Putin has no choice but to invade?

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt the president asked Joe Biden about Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine, but he did it in a way that leaves you gasping for breath.

Biden sits exclusively interview with Holt on Thursday, which will air on Super Bowl Sunday. Some of those interviews took place ahead of time, covers a range belong to the topic that including a bitter disagreement with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

But in a brilliant gymnastics exercise, Holt framed the situation as one where Putin “had no choice but to invade”.

President Biden paid no heed, and told Holt that Putin should have known better than to invade:

HOLT: Given the scale of this construction, has inertia reached the point of inevitability, leaving them with no choice but to invade?

I spoke to Putin, I spoke to every NATO leader. I gathered them together as if I thought they had never – coordinated, in modern history, the NATO leaders on what to do if Putin moves.

The question is, does he know… He must know that if he does, the whole situation for Russia changes all over the world, changing overnight. The costs to Russia, both in terms of reputation and economic costs, will be enormous.

Elsewhere in the interview, Holt asked Biden if he had told Putin that it would be bad to harm American citizens in Ukraine:

HOLT: What plans do you have for American citizens who are in Ukraine and might be there during an invasion? Which situation will you send the American troops to the rescue and get the Americans out of the situation?

BIDEN: No, it was a world war when the Americans and the Russians started shooting at each other, we are in a very different world than we used to be.

HOLT: Not even on behalf of simply evacuating Americans?

BIDEN: Nope. How do you do it? How do you even find them? This is not like that, I hope that if he is, in fact, stupid enough to go in, he is, in fact, smart enough not to do anything that might negatively affect the public. Americans—

HOLT: Did you tell him that?

BIDEN: Yes.

HOLT: You told him the Americans would be a line they couldn’t cross?

BIDEN: I didn’t have to tell him that, I talked about it. He knows it and you know, a little bit. Look, that’s what I was asking, should American citizens leave, should leave now. We are dealing with one of the largest armies in the world. It’s a very different situation and things can get crazy, fast.

In recent days, the authorities have been criticized for heavy-handed answers that shows that reporters are vulnerable to enemy propaganda.

But Holt’s question is just the latest example of how a mainstream media has shaped the Ukraine situation in what could be construed as seemingly sympathetic to Putin. Last week, a The Reuters reporter literally asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if Biden can “sympathize” with Putin.

See above via NBC News.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of the author only.

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Dustin Huang

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