Stupidocrisy: Loud talk no stick

On September 2, 1901, Teddy Roosevelt described the perfect foreign policy saying, “speak softly, and carry a big stick.” In this, he meant that foreign policy needed careful diplomacy and mediation backed by an unspoken threat of a powerful military. Roosevelt parlayed his “Big Stick” diplomacy into a surprise Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 after brokering a peace treaty to end the Russian-Japanese War. Today, we have another Russian war where the American president is employing the exact opposite of Roosevelt’s successful foreign policy—Speak loudly and carry a twig. In fact, Joe Biden is using empty and vain words accompanied by toothless sanctions that will only hurt the American people.

This is just what Democrats do—announce sanction after sanction by putting lipstick on these economic pigs through using words that the news media actually think are effective. How many times have we heard “Level 1 sanctions” or the “next level” as if they have all this strategically planned. Problem is, there is no teeth in the sanctions Biden has announced and there is no threat of harm if the sanctions are not heeded. This is no different that Jimmy Carter using food as a sanction against Russia for its invasion of Afghanistan in the last century. Or Carter threatening Iran after it took hostages at the US Embassy. The food sanctions bankrupted family farms by the thousands while Carter’s big agriculture supporters like Cargill and Continental made millions (I won an international award for breaking that story in 1979).

It was not until Ronald Reagan was elected that these things began to get straightened out. The Iranian hostages were released minutes after Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981. Why? Because Reagan implied harsh military action against Iran if the hostages were not released. Reagan also ended the grain embargo against the Soviet Union and began other military strengthening strategies that eventually led to the dismantling of the communist regime. Yes, Reagan used sanctions several times during his two-terms, but always with the big stick of military and/or economic power that motivated the bad guys toward the desired outcome. Biden is a compromised president.

Biden’s son’s and family’s finances depend on Russia and China, with dealings at the expense of people like you and me. So tough are Biden’s sanctions against Russia that America is actually helping fund Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Yes, you read right. The US buys in upwards of 10% of our oil from Russia, $70 million goes to Russia from the US each day because oil is not part of Biden’s sanctions. How much are you paying at the pump? Your electric bill? Food? Yet, we are putting money in Russia’s pocket with any drop of Russian oil imports. Ephesians 6 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words.” Yes, Biden’s vain words have no substance. Loud talk. No stick. Meanwhile, if we are nuked, make sure you follow the new White House guidelines by wearing your COVID mask and social distancing. Say it with me…Stupidocrisy.

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Bill Wilson