(FiveNation.com)- Apparently, President Joe Biden doesn’t like to avoid potential wars with foreign powers.
On a few months after a messy full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the president is apparently in the “final stages” of sending thousands of troops, aircraft and warships to Eastern Europe as the world prepares for a possible major military action between Russia and Ukraine.
John Kirby, a spokesman for the Pentagon, said earlier this week that 8,500 troops in the U.S. have already been put on high alert that they could be deployed to the region at a moment’s notice.
According to a CNN report from earlier in the week, the White House was working to identify the specific units of military that it wanted to send over to the region.
Some separate reports have also said that this military maneuvering by the U.S. could be viewed by Russia as a provocation. In fact, The New York Times recently reported:
“The move would signal a major pivot for the Biden administration, which up until recently was taking a restrained stance on Ukraine, out of fear of provoking Russia into invading.”
At a news conference last week, Biden himself said the United States would be increasing the presence of American troops in both Romania and Poland should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to invade Ukraine.
In addition to that, there are some members of Congress who believe more action needs to be taken to prepare other NATO member nations located in the region.
Speaking on the “Face the Nation” program over the weekend, Texas Representative Michael McCaul — the highest ranking member of the GOP serving on the Foreign Affairs Committee — said the U.S. should be conducting more training missions in those countries. He said:
“We need joint exercises in Poland, the Baltic States, Romania, Bulgaria, to show Putin that we’re serious. Right now, he doesn’t see we’re serious.”
In anticipation of escalating tensions and potential military action, the State Department ordered all family members of U.S. personnel stationed at the Embassy in Kyiv to leave Ukraine immediately.
The stance the Biden administration seems to be about to take are very much against what most Americans would prefer. A Convention of States Action and Trafalgar Group poll conducted recently found only 15.3% of all Americans want U.S. soldiers involved directly in the potential war between Russia and Ukraine.
Further, the poll revealed that almost 70% of all American don’t support even providing supplies or weapons to Ukraine. Also, nearly 77% wouldn’t want to send military advisers to Ukraine if a war does indeed break out.
It begs the question, then: Why is the Biden administration apparently so intent of sending troops, aircraft, ships, weapons and ammunition to support Ukraine, when the majority of Americans don’t want them to do so?
It’s a question the president himself — and many of his top military personnel — will soon likely have to explain to the public.