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Foreign policy expert tells MSNBC: ‘White House weak’ in Ukraine

Appearing on MSNBC on Wednesday morning, Eurasia Center’s Melinda Haring Biden denounced the White House as “weak” when it came to helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia’s brutal invasion, especially after the administration canceled efforts to supply warplanes to Poland. – Destroyed neighbor. He further added that he would not “expect too much” from Vice President Harris, who is visiting Eastern Europe, who is “not a foreign policy expert at all.”

At 9:00 am ET, anchor Chris Jansing was surprised: “… So what are the other diplomatic options, what are the alternatives without fighter jets, what could be the conversation between the NATO leaders, what could happen with the Vice President visiting Poland today, that look for an off-ramp for Vladimir Putin?”

Haring replied: “Chris, I think we need to talk a little more about fighter jets. I know you want to look at other options. “

What the Pentagon has said is nonsense. They said it was logically difficult to transfer about 30 MiGs from Poland to Ukraine. This is absolutely nonsense. If you talk to a military expert, the flight from the Polish base to the Ukrainian base where we have to remove them is less than an hour. And Russia has no air force, not risky. The White House does not want to do that. The White House is weak and there is no fuss, that’s for sure.

So I think the White House needs to consult with some foreign military experts and get some different views on this. I think it is undesirable that millions of Ukrainians are dying, innocent children, innocent women who have done nothing wrong and we are standing in the way. So I’m really, really disappointed with the Biden administration.

In the context of the Vice President’s visit to Poland, Haring dismissed the notion that it would help anything: “But I don’t expect much from Harris’ tour. He is not a foreign policy expert at all.

At the beginning of the discussion, Jansing asked former NATO commander General John Allen: “Militarily at this very moment in the war, does it mean that these jets are in the hands of the Ukrainian military today, tomorrow, as soon as possible?” Allen replied: “I think that, in fact, … the ability to provide close air support against the Russian formation or against the long column of pro-Russian troops, and that Russian strengthening could have a real effect on Russian morale, could have a real effect. On the Russian power to achieve. “

Later, when Jansing harmoniously raised the possibility of NATO supplying Ukraine with “World War III” jets, Haring pushed back:

Wrong, this is not the possibility of a third world war. Disputes will not escalate if you fly under 30 jets in less than an hour. If you want to get rid of Putin, you have to show real strength. This is the only thing that is going to stop this war.

Allen then shouted: “I agree.”

One surprised Jansing concluded: “There is a consequential debate going on – you agree. Okay, so the story goes on. “

Each time, the liberal media brings in a guest who deprives the pro-democracy narrative and captures an anchor of the guard.

Here is a transcript of the March 9 discussion:

9:15 AM ET

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Chris Jansing: General, Pentagon press person, John Kirby, said this yesterday: “There is no substantive argument for a deal on Polish jets because of the risk of greater collisions.” But from Zelenskyy’s point of view, there is a hope, almost, no return, to end all this before it reaches a point. Military – Military In this moment of war, does it make sense to get those jets in the hands of the Ukrainian military today, tomorrow, as soon as possible?

Gene. John Allen [NATO INTL. SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCE FORMER COMMANDER]: I think it is. As President Zelensky has said, and we have seen the emergence of this strategic situation, especially as the Russians try unsuccessfully to encircle Kiev, unsuccessfully, moving to the possible assembly area for a final attack on the capital. And when they move into those positions, having the ability to provide close air support against the Russian formation or against the long columns of Russian support troops, and Russian reinforcements can have a real impact on Russian morale, can have a real impact on Russian power. Achieve his purpose.

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9:17 AM ET

Jansing: Well, Melinda, let’s move on to that big picture, because obviously what has been done so far has not changed Vladimir Putin’s calculus, so what are the other diplomatic options, what are the alternatives without warplanes, what could be the conversations? Staying in NATO leaders, could the Vice President be with him when he travels to Poland today, looking for an off-ramp for Vladimir Putin?

Melinda Haring [THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL DEPUTY DIRECTOR, EURASIA CENTER]: Chris, I think we need to talk a little more about fighter jets. I know you want to see other options.

Jansing: Of course.

Haring: What the Pentagon has said is nonsense. They said it was logically difficult to transfer about 30 MiGs from Poland to Ukraine. This is absolutely nonsense. If you talk to a military expert, the flight from the Polish base to the Ukrainian base where we have to remove them is less than an hour. And Russia has no air force, not risky. The White House does not want to do that. The White House is weak and there is no fuss, that’s for sure.

So I think the White House needs to consult with some foreign military experts and get some different views on this. I think it is undesirable that millions of Ukrainians are dying, innocent children, innocent women who have done nothing wrong and we are standing in the way. So I’m really, really disappointed with the Biden administration.

Now in terms of diplomacy, the Russians and Ukrainians have started talking about alternatives, and yesterday, Zelensky said he was open to some options and the Russians said they wanted to recognize Crimea as their own and that it wanted to be a people’s republic. Recognized as theirs, and they want Ukraine to abandon its NATO aspirations, so that it is the first real kind of inauguration between Ukraine and Russia and is going to be discussed there soon.

But I don’t expect much from Harris’s tour. He is not a foreign policy expert at all.

Jansing: So I want to go back to what you said at the beginning – and our time is up, but I think it’s worth a follow-up – that’s what it is, so what you say to the Biden administration, what you say to NATO leaders who say, “Yes, If we can do that, what you see is a real possibility of a third world war “?

Haring: Wrong, this is not a possibility of a third world war. Disputes will not escalate if you fly under 30 jets in less than an hour. If you want to get rid of Putin, you have to show real strength. This is the only thing that is going to stop this war.

Jansing: A fruitful debate that is going on –

Allen: I agree.

Jansing: You agree. Okay, so the story goes on.

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