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Russia Orders U.S. Senior Diplomat to Leave Country Amid Tensions

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Tensions among the United States, Russia and Ukraine are not subsiding. President Joe Biden and his administration have vigorously and repeatedly told Americans to leave the region, likely trying to avoid a catastrophic result similar to that in Afghanistan.

President Biden was even so kind as to tell Americans if they don’t leave and get stuck, they will not be “rescued” after not listening. In the latest news, Russia has expelled the second-most senior American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

On Thursday, a State Department spokesman said “Russia’s action against our [deputy chief of mission] was unprovoked and we consider this an escalatory step and are considering our response,” referring to Russia ordering U.S. deputy chief of mission Bart Gorman to leave the country despite having a valid visa.

National Review reports the expulsion comes after President Biden said he believes Russia could invade Ukraine in the next several days. Biden has said roughly 150,000 Russian troops have gathered at the Ukraine border.

Russia claims it has decreased the troop presence, but NATO and U.S. officials say there is “no evidence” of such claims. “Every indication that we have is that they are prepared to go into Ukraine, attack Ukraine,” Biden said. “My sense is it will happen within the next several days,” he added.

“We call on Russia to end its baseless expulsions of U.S. diplomats and staff and to work productively to rebuild our missions,” the State Department spokesman added. “Now more than ever, it is critical that our countries have the necessary diplomatic personnel in place to facilitate communication between our governments.”

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  1. Wade Dukes

    February 19, 2022 at 9:24 am

    How lucky are we to have Merv the Perv Biden and his exceptional leadership in the White House during this crisis.

  2. Profx

    February 20, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Presidents did NOT leave Americans behind until Bengazi. Now Joe Biden leaves Americans behind… again.
    The weakness of the EU and of Biden created this horrific situation where death counts will be staggering. Will America ignore the reality of what is happening just like we did in Hitler’s Germany?
    It is disturbing that Joe cares more about electric cars than he does about human life…

    • MicMac69

      February 24, 2022 at 11:31 am

      What a disgustingly coward nation… but what else to expect from a nation with a corrupt, decrepit pedo-president and a corrupt government dominated by the kipa-gang?

    • MicMac69

      February 24, 2022 at 11:51 am

      Do you remember you were Stalin’s enthused allies during WWII? And you abandoned 350M people including Ukraine to become slaves of your ally? Do you remember how many Americans died defending not American but british and jewish interests? Do you remember you were AWOL in 56 when Hungarians were expecting assistance, or in 68 and the Spring of Prague? You’ve been a disaster in Vietnam – and left many of yours behind… you’ve been everywhere a disaster! Do you remember you americans have funded the Wuhan laboratory research? Do you remember Polansky, Allen, Weinstein, Epstein, Maxwell and so many more are/were american pedo-rapist-jews and your president is a pedo-rapist judeo-irish-catholic like so many of your clergy? Since when have you americand gave a … on human life in other than hypocrite way? NEVER!

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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