Patrick Lawrence: The Question About Biden

In the wake of Zelensky’s wildly provocative statements, it is time to question whether the U.S. president has a personal interest in prolonging the war in Ukraine.

By Patrick Lawrence

September 21/22, 2023 – Information Clearing House Here is one especially twisted specimen as published in the Times last Wednesday under the headline, “Witness testimony Casts Doubt on Some Biden Impeachment Allegations.” Timothy Thibault, we read, was accused of meddling unlawfully in Hunter Biden’s tax case while he was with the FBI. Then: 

“Mr. Thibault said he had been subject to ‘baseless allegations’ of political interference in the tax case. Mr. Thibault said he actually had little involvement in the younger Mr. Biden’s case, other than to shut down the use of a confidential source who he discovered was actually a right-wing author whose information he feared would taint the legitimacy of the investigation.” 

Take a moment with this: When the Times is obfuscating in high gear, this is necessary. Timothy Thibault had nothing to do with the Biden tax case except that he suppressed the testimony of an informant because the informant — not named — had right-wing views — not described, probably merely conservative — and it is legitimate to ‘shut down’ informants because of their political views.” 

Plain–English translation: Timothy Thibault tampered with a witness because he was not a liberal. 

We are in for more than a year of this abuse, which is what it amounts to. But those defending Biden won’t win this way, either, in my estimation. Once again, mainstream Democrats and mainstream media manifest their fatal flaw: They are forever overestimating the stupidity of Americans — with the exception, of course, of liberals who think what they are told to think and see events as they are told to see them. Who think, in other words, Timothy Thibault is a stand-up, clean-hands guy. 

Zelensky’s Threatening Remarks

Biden with Zelensky in Kiev on Feb. 20. (White House, Adam Schultz, CC BY-ND 2.0)

Let’s briefly consider conditions on the ground in Ukraine. At this point the Biden regime’s charge into the war against Russia starts to look as reckless as the Light Brigade’s in Crimea all those years ago. This war is unwinnable, as Scott Ritter and various other military commentators have asserted. Realizing this, too many people are no longer on for the do-or-die bit and have begun to reason why. And as public support wavers and wanes, panic is again setting in.

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Among the clearest of many signs of this to date was a much-remarked interview Volodymyr Zelensky gave to The Economist last week. The Ukrainian president, clearly in desperation, suggested that Ukrainian refugees in Europe, who number in the millions, might resort to violence if the West withdrew its military support from the Kiev regime. As Glenn Greenwald put it in one of his System Update segments, the shockingly crude Zelensky may as well have said, “Give me your money or I will shoot you.”
It is possible Zelensky regularly threatens and insults Western leaders because he is told to do so in the joint effort to maintain public support. The nearly routine visits to Kiev by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, C.I.A. Director William Burns, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and, once, Biden himself suggest this: “Now get out there and bark at us, Vlod, life-and-death style, and don’t forget the dirty T–shirt, so people will acquiesce when we send the artillery, tanks, jets, and money you demand.” 

Zelensky addressed the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday before heading to Washington for talks with Biden and another Dionysian love fest on Capitol Hill. It will be interesting to watch his demeanor, as we read now he has been told to be more thankful.

It is also possible Zelensky is a monster utterly without principles who not even Biden can control. The Economist interview suggests this. Here is part of the British weekly’s interpolation: 

“Curtailing aid to Ukraine will only prolong the war, Mr. Zelensky argues. And it would create risks for the West in its own backyard. There is no way of predicting how the millions of Ukrainian refugees in European countries would react to their country being abandoned. Ukrainians have generally ‘behaved well’ and are ‘very grateful’ to those who sheltered them. They will not forget that generosity. But it would not be a ‘good story’ for Europe if it were to ‘drive these people into a corner.’”

It is these remarks, the most wildly provocative Zelensky has made to date, that prompt me to ask the question suggested above. No one has yet posed it.

Consider: If FBI informants and others are reporting witness accounts of $5 million payments to Biden père et fils, reliable accounts of the interactions that led to them, bales of pertinent text and email messages and Joe Biden’s direct role in the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor investigating these matters, everybody in Kiev who counts is probably aware of the Bidens’ dealings, at least in outline, and Zelensky must know of them in detail. Is there some other plausible conclusion to draw?

The follow-on question is very simple and very large. Does Zelensky have enough on Biden to get whatever he wants — the HIMARS rocket systems, the howitzers, the tanks and APCs, the F–16s, the scores of billions of dollars, much of which Biden’s people know full well is black-marketed or embezzled?

It is time to ask this question, immense in its implications as it is. 

Patrick Lawrence, a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune, is a columnist, essayist, lecturer and author, most recently of Journalists and Their Shadows.   Other books include Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century. His Twitter account, @thefloutist, has been permanently censored.  Via Consortium News

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4 responses to “Patrick Lawrence: The Question About Biden”

  1. Woopy Avatar

    Oligarchs who want the Ukraine fiasco to continue will not back the Biden presidential bid if he doesn’t continue to fund the illegitimate Nazi government of Ukraine. For sure Biden wouldn’t want to lose the Victoria Nuland gang support and certainly Victoria Nuland has big time backers.

    1. scrdmgl Avatar

      I’m amazed to see how contributors to this blog insist in blaming either US presidents or individual members of his administration, as responsible for government policies. All of them including presidents, have their own style and personality, however the correct interpretation needs to be to talk in terms of regime, including the so called opposition which in fact share the same values and philosophy with variations in language and expression, but not different in any meaningful way. In my long years of political activism (I’m 79 going on 80) I’ve never seen anything like the present American political scene and actions. As many annalists and qualified observers mention, these are clear signs of mortal decline and around the corner death by implosion. Who can have any doubts about it, is crystal clear. Have we forgotten past US history since the end of WWII and every single administration in power since then?
      My modest knowledge on the subject is unusual for a common citizen, since I’m fully aware of American history true nature since the pilgrims touched land all those centuries ago.
      It was an experiment bound to fail from day one, too much pernicious and deadly baggage, religious and otherwise. That my friends is the big picture that few can envision.

  2. Walt Avatar

    The Times is a London newspaper.
    If you mean the New York Times, please say so.

  3. Prometheus Avatar

    Ken Z€£en$KKKy needs to link up with Barbie and retire to Mama Tin$€£town.
    They could raise the next generation of tin-pot Rambos.