It was a speech meant to inspire and reassure the American troops in Poland, but Biden’s address quickly became a confusing mixed message. As the President traveled down memory lane, talking about his years as a senator and then Vice President, he mentions the current conflict in Ukraine more than once and likens its situation to America’s democracy.
Whereas on one hand he keeps telling the American people that we will not be joining the war, he is noted saying, “when you get there, you’ll see…” on the other. This opposing verbiage once again leaves us wondering if he is even telling the truth about his real long term goals. His bolstering NATO with an additional 12,000 soldiers – topping Europe with currently 100,000 American troops, specifically strengthening the Eastern flank. This leaves a very confusing message.
He goes on to say, “What’s at stake, not just that what we’re doing here in Ukraine to try to help the Ukrainian people and keep the massacre from continuing,” he said. “Beyond that, what is at stake, is what are your kids and grandkids going to look like in terms of their freedom.”
Though he seemingly has a vast number of years under his belt about foreign policy he might be more convincing if he stuck to one message instead of two. His referencing how this impacts Americans freedom is ironic. Biden’s mixed messages only serve to remind us that he is not the most reliable narrator.