The Biden administration is walking back President Joe Biden’s inflammatory pro-regime change remarks against Russia.
On March 26, 2022, Biden gave a speech in Warsaw, Poland where he concluded his speech by stating that “For God’s sake, this man [Russian President Vladimir Putin] cannot remain in power”
Biden’s comments made America’s diplomatic corps panic. These comments represented a major escalation in rhetoric that in many regards confirmed many of the Kremlin’s suspicions that DC’s ultimate grand strategy against Russia in the Vladimir Putin era is regime change.
However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken allayed tensions by telling reporters on March 27 that regime change is not in the cards after Biden previously said that Russian President Vladimir Putin can’t stay in power.
“I think the president, the White House, made the point last night that, quite simply, President Putin cannot be empowered to wage war or engage in aggression against Ukraine or anyone else,” Blinken said while making a visit to Jerusalem.
“As you know, and as you have heard us say repeatedly, we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia — or anywhere else, for that matter,” Blinken continued.
“In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russian people.”
On top of that, Blinken detailed how the US’s strategy consists of backing Ukraine while getting American allies and strategic partners to have a “meaningful impact on Ukraine’s ability to defend itself from this onslaught of planes and tanks and other weapons.”
“We have a strategy to put unprecedented pressure on Russia, and we’re carrying that forward,” Blinken stated. “And we have a strategy to make sure that we’re providing all of the humanitarian support that we can, and we have a strategy to reinforce NATO.”
Blinken’s statements came after Biden declared on March 26 that Putin can’t stay in power.
“Ukraine will never be a victory for Russia, for free people refuse to live in a world of hopelessness and darkness. We will have a different future, a brighter future, rooted in democracy and principles, hope and light, of decency and dignity, of freedom, and possibilities,” Biden declared.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” Biden continued.
However, the White House played damage control on that same day as a White House official rationalized the comment by saying that Biden was actually talking about Putin projecting power outside of Russia.
Despite what many naive commentators say, regime change has always been on the cards for Russia. Biden just said the quiet part out loud.
Russophobia is very embedded in the US foreign policy establishment and they view the current Russia-Ukraine conflict as the perfect proxy conflict to fight Russia to the last Ukrainian in efforts to get Russia bogged down in a quagmire. This will lead to unnecessary suffering and ensure that the prevailing liberal order gets destroyed and replaced by a bifurcated Western vs. Eurasian order.