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Humiliation in Geneva: Summit Between Biden and Putin Was an Embarrassment of Historic Proportions

AMAC Exclusive By Daniel Roman

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Joe Biden was so desperate for the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva this week that he apparently made a series of major concessions to pave the way—from lifting sanctions on the Nord Stream II pipeline to effectively giving Russia a pass on the flagrant kidnapping of a journalist from a commercial jet passing through Belarussian airspace.

But if Biden was hoping to boost his polling numbers with a high-profile foreign policy success overseas, that is not what those concessions bought him with Putin this week. When it comes to image, preparation, and even basic understanding of geopolitics, there was no contest between the two leaders. It is hard to imagine a more humiliating defeat for the United States than that which Putin inflicted on Biden in Geneva.

This defeat may not be the very worst of all time in terms of geopolitics. It would be hard to top the Yalta Conference between FDR, Churchill and Stalin in that respect, where Churchill and FDR emerged with some scribblings on a napkin and Stalin with Eastern Europe. But Stalin at least allowed the Western leaders the illusion of success. This week, not only did Putin concede nothing on the key questions of cybersecurity, Americans held captive in Russia, and the Ukraine. He openly flaunted his triumph over the American president.

That mockery came in the form of a series of post-summit dueling press conferences that themselves represented a diplomatic catastrophe for the United States in terms of conception, planning, and execution. For one thing, they never should have happened in the first place. Traditionally, summits between leaders are followed by a joint press conference where the two leaders stand side-by-side taking alternating questions from the media. That was how things worked when Bill Clinton met with Boris Yeltsin, a man whose decrepitude was as infamous as his intoxication, and who famously fell off a stage during a campaign event. It was how it worked with George Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump with Putin and Medvedev. It was how Putin and the Russians assumed it would work with Joe Biden.

Instead, the Biden team threw a spanner into the works. They refused to hold a joint press conference with Putin. Why precisely they made this decision is something of a mystery. That is not because their stated reasons are nonsensical—that goes without saying—but that the Administration itself could not seem to agree on a reason. Initially the White House suggested it would allow Putin a “platform” only for Biden himself to walk-back that reasoning suggesting that it would be a “diversion” and create an environment of competition between himself and Putin.  Left unstated may have been fears as to how Biden would have performed. Putin, for all of his mixed history with the concept of the media, is a fan of the give-and-take of press conferences, famously hosting an annual press conference which in 2020 ran for over four hours. Whatever happens to those who ask hostile questions after they leave the room, Putin has never shied away from facing them in person.

Joe Biden on the other hand ran a Presidential campaign almost entirely shielded from the press. He avoided unscripted events, and even dodged the second presidential debate. On occasions where he has performed unscripted, he has shown an unfortunate tendency to go off script, and to wander.

Yet if the Biden camp wished to avoid the post-summit press conferences becoming a competitive exercise they failed miserably. Rather than a joint press conference, the Biden camp agreed to two sequential ones, and then foolishly allowed Putin to go first. Putin, a man who enjoys the spectacle of press conferences, now was guaranteed a captive audience in the press corps who were obligated to remain until Biden came out, and an actual captive in the form of the President of the United States who was forced to literally remain in a room until Putin chose to stop speaking. And unsurprisingly, Putin made him wait. Rather than the 25-30 minutes agreed upon, Putin spoke for almost an hour.

What he spoke on seemed designed to mock the absent Biden, who, by refusing a joint appearance, had lost any chance to challenge Putin’s claims.

In response to a question about whether Russia would cease cyberwarfare, Putin stated that the leading perpetrators of cybercrime were the United States, followed by Canada, with Russia not even in the top ten. In effect, it was a “No,” denying that Russia was even involved.

When asked about military exercises around the Ukraine, Putin insisted Russia had the right to conduct exercises on its own territory, again denying that Biden even had the right to make any demands, much less that Putin had ever contemplated agreeing to them.

Asked about crackdowns on domestic opponents, Putin blamed the United States Senate for having passed legislation declaring Russia an “enemy,” rhetorically asking what that made political groups in Russia which took money from the United States?

As for cooperation on warrants for cybercriminals, Putin noted that Russia had issued extradition requests for 42 individuals in the United States, overwhelmingly opposition activists, and the US had acted on none.

For 55 minutes then, Putin revealed that Biden had received absolutely nothing in the summit. He did so not by explicitly saying he had rejected Biden’s demands, but by arguing that none of the issues Biden had raised were even legitimate. Either they did not exist, as with Russian cyberwarfare, or they were entirely matters of internal affairs. As such, according to Putin, there was nothing to disagree about in terms of issues, since he had explained to Biden that none of the issues Biden wanted to talk about in fact existed. The answer then to all of Biden’s objectives in the summit came through loud and clear from an often-smirking, sometimes laughing Putin. In effect, he declared, “Not now, and not ever.”

