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Russian officials warn ‘Alaska could be next’ don’t underestimate their threats

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In an attempt to scare the United States from holding the Kremlin accountable for war crimes in Ukraine, Russian officials threatened Wednesday that Moscow may put Alaska on their list of future targets. It seems like an idle threat but previous Russian threats to use nuclear weapons against the west shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

The Russians are testing the Biden Administration in ways it could have never imagined.

Threatening to target Alaska is an incredibly bold ultimatum. But it makes sense if the Kremlin is seeing how far they can push Biden. I believe the threats will continue to increase until the Russian government is put in its place either through tougher sanctions and stronger deterrence. I don’t believe that will happen under Biden.

But first, here’s some background on Alaska for those who don’t remember: the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million. It was a fantastic deal for the United States and one the Russians regret I’m sure. It was, however, a legitimate deal. We obtained Alaska under a binding contract.

I’m certain many of you, like me, want to believe these are just empty threats from Russian officials.  But we can’t think that way. Remember when U.S. officials underestimated al-Qaeda? That’s just one recent example. Look at what China is doing as far as expansion over the past several years. We are living in dangerous times and President Biden’s administration is making it far worse.

I don’t believe we should take anything for granted. I also don’t believe this is about taking Alaska, it is about making the Biden Administration – the United States – look weak before the rest of the world.

According to a MSN, Russia’s lower house speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, stated that the United States better watch out if it plans to seize or freeze Russian assets abroad. Volodin added, according to a translation in a news report that ‘instead ought to remember that Alaska previously belonged to Russia.”

“Let America always remember, there is a part of [Russian] territory: Alaska,” he said, according to Hromadske, as translated by The Daily Beast. “So when they start trying to dispose of our resources abroad, before they do it, let them think: we also have something to return.”

According to RBC, State Duma Vice Speaker Pyotr Tolstoy proposed holding a referendum in Alaska. 

I’m certain Russian leaders, along with President Vladimir Putin understand that their idle threats against the U.S. could lead to a dangerous global escalation. So what’s the end game? Why does he keep on pushing both against United States policy, as well as Ukraine?

How will the U.S. respond now to these threats? Do we sit back and do what the Russians want? Do we stand up to Putin? Do we wait and see if they are blustering?

Putin, on the other hand, has nothing to lose. Well, except his own so-called honor and he will do anything to save face. That puts us in a very dangerous and precarious position.

On Wednesday, Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council chaired by President Vladimir Putin, denounced the U.S. Medvedev stated that the United States was working to “spread chaos and destruction across the world for the sake of ‘true democracy.’”

Medvedev escalated an already dangerous situation adding the U.S. will face the “wrath of God” if it pushes for an international tribunal to investigate Russia’s actions in its war in Ukraine, as reported in Politico.  

These shouldn’t be just taken as idle threats. We’ve already been threatened by Moscow over Ukraine multiple times. The question is why do they feel so emboldened? The Russians, like other enemy states, are emboldened by the Biden administration’s visible weakness and frankly, idiocy.

Putin knows this and Medvedev understands this. It is the reason these threats are so grandiose, so big in scale they almost seem ridiculous. However, they are not. They are testing our strength, our fortitude and showing the world that the administration now in power in the United States is the weakest in modern history.

Medvedev actions are emboldening other enemy actors like China and Iran. The Russian’s are also using our own internal national divisions to create deeper rifts in our nation. They are amplifying those divisions with their own propaganda. It is the same propaganda that is used by the radical left and the Biden Administration to degrade the the United States. It is done by altering and twisting our own history.

For example, Medvedev said, “the entire U.S. history since the times of subjugation of the native Indian population represents a series of bloody wars.”  He stated on his Telegram channel that the U.S. has participated in atrocities, pointing to the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan during World War II but failing to mention that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and refused to end the war.  He brought up Vietnam and stated “was anyone held responsible for those crimes? What tribunal condemned the sea of blood spilled by the U.S. there?”

All of his statements are half lies and twisted truths. They don’t take into account the time frame, the wars or the history. They do, however, carry a heavy burden and certainly actions during war are filled with regret and sorrow. They also plays right into the same propaganda used by the left to degrade the United States and its core principals. Because of that it Medvedev’s statements put the radical left in the Biden Administration in a quandary.

Couple that with an extremely weak White House, a fragile and failing president that could not deter Russia from invading and targeting Ukraine.

It has become a nightmare. There are still three years left of Biden’s presidency. Our enemies are well aware of this also and they will do what it takes to keep the U.S. weak. They are becoming more and more emboldened. As I often say in my podcast ‘The Sara Carter Show,’  “2024 can’t come fast enough.”

Our nation is at stake. The future of the world is at stake. If we have learned anything from what’s happened over the past several decades is that we should never underestimate our enemies.

More importantly, believe everything they say. We need new leadership in the White House because it is the one thing we can do to protect ourselves from what our enemies have promised they want to do to our nation and our way of life.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC 

 

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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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