President Biden has handled the crisis in Ukraine well, infers the editorial board of The New York Times. His administration has done the right thing by unleashing heavy economic sanctions but holding back his harshest options. Russia's decision to recognize part of eastern Ukraine as independent is worrying, but it has not yet invaded with military force. Biden is wise to keep diplomatic options open and give Putin a chance to pull back. Using the toughest options available now might leave Russia with little to lose and therefore more eager to invade. Overreacting now would give Putin what he wants, Biden is doing the right thing.
President Joe Biden has given the US a weaker hand regarding the Russia-Ukraine crisis, argues Jed Babbin of the American Spectator. His policies, such as a focus on climate change and social issues, have taken away focus from the US military's readiness for engagement. Biden has made it focus resources on reassessing its role in regards to matters like discrimination. To scare Russia away from further belligerence in Ukraine, Biden should be focusing on making the military stronger and more combat-ready, not more aligned with progressive values. This virtue signaling only emboldens Russian aggression regarding Ukraine.