President Joe Biden is a bizarre mixture of incompetent and insane all-in-one. He’s incompetent because everything here in the United States is falling apart. Biden is insane because, even as everything here barely holds itself together, the forty-sixth president continues his undying support for Ukraine.
In fact, Biden even infamously traveled to Ukraine to express his solidarity with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy while East Palestine, Ohio, was subjected to one of the country’s worst chemical spills in history.
That’s just bad politics on the part of the Biden. All politics is, after all, local. And Ohio is much more “local” for Biden’s political purposes than Ukraine is.
So, what gives? Why is Biden so bizarrely obsessed with the Ukraine issue?
Biden Went from a Dove to a Hawk on Russia
It isn’t because Biden is such a hawk. Throughout the course of his very long career, Biden has a history of appeasement with the world’s great dictators.
During the Cold War, then-Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), as a key member of the powerful United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, was pro-détente with the Soviet Union. Even as Ronald Reagan was pushing hard against the USSR, Biden was pleading with Soviet leaders not to nuke the United States because of what believed was Reagan’s hawkishness.
In the 1990s, as NATO was expanding beyond its original western European members and into former Soviet bloc states, then-Sen. Biden gave speeches warning against NATO expansion as being needlessly provocative to the post-Soviet government in Russia.
Come to the 2020s, with Joe Biden as our supposed Commander-in-Chief, is courting possible nuclear war with the very same country—Russia—that he had spent the first part of his political career seeking to accommodate (even at the expense of US national security).
Whatever sympathy we may share with the plight of the Ukrainian people (and most Americans do sympathize with their woes that have been brought about by the Russians), few have dared ask President Biden why his heart is in Ukraine the way that it is?
Well, the picture becomes clearer the more that the House Republican investigation into America’s First Son, Hunter Biden, continues uncovering new layers of corruption in a career of pernicious illicit international influence-peddling (likely done on behalf of Hunter’s presidential father).
Having previously sat on the board of Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma (along with the former president of Poland and J. Cofer Black of CIA counterterrorism fame), it has since been alleged that Hunter made an astonishing $5 million in bribes while he “worked” in Ukraine from 2013-2016.
We know from other reporting that the likely Biden Crime Syndicate was established in such a way so as to insulate Joe Biden from the corrupt deals his son was brokering on his behalf.
With each deal Hunter concluded with a foreign government or multinational business, Hunter then disseminated cuts of those funds to the rest of his family members, and most likely his father (something that he lamented being made to do in a What’s App text conversation with his oldest daughter in 2019).
Remember Tony Bobulinski, who was a close business associate of Hunter’s, alleged that Joe Biden got 10 percent of all the action that Hunter’s business generated by trading access to Joe Biden’s various political offices with those foreign governments and multinational businesses.
Ukraine was one of the largest “investors” into the Biden Syndicate.
Many have made the erroneous argument that the Russians were always planning to invade Ukraine. That, had Trump been reelected, Moscow still would have invaded. Except that Trump would have ignored the crisis and let Putin have his way there. In fact, for the entirety of Trump’s presidency, the Russians never once dared to even threaten Ukraine.
The Russians were fearful about a Trump reaction to any real provocation by them in Ukraine. What’s more, lethal aid and other forms of assistance continued flowing into Ukraine while Trump was president.
It is more than likely that the invasion would have never occurred in a second Trump term. Interestingly, the Russians chose to make their big move within the first half of the Biden Administration’s term.
Deep down, while most Americans sympathize with the Ukrainians, and rightly so, few Americans support risking a nuclear third-world war with Russia over Ukraine. I suspect that even Biden doesn’t truly want to risk that.
Ukraine Bribes, Then Blackmails Biden
Alas, Biden is proving to be little more than a rubber stamp on any and all requests for aid from Ukraine—no matter how absurd or egregious—which should be the giveaway as to why. It isn’t because he loves Ukraine. It’s because Ukraine secured Biden’s undying loyalty years ago.
What’s more, Mykola Zlochevsky, the Ukrainian business owner of Burisma, the natural gas company that Hunter sat on the board of, kept 15 audio recordings of his dealings with Hunter as well as two more recordings of dealing directly with then-Vice-President Joe Biden for insurance purposes.
The House GOP is demanding access to this information. Biden’s FBI is stonewalling the Republican investigators.
According to Zlochevsky’s recordings, not only was Hunter Biden allegedly paid $5 million for his services, but Joe Biden was allegedly paid an additional $5 million for whatever services he was rendering to Burisma.
Plus, Biden himself admitted to using his power as the Obama Administration’s vice-president to get the Ukrainian government to squelch a corruption investigation into his son.
The financial and political incentives for Joe Biden to ensure that the Ukrainians were protected from any threat—notably Russia—so long as they paid him and protected his son from legal action explains why the forty-sixth president has been so committed to Ukraine.
He likely doesn’t care one iota about the country or its suffering people. For him, it’s about protecting his financial interests and preventing whatever blackmail the Ukrainians have on Hunter and the rest of the Biden Family from getting out.
Joe Biden Serves Chinese Interests, Too
And remember, each day that passes with greater and greater levels of US commitment to Ukraine is another day that Washington loses to properly standing up to China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific or deterring Iran from threatening their neighbors in the Indo-Pacific.
In the case of China, Biden has happily taken gobs of money from Beijing as he did from Kyiv. For Iran, Biden desires to restore his old boss, Barack Obama’s, silly nuclear deal so that he can hand the Middle East over to Tehran, consequences be damned.
This is who Biden is: he is corrupt, foolish, and completely incompetent. But Biden’s otherwise inexplicable actions in Ukraine are better understood when one takes into account the massive amounts of money what many are calling now the Biden Syndicate was being paid by Kyiv to protect them from the rapacious Russians.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.