President Biden ended his speech in Warsaw by dramatically saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power." Later, a White House official, who was not authorized to comment by name and spoke on the condition of anonymity, attempted to walk Biden's comment back. He shouldn't have. Biden was right.
Biden also called Putin a "dictator" and a "butcher". That reminds one of Reagan, who famously labeled the Soviet Union an "evil empire."
Does anybody deny that what Biden said about Putin is morally true? Few nations and very few companies will want to do business or have a relationship with Putin. I mean besides Trump.
Russia will be shunned by the community of nations as long as Putin remains in power. Putin turned Russia into pariah nation---and a nation in economic decline. Global response to the attack on Ukraine will wipe out 15 years' worth of Russian economic gains, experts forecast.
Biden's heartfelt comments remind me of his heartfelt remarks on an entirely different matter, same-sex marriage, which were also true. There was some initial nattering and gnashing of teeth over that Biden remark too.
"I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another" Biden said before any other officials were saying it, "are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction beyond that."