If Putin’s press conference was a diplomatic roasting of the United States and its President, Biden’s press conference was a disaster. A visibly irritated Biden stumbled onto stage, spending the first 11 minutes reading from a teleprompter, before attempting a clearly rushed response to Putin. It was unfortunate, rambling, and at one point Biden confused Putin with Donald Trump. After 20 minutes Biden attempted to take questions, before complaining first that he was supposed to have a list of who to call-on which he seemed to have misplaced, and then exploding at Kaitlin Collins of CNN, which was the equivalent of Putin exploding at Russia Today.

When Collins asked why he was so confident Putin would change his behavior, Biden responded “I’m not confident I’m going to change his behavior. What the hell? What do you do all the time?” before following up with “If you don’t understand that, you are in the wrong business.” Biden clearly intended to tell the reporter off for challenging him. The bane of the free press in Russia had stood up to questions, half from Western journalists, for 55 minutes. Biden barely lasted 25, of which more than half was scripted, before exploding at the network that gives him fawning coverage 24 hours a day.

We do not know the full content of the Biden-Putin conversations, but the dueling press conferences told us what did not happen.  Biden provided some hints that things may have gone even worse than implied by Putin’s victory lap. Biden mentioned turning over to the Russian President a list of 16 vital infrastructure targets within the United States which he suggested should be off limits to cyberattacks, a concession he expected attacks to continue, and the equivalent of a “please aim your future efforts here” sign. It may not be a coincidence that dozens of Airlines and global financial institutions found their websites mysteriously down upon Biden’s return to the United States.

Substantively, Joe Biden and the United States received nothing at Geneva. Geopolitically, and for that matter, on the world stage, the United States was humiliated. In fact, it is hard to think of any American President who has ever been treated in this manner since the founding of the country. Whether Biden could have gotten satisfaction from Putin is an open question. But the humiliation was entirely self-inflicted. And the United States is paying the price.

Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

 

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Mandy
1 month ago

Putting Biden with Kamala in these positions was the doing of Obama. Shows Commie Obama is no better in this third term than he was before.

Jeannie
1 month ago

Biden has successfully made America the laughing stock of the the other nations. It started on his arrival when he took a reporter’s table and then Dr, Mrs First Lady Jill demanded loudly for him to “”come along” and he followed like a trained puppy, America has got to elect some Republicans next year. I don’t know who his handlers are but he sure isn’t governing himself. He can’t handle a question from the press that was not on his prompter. I think it may be Obama since he stayed in Washington.

Jennifer DeFillippo
1 month ago

I have read/heard/watched reports of this travesty of a “summit” and I have come to the conclusion that I cannot be a bit surprised by any of it.
Biden is a complete waste as far as “world leaders” go & the fact that he blew yet another chance to shine on the world stage should be a shock to no one.
How much scrambling around behind the scenes must there be even since before the election, to cover his a** every time he steps out of his bedroom?!?

Miranda DeGroot
1 month ago

This man is a joke. G7 group embraces Biden because they know now is a good time to ask for favors and Biden is ready to please. And Putin got a little help because now Putin knows which 16 institutions are very important for USA. Not sure about you., but in my experience as a parent; when a tell my rebellious children “don’t do that” they turned around and do it over and over with grin in their faces. Biden has almost 50 years of political experience but nothing good to show for. The only thing is clear; is the trail of corruption among the party and his own family. Sad that USA has to put up with this inept administration.

Hal
1 month ago

Humiliating, yes. But the real humiliation is the balloting system failed to show any integrity against the DemoncRat assault in stuffing the ballot boxes. Mail in ballots was, IMO, probably the greatest problem that allowed the abuse of counting phony ballots.

Jeannie
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Just saw a video about the rigged Dominion voting machines. It showed how easy they were to manipulate.

Karen
1 month ago

Good goin’ Biden. Keep up the good work. You will definitely go down! What a ignorant bas—d you are.

Kate Oshima
1 month ago

President Joe Bungler at it on the world stage.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Kate Oshima

The incompetence of Hidin’ Joe Biden continues to get widin’ recognition by foreign government officials. Not only is he looking like a dope, he is making the American voter look like a dope! But I blame the DemoncRat Party as much as him for his present predicament … serving in a high prestigious and important major political position in the what is probably the most powerful Nation in Modern times.

Mimi
1 month ago

I’m wondering if any of the Dems are having second thoughts about the votes they cast for Biden? The only good thing I can say about Biden is, he makes President Trump look better and better. I’m paying close to a dollar a gallon more for gas, everything at the grocery store costs more, and Biden was a total disgrace. Even the Dems have got to admit, life was much better in America when Trump was in office.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

Welcome to inflation when the Democrats are in control.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Yep, inflation, most especially at a high rate, is simply the government’s way to steal worth from the people. And the DemocRats are particularly deft at instituting inflation, especially to maintain their government-by-rule as a substitute for Constitutional governance. And we now know how alarmingly deft the DumbcRats were in stealing the last National/POTUS election. If the election process doesn’t get cleaned up in a major way by the next National election, Constitutional governance is in dire straits!!!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

No, all that matters with the DamocRats is whether they have power to satisfy all their followers and donors and minorities that are naive enough to believe their Commie/Liberal propaganda and suckle up to them at the polls. The modern day DamocRats believe they must rule as Commies but pretend to be liberal Democrats. Put another way, the DamocRats want to rule the Nation … not govern the Nation.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

Heck, some might opine that Hidin’ Joe Biden makes Putin and most National heads -of-State look like historic geniuses.

