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Whether it’s George Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin Always Seems to Get Away With It

Brittany Jordan

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting via a video conference call in Moscow, Russia, December 5, 2021. (Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Pool via Reuters)

In one of his worst assessments as president, George W. Bush said of Vladimir Putin, “I looked the man in the eye. I found him very straightforward and trustworthy – I was able to get a sense of his soul.”

Barack Obama took office and he and Hillary Clinton immediately offered Russia a reset button. Putin responded by taking over Crimea. Late in his presidency, Obama blew off warnings that Russia was attempting to meddle in U.S. elections.

Donald Trump almost never uttered a critical word of Vladimir Putin, and infamously declared at the Helsinki Summit that he had confidence in Putin’s promise that he didn’t inferere in the U.S. election of 2016.

And now Joe Biden has declared, before the entire world, that the U.S. might not respond strongly to a minor incursion, that NATO members are divided on what to do about Russia’s aggression, and that European members fear the economic consequences of new sanctions on Russia.

More than two decades, four presidents, two parties, at least three different foreign policy mindsets. And through it all, Vladimir Putin has run rings around whoever was in the Oval Office, getting away with invasions, hacking, human rights abuses, assassinations, shooting down passenger airliners… it is spectacularly dispiriting that no matter how tough a candidate sounds on the campaign trail, once they get into the Oval Office, the president starts thinking, “I’m sure Vladimir Putin is a rational guy, and my undeniable persuasive charm can get him to see reason at the negotiating table… if I threaten one more round of economic sanctions, surely that will get him to see the wickedness of his ways.”

 

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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