White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki just unwittingly revealed the real reason why President Joe Biden has not sanctioned Russia’s energy sector following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to Psaki, it is because Biden doesn’t want to hurt the U.S. economy.
What Psaki doesn’t seem to realize is that in saying this she, more or less, just admitted that Biden is essentially funding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Striking a balance
A reporter asked Psaki on Friday whether the Biden administration was considering sanctioning Russia’s energy sector.
But again, to go back to the princi- — some of the principles here, our sanctions are designed to harm Russia’s economy, not our economy, and that’s a key balance that we’re clearly trying to strike. And I think when Daleep — as Daleep has been in here a few times over the last week, he has conveyed we do risk assessments — right? — and impact assessments, and that’s a part of it.
The other factor here on the energy sector is that starting out with energy or — could actually benefit President Putin and pad his pockets because, given high oil and gas prices, cutting off Russian oil and gas could drive prices up to Putin’s benefit.
“So, that’s obviously a factor as well, but it’s not off the table. But we look at a range of issues,” she concluded.
You can’t make this stuff up
Countless commentators have been arguing that if you want to make Russian President Vladimir Putin pay for his invasion of Ukraine, and if you want to put an end to the matter, the way to do it is to sanction the Russian energy sector. But, Biden has refused.
Psaki says it’s because Biden doesn’t want to harm the U.S. economy. But, this leaves a lot unsaid.
One thing that is left unsaid is that it will harm the U.S. economy only because the Biden administration has been unwilling to allow oil and gas production to take place on U.S. land. This is despite the fact that it would help America to become energy independent and the fact that it would help America’s allies, considering that they would no longer have to rely on the likes of Russia for energy.
The other big thing that Psaki leaves unsaid is that this arrangement ensures that Russia will keep profiting off of its energy sector, and it is these profits that are allowing them to carry out the current invasion of Ukraine. Or, as stated at the outset, Biden is essentially funding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
What it all boils down to is that Biden and the left are not willing to sacrifice its climate change agenda to stop Putin. And, until it does, it’s unlikely that Putin will slow down.