Russ
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Heck, Joe can make a 1st grader look like a history genius.

Tracy
1 month ago
Reply to  Mimi

I totally agree, but the dems didn’t really care who was in office as long as it wasn’t Trump, and they could control who ever it was. To them Biden makes the perfect inept puppet.

Lois
1 month ago

Putin got a good laugh out of that meeting. Biden is a disgrace to the United States. God help America!

Sam
1 month ago

Yup. “(He) did what (he) came here to do.” And just look at what he have waiting (impatiently) in the on deck circle to replace him.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam

Speaking analogically, I hope you realize that waiting in the on deck circle is “Dumb” … Dumber already has the POTUS position.

Art
1 month ago

He does well on a leash, as long as no one tries to pet him or interact with him.

James
1 month ago

25th Amendment Anyone

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Only incumbent National politicians and their immediate following are against it.

Ron Howard
1 month ago
Reply to  James

What, replace him with Harris? She is even worse. At least Biden can blame senility for his ineptness, Kamala can’t. She is just a plain liar and stupid. Did you see how she insisted, when asked by a reporter if she planned to visit the border, “I did, I was there”. Then when asked when she said “I haven’t visited Europe either. What has that got to do with anything”.

Rich Walton
1 month ago

Biden is an embarrassment. He is doddering old fool and damn the Democrats and his family for putting him and our nation in this position. They had to cheat to win after savaging Trump on bullshit charges and negative press for over 4 years for this? Carter was a fool, Clinton a lying crook and Obama a socialist wimp and the worst President ever and now we have this clown. At least Barack can feel better about being the second worst President in our history and it’s not just Putin who made Biden look feckless and weak, every other world leader will do the same and America is paying the price. What the Democrat Party isn’t doing to destroy our nation our enemies will surely do.

Karen
1 month ago

Biden was looking to boost his numbers by this meeting with Putin? As far as I’m concerned, he flopped BIG TIME!!!! What a joke! The whole Dem party is a joke. I hope they go DOWN in November. Pray for the Reps.

BayAreaBob
1 month ago
Reply to  Karen

I don’t believe Republicans will ever win another major election in this country due in large part to democrats’ ballot harvesting and outright voter fraud. Republicans may win small seats here and there (which Dems will allow so they can deflect accusations of the aforementioned fraud), but a Republican presidency and/or majorities in the House or Senate will be a distant memory from here on out.

Jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  BayAreaBob

Agree 100% with BayAreaBob.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  BayAreaBob

May I chip in an “Amen”!

Ron Howard
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

I think, and hope that all 3 of you are wrong. Giving up before the battle is over LOSES.

Staber
1 month ago

The useful idiots who lick the puppet master’s hand see nothing wrong that the rest of the world has already passed harsh judgement on. Don’t look for consistent facts from US sources, look to select foreign sources.

Last edited 1 month ago by Staber
Casas
1 month ago
Reply to  Staber

Sky News. Australian News.

John Munro
1 month ago

The 2020 election being Frauded is an Enbarisment to the USA. People who could not win an election.

Ron Howard
1 month ago
Reply to  John Munro

The People did not lose the election, it was fraudulently stolen through criminal acts.

Rich
1 month ago

The Democrats are trying to “shield” Biden from everything.

embarassment
1 month ago

Biden the laughingstock of the world!!!

Master
1 month ago
Reply to  embarassment

Correction: The United States, thanks to Sleepy joe is the laughing stock of the world.

Dave Smith
1 month ago

When you make Jimmy Carter look strong and competent as the leader of the free world you know you’re pathetic and a disgrace to America. At least Jimmy Carter is a good man, something Sippy Cup Joe isn’t. Sad that the democrat party has gone from “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” to “Isn’t she a pretty girl…oh, pudding!”

Xela
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave Smith

Carter waged jihad on the West with his nascent support of the overthrow of the shah of Iran, and planted the seed of the global economic collapse with his CRA.
I’m not sure what the criteria for “being a good man” are, but if think this would disqualify you from the title.

Mary
1 month ago

We can only hope that our judges stop all these Executive Orders this guy has tried to enact instead of trying to write laws

Gloria P. Sterling
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary

As I said before, he thinks of himself as a “king” who can do whatever he wants. It’s past time for Congress to act instead of letting him write so many executive orders bypassing Congress.

Rich
1 month ago

We have a “king” in the Democratically controlled state that I live in. Do we see a pattern here?

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