting that the United States would still, somehow, be able to adopt a defensive national security position after releasing one of the most dangerous criminals in the world.
“We’re obviously going to look after our national security going forward and Mr. Bout has choices to make. If Mr. Bout goes back to his previous line of work, then we’re going to do what we need to do to hold him accountable and protect our interests,” Kirby brayed.
And, pray tell, how will the American government achieve that? Trading him for another captured celebrity?
And as far as “protect our interests” is concerned … whose interests, exactly?
As “our” doesn’t feel terribly united anymore.
Needless to say, a senior Pentagon official clearly has more of a clue than Kirby.
“I think there is a concern that [Bout] would return to doing the same kind of work that he’s done in the past,” the official fretted.
Well, that concern is well-warranted.
After all, after returning to Moscow, Bout recently bragged on Russian television that he “wholeheartedly” supports the ongoing war in Ukraine, adding that he would certainly volunteer to further Putin’s ostensible cause.
“If I could, I would share the skills I have and I would readily volunteer,” Bout continued.
Yep. He has the skills, that’s for sure. And Biden knows it.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pummeled Biden’s decision, noting that it sets a terrible precedent for international relations going forward.
“We weren’t going to trade bad guys for celebrities because it creates the wrong incentives for the bad guys. As we go forward, it’s not good for American national security. It’s not good for people who are traveling across the world,” Pompeo remarked grimly.
No, it most certainly isn’t. After all, other countries have clearly taken notes on Biden’s unimpressive deal.
Even Democrats have recognized the dangers of the Biden administration’s decision. Senator Bob Menendez issued a statement wherein he made his feelings clear.
“[W]e cannot ignore that releasing Bout back into the world is a deeply disturbing decision,” Menendez remarked.
A deeply disturbing decision made by a deeply disturbing government.
You don’t say …
Author: Jane Jones