Thursday night, Joe Biden went on national TV to address the nation regarding the Ukraine-Russian War and the Israel-Hamas War.
His supporters gushed over the message, pundits said it may have been his best speech yet, but members of the Republican Party were not so impressed.
Joe Biden made this pitch to the country to put pressure on Congress for a massive aid package for Ukraine and Israel, with Ukraine reportedly getting the lion's share of the money.
Biden, in part, stated:
"I know the conflicts can seem far away and it's natural to ask: Why does this matter to America? So let me share with you why making sure Israel and Ukraine succeed is vital for America's national security.
"You know, history has taught us that when terrorists don't pay a price for their terror, when dictators don't pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos and death and more destruction."
Biden went on to say how he warned Israel not to be "blinded by rage." Biden has encouraged Israel to do everything possible to minimize civilian casualties, which is why a prolonged ground attack is more likely than a continuous barrage of missiles.
Biden concluded his remarks by stating:
"We can't let petty, partisan, angry politics get in the way of the way of our responsibilities of as a great nation. We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win. I refuse to let that happen. In moments like these ... we have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. …
"American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us, America, safe. American values are what make us a partner that other nations want to work with. To put all that at risk -- if we walk away from Ukraine, if we turn our backs on Israel -- it's just not worth it."
You can see the full address below…
Biden needed to give this speech, and Republicans needed to remind everyone that Biden's policies and weakness created this situation in the first place, and they did just that.
While clearly supporting Israel and Ukraine, members of the GOP unloaded on Biden.
Nikki Haley posted:
"The shame of it all is that we wouldn't be in this terrible position if Joe Biden hadn't been so weak in Afghanistan, so slow in Ukraine, so pandering to Iran, and so absent from the border.
"The world is on fire, and America needs strong new leadership to deal with it."
Haley, it should be noted, is beating Joe Biden in most head-to-head polls for the presidency even though she is only in third place in the GOP primary.
Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was livid that the speech did not focus more on Israel. He stated:
"Our ally, Israel, was bombed by a terrorist organization and tonight's speech focused more on Ukraine than Israel. That's unbelievable."
Scott, while not a real contender for the presidency, could be a significant asset for Donald Trump if he adds him to the ticket as his VP. Trump's numbers go through the roof with a minority VP, so Scott is someone that needs to be watched as we move forward.
I called Biden's trips to Ukraine and Israel photo ops, which is precisely what they were, and you could tell they were just that by Biden's speech, as he touted himself for going into active war zones.
This is all about creating an image of Biden as a "tough guy" unafraid of anything.
Joe Concha, a Fox News contributor, touched on this, stating:
"Biden has now twice patted himself on the back for being the first American president to go into a war zone. This speech is an absolute mess."
Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) pulled no punches. He posted:
"I think what the president did is completely disgraceful. If he wants to sell the American people on $60B more to Ukraine, he shouldn't use dead Israeli children to do it. It was disgusting."
I was a mixed bag about the speech, to be honest.
I am all for supporting Israel, and while I support helping Ukraine, we need accountability.
The reports about the corruption that took place with funding, especially early on, are clearly documented, and we have no idea how much of the money and aid we sent to Ukraine actually wound up in the right hands.
Just like Afghanistan, the administration ignored the issue, and it just went away after a while.
I genuinely believe if Biden had more accountability for the funding, much of the pushback would go away on the right side of the aisle, and I do not understand why he continues to pour tens of billions into Ukraine without it.
This, of course, does not even address his foreign policy disasters, which Republicans hit right on the head… Biden's weakness has created a situation where our enemies and adversaries believe they can do whatever they want without worrying about the big stick of the United States being used against them.
This has not only resulted in our allies coming under attack, but it is now severely draining our assets and ability to defend our soil.