Endgame for Ukraine: America vs America• http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org by alastair crooke
For it is the US political calendar that may yet determine what happens next in Ukraine – from the western side.
Seemingly nothing important occurred – it was an instant of spy frenzy, leaving Biden's 'tough task' unchanged: He needs to convince the American voter, facing collapsing standards of living, that they misread the 'runes'; that rather than gloom, the economy – contrary to their lived experience – is 'working well for them'.
Biden needs to perform this magic against polls that say only 16% of Americans feel better off since the start of his tenure, and 75% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters wish him to not stand in 2024. Significantly, this message is coming today from the Democratic-leaning media, suggesting thoughts of replacing him are already in circulation.
For now, Biden's allies in the party establishment (the DNC) continue to clear the way for his candidature – postponing initial primaries (in which Biden could be expected to be trounced) for a later South Carolina primary election, where Black and Latino voters would reflect demographics in which Biden might (possibly) shine. It may work; it may not.
Simply put, against this highly sceptical Party backdrop, Biden will have to change American perceptions of the economy at a moment when many indicators signal further deterioration. It will be a 'heavy lift'. The economic team, for sure, will be insisting: 'Keep the focus on economic achievements! We don't want distractions from any foreign policy débacles; We do not want the TV debates to centre on Balloons, or around Abrams tanks: 'It's the economy, stupid!''.