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This muttering, stumbling president is a clear threat to world peace, DOMINIC GREEN writes

The message was unmistakable. At his first press conference since November — an event intended as a reset for a presidency that has already had more resets than a dud satellite box — Joe Biden gave Vladimir Putin the green light to attack Ukraine.

That’s what I heard when I watched his mumbling, stumbling performance on Wednesday afternoon. It’s what millions of Americans heard — and it’s what Vladimir Putin was waiting to hear.

Biden said Russia “will be held responsible if it invades Ukraine,” but added that “it depends on what it does.”

“It’s one thing if it’s a small raid, and then we argue about what to do and what not to do and so on,” Biden continued. “But if they really do what they can with the troops that have gathered at the border, it will be a disaster for Russia.”

This muttering stumbling president is a clear threat to world

Biden said Russia ‘will be held responsible if it invades Ukraine’ but added that ‘it depends on what it does’

In other words, Putin is welcome to sink his teeth into a European state and an American ally – as long as he doesn’t take too big a bite.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was understandably shocked. “We want to remind the great powers that there are no small incursions and small nations,” he tweeted. ‘Just as there are no small victims and little grief from the loss of loved ones. I say this as president of a great power.”

The country’s foreign minister was less subtle — he bluntly stated that Biden’s comments could provoke a Russian attack.

Again the leader of the free world had been thinking open-mouthed. And prove once again that he cannot be trusted.

Admittedly, the White House launched a desperate attempt to clean up the mess, with Biden clarifying his comments. “I have been absolutely clear to President Putin. He has no misunderstanding,’ he said. “If any – any – assembled Russian units cross the Ukrainian border, that’s an invasion.”

But now the damage was done.

Putin is welcome to sink his teeth into a European state and an American ally - as long as he doesn't bite too much

Putin is welcome to sink his teeth into a European state and an American ally - as long as he doesn't bite too much

Putin is welcome to sink his teeth into a European state and an American ally – as long as he doesn’t bite too much

Europe’s security is at the cutting edge, NATO’s future is at stake. The credibility of the United States is at stake, and America’s allies are seeking a cool head and unreserved support for the basic tenets of international rule of law. But the sheriff had a senior moment, giving away the game plan and revealing that he is a clear and current threat to world peace.

This was not an unfortunate one-off either. Whenever the president puts his head above the parapet, Biden’s team hangs on every thoughtless word and gives “clarification” of his confused thoughts in real time. It’s a farce, but that’s how this hopeless government works.

Twice last year, Biden made unwritten commitments to fight China over Taiwan. China does not recognize Taiwan’s independence. For more than four decades, the US has pursued a policy of “strategic ambiguity”: it armed Taiwan, but never said what it would do if China attacked the country.

Biden’s ad libs threatened to disrupt the nuclear balance of power in the Pacific. China’s foreign ministry told Biden to watch his mouth. The US, it said, must “be careful with its words and actions” and “not send the wrong signals so as not to damage China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

White House clearers at the time said the president had “mispronouncements.” When he said the US would fight China because it had a “commitment,” he didn’t mean it.

Again, the damage was done. The world saw that America could no longer keep its promises. Allies took cover and the enemies of the West licked their chops.

Biden didn’t just “lose a step” as the Americans say. He’s not even in the game.

Our loose-lipped president sinks the stateship, and his popularity wanes at home.

The White House is in denial, but the country sees the sad reality of a president in marked mental decline.

In a poll in mid-November, just 46 percent agreed Biden was “mentally fit” — and 48 percent thought he couldn’t handle the job. Only 34 percent think he is ‘energetic’, and only 37 percent think he is a ‘clear communicator’.

On Wednesday, the Commander-in-Chief struggled to answer the softest of questions.

When asked if voters could punish Democrats during the November midterms, Biden replied, “Oh, I think it could be. . . I mean, I hope to God that she, uh… . . That . . . look . . . maybe i’m kidding myself. . . Time moves on . . .’

Europe's security at the cutting edge, NATO's future at stake as tensions mount on Ukraine's border

Europe's security at the cutting edge, NATO's future at stake as tensions mount on Ukraine's border

Europe’s security at the cutting edge, NATO’s future at stake as tensions mount on Ukraine’s border

In the middle of a sentence, he falls silent for five seconds. He looks up at the ceiling, as if the thread of his mind is tied to a balloon that has flown from his hand.

He grabs his lectern and his folder of facts as if trying to squeeze some inspiration from it. He gets tired quickly.

The more tired he gets, the more he reverts to spurious fillers – ‘Come on, man!’ – while trying to remember what he said. And he gets angrier and angrier.

Everyone has an older relative with cognitive decline and everyone knows Biden is rapidly deteriorating. In America’s nursing homes, they call his problems “sundowning.” Energy and focus fade by the day.

By sunset, the vintage cars are half asleep, if not senility. But this is the president of the world’s greatest superpower.

Biden has the worst first-year polls of any president in living memory. He makes Jimmy Carter look like Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Even CNN, which has welcomed Biden’s victory in the 2020 election with Pravda-esque enthusiasm, has turned against him. Van Jones, an Obama appointee who became a talking head on the network, called Biden’s performance Wednesday “hazy and meandering, like Reagan at the end.”

The difference is, Reagan was already on his way at that point — and he’d won the Cold War. Biden is only a year into his presidency. He is the figurehead of an arrogant and ignorant government, and he has just invited Putin to become the master of Europe.

Biden says he wants to run again in 2024, but even his deputy Kamala Harris refuses to give a clear answer when asked if she wants to support him.

The world saw that America could no longer keep its promises.  Allies took cover and the enemies of the West licked their chops

The world saw that America could no longer keep its promises.  Allies took cover and the enemies of the West licked their chops

The world saw that America could no longer keep its promises. Allies took cover and the enemies of the West licked their chops

The public shares its doubts. Bad news for Biden is that only 28 percent of Americans want him to run again.

It is a disaster for him that only 48 percent of registered Democrats support a second Biden term.

“Why do you think such large segments of the American electorate have become so deeply concerned about your cognitive fitness?” a reporter from conservative site Newsmax asked Biden on Wednesday.

“I have no idea,” he croaked.

He also spoke the truth.

Who can blame Putin for laughing in his Kremlin bunker?

Dr Dominic Green is the editor of the world edition of The Spectator.

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