Pete Riehm
Did complicity or debility invite naked aggression?
By Pete Riehm
March 2, 2022

After weeks of posturing and prevaricating by all parties, the world was stunned that Russia actually finally launched a full scale military invasion of Ukraine. While blatantly lying for months that they were only conducting military exercises, Russia has been assembling a massive military force on the Ukrainian border for most of the past year. Western nations pretty much knew what was happening, but they dismissed or ignored it until the last few weeks. Russia lied about their intentions and western nations lied about knowing about Russian intentions and about their so-called opposition. The United States and Europe enticed Putin with their fecklessness and weakness; and they also allowed it with their policies that are still quietly trading with Russia while publically scolding them.

Europe is a hot mess. Despite an unhealthy fealty to the European Union’s tyrannical bureaucracy, European nations are largely cowardly, greedy, and immoral; they will sell their mothers and certainly their principles to make a buck. Overrun with leftists of every variety, they are only unified in replacing Christianity with progressive diversity. With only a few exceptions, NATO nations have failed to uphold their obligations to defend themselves with adequate defense spending. And when German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the most manly leader in Europe, Putin knew without American leadership, the Europeans could never agree and unify much less act to thwart his evil designs.

Until a year ago, the missing piece was a weak America, but once Biden was installed into the Oval Office, Putin knew he could move forward with his sinister scheme. Aside from pruning military budgets, Biden demoralized our once proud military by accusing them of rampant racism and refocusing their mission on endless self-introspection to root out fictitious extremism in the ranks. Woke Admirals and Generals more committed to politics than defense have deprived our military of sound leadership while drowning them with non-stop silly therapies. The absolute debacle in retreating from Afghanistan showed our enemies that the USA had lost its military might to “wokeness” and its resolve to leftist expediency.

Biden’s military policies are atrocious, but he is so obviously weak and ineffective, all our enemies are emboldened. Literally wrong about everything in foreign affairs for half a century, Biden still doesn’t know he is an international dunce. He likes to bluster, but he’s clueless and gutless. The most dangerous man in the world is the one who doesn’t realize he is stupid; and that is only compounded when he is a loud-mouthed braggart. Everyone knows Biden won’t but also can’t make the hard decisions. His handlers are committed to globalism, so he will never defend America first.

For any who doubted, it’s now abundantly clear that when the USA is weak, the world becomes imminently more dangerous. However, it’s eminently worse when the USA loses its moral convictions and principles. When Biden removed President Trump’s sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline, that was a nod to Putin that America was backing off, but it is Biden’s war on the American energy industry that is financing Putin’s military adventurism.

During the Trump Administration, the USA became energy independent for the first time in over half century. In less than a year, Biden and his globalist henchmen have frittered that vital strength away and handed it to Putin on a silver platter. When oil was cheap and below $50 per barrel, Putin was deprived of energy revenues to fund his evil empire, but now that Biden’s ridiculous green policies have pushed oil to over $100 per barrel, Putin is awash in oil cash to fund his merciless military depredation of Ukraine.

With soaring gas prices punishing hard working Americans and funding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it’s a no brainer to restart the Keystone Pipeline and resume drilling on federal lands. America has the oil and we can drive the price down while spurring our economy and again precluding Putin from his oil and gas windfalls, but Biden refuses! Instead, he chortles about climate change and asks OPEC to provide more oil. So, Biden rather put more money in Middle Eastern or Venezuelan pockets than allow Americans cheap fuel and energy independence.

None of this seems to make sense, but it does if you understand the nefarious goals of globalist leftists. The West does not care about Ukrainian sovereignty as long as Putin stops there; they expect to include him in the new globalist world order of socialism everywhere, but he will betray them and eventually continue is territorial conquests. Leftists in America and Europe hate cheap fuel because that is liberty for working folks, so they are determined to enslave free people with high energy in another effort to make us dependent on government. Climate change is only a grand deception and sad excuse to fool people into forfeiting their freedoms for a safe planet.

European and American governments have sold out for globalism. There is hand wringing, but they gave up on Ukraine long before Russia invaded. However, there is a sliver of hope; the Ukrainians are fighting back and unbelievably still hanging on. Every day they hang on, more average people around the world are persuaded to their cause and those people are pressuring their governments to help Ukraine resist and survive. Ukraine has more than a chance because with each passing day their struggle becomes the world’s struggle against naked aggression!

If Russia cannot end this soon, Putin will be severely weakened. Watching intently, China has their finger on the Taiwan button, but if Russia stumbles, the Chinese are too cautious to act. The cards are still stacked against freedom and despite the complicity and debility of the western nations, the gritty people of Ukraine yearning for freedom may single handedly stall the march of globalism and tyranny. Pray for Ukraine and all liberty loving people.

“Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water” (Hosea 5:10).

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8 pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on MEWE @PeteRiehm or read all his columns at

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Born to German immigrants, Pete Riehm grew up in Texas as a first generation American. Working his way through college, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduating from the University of Houston, Pete was commissioned into the United States Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He also earned a Master's Degree in National Security from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas... (more)


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