Biden Orders New Round of Sanctions

Biden Orders New Round of Sanctions

( – On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a war against Ukraine that he may have thought would quickly bring them to their knees. However, the resolve of Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and its people has slowed him down. President Joe Biden recently announced another set of Russian sanctions to increase pressure on Putin and his gang of oligarchs to end their vicious attack on Ukraine.

President Biden has, as usual, has been sending mixed messages by increasing these monetary measures before proclaiming in a speech that “sanctions don’t deter.” Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) called out the administration for its contradictory statements, noting that Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in January that “[he] defended the administration’s decision to delay imposing sanctions” so that America would not “lose the deterrent effect.” He then asked the simple question: “which is it?”

The president also warned that the effects of these punishments aimed at Russia will likely trigger food shortages on the shelves of Europe and America. However, earlier in that week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “we’re not expecting a food shortage here at home.” Again, it leaves the question lingering.

That brings us to important points to ponder, like if the sanctions are not going to work, why is that the only measure President Biden will try? And, what is his true endgame here?

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