After the constant demands of the media to have a news conference, President Biden finally did just that. While the media was hoping to trip him up with some gotcha question – they were the ones who ended up looking rather absurd while he answered the questions with some fairly thorough and informed responses – making history with the longest presidential news conference in history. Among the topics of conversation that came up was the possibility that Vladimir Putin will invade Ukraine as he’s been positioning himself to do. Despite the stakes in the region, the news largely skewed Biden’s remarks as ambiguous, so Vice President Harris decided to set the record straight during an interview on NBC’s Today.
Several times, the Kremlin has been warned that an invasion of Ukraine would be met with aggressive economic sanctions through diplomatic channels – a fact that the vice president reiterated to her interviewer Savannah Guthrie. Like her colleagues, Guthrie seemed to focus on a talking point about the US not taking a firm enough stance on Russia in this fight and Harris was having none of it – firmly asserting: “Savannah, I’m being clear with you right now, and so if you’re interested, I’ll continue to be clear.”
With the rest of NATO, this administration is prepared for Putin to test the limits of what he can get away with without retaliation, but it’s about time that the media is called out on what this looks like – a clamor for a pre-emptive strike – the strategy that led to the disastrous Iraq War in 2003 and should be avoided at all costs. As this administration cleans up from the last two Republican administrations, this is just one reminder of how corrosive their lack of leadership can be on our institutions, and why they should never be trusted with power again.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making