HILL: Biden sleep-walking through history

President Joe Biden responds to reporter's questions during a meeting on efforts to lower prices for working families, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Our president, Joseph Robinette Biden, has Neville Chamberlain written all over him. 

Biden might as well start wearing high-starched collars and carry an umbrella everywhere with him as British Prime Minister Chamberlain did while he was being manipulated, out-foxed and lied to by Adolf Hitler in 1938.  

Everyone knew Hitler was a bad actor during his rise to power in the 1930s in Germany. Chamberlain, presumably with good intentions but laden with extreme naivete, flew to Munich to negotiate a peace treaty with Hitler ostensibly to avoid losing 850,000 British lives as they did in “The Great War” with the German Kaiser, which ended in 1918. 

Upon landing at the Heston aerodrome on September 30, 1938, Chamberlain addressed the crowd.  

“The settlement of the Czechoslovakian problem, which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace. This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine [shows paper to crowd].  

… We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. 

Later, upon arriving at 10 Downing Street, Chamberlain tried to assure his fellow Britons: “My good friends, for the second time in our history (Benjamin Disraeli being the first in 1878), a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour.  

I believe it is peace for our time.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  

Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” 

Some “nice quiet sleep.” Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler led to the greatest nightmare in human history.  

Chamberlain gave Hitler exactly what he wanted — the annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. He got nothing in return other than a signed piece of paper. Hitler proceeded to break every promise and plunged Britain and the world into the catastrophically unthinkable World War II. 

President Biden gave the green light at his press conference last week for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. When asked about what he would do if Russia, now amassing 100,000 troops along the border, invaded Ukraine, Biden said: “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do…” 

“A minor incursion”? That is like being a little bit pregnant — an invasion of Ukraine is either an invasion by force or not. President Biden gave Putin exactly what he wanted — a lame indication of how Biden would react as commander-in-chief of U.S. military forces, which was nothing. No amount of economic sanctions will deter Putin from invading Ukraine, or anywhere else for that matter. 

Biden compounded his folly by publicly stating there was a division of opinion within NATO about what the European nations would do if Russia headed toward Kiev. “There are differences in NATO as to what countries are willing to do, depending on what happens.” 

Biden might as well have taken private notes during NATO meetings about allied misgivings and announced them on the public stage last week. Presidents do not betray the confidence of our allies in public and certainly not with an aggressive enemy poised for invasion of a friend such as Ukraine.  

President Biden has now committed two colossal foreign policy blunders in his first year in office: the bungled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and now his appeasement of Putin. President Biden is making former President Jimmy Carter look like Winston Churchill by comparison. 

Former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned us. During the 2020 campaign, he said Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” 

President Biden is sadly sleep-walking through history. The world would be better off if President Biden stayed in his Delaware basement and never had a press conference again. 

At least the Ukrainian people could go home and get a good quiet sleep — and hope and pray that America and NATO will protect them from annihilation by Russia.