Rand Paul warns Biden’s ‘cognitive decline’ poses ‘national security risk’, Leon Panetta chalks it up to being ‘Irish’

(Video: Fox News)

President Joe Biden’s inflammatory and gaffe-laden tour of Poland left the White House communications team in disarray and GOP lawmakers rightfully concerned about national security risks. However, some are defending the president’s remarks and even making excuses for his nature because “he’s Irish.”

Hinting at regime change during a major address to Ukrainian refugees and suggesting to the 82nd Airborne that they would witness conditions firsthand though no plan for deployment had been announced, Biden has blundered diplomacy up to the edge of a cliff that some political experts believe could lead to war. His remarks required herculean efforts to walk back with, at best, questionable success.

Sen. Rand Paul addressed this as a “cognitive decline” where you try to help someone with their communication when discussing the matter with Fox News host Jesse Watters. Rightfully put, Paul stated, “we shouldn’t have to do that for the commander-in-chief.”

“And, it is actually a national security risk because he’s sending signals that no one in their right mind would want to send to Russia at this point. We aren’t trying to replace Putin in Russia,” he continued on “Jesse Watters Primetime” Monday. “We aren’t trying to have regime change.”

Leon Panetta, former CIA director and defense secretary for President Barack Obama, attempted to argue that these were emotional responses because Biden feels so strongly for the Ukrainian people.

“I can understand his emotional feel about Putin not staying in office,” he said while appearing on CNN. “I think a lot of people would probably agree with that. But at this point in the game, you really have to keep your messages very simple and very direct, and I think this created some confusion that wasn’t helpful.”

Panetta’s already stretched defense took a turn to the absurd when he ascribed Biden’s behavior to his heritage.

“I happen to think that Joe Biden, you know, he’s Irish, really has a great deal of compassion when he sees that people are suffering. And I think it overwhelmed him in the sense of seeing all of the horrors that were resulting from this war,” he claimed.

The outlandish excuse still left Panetta conceding that Biden’s remarks needed to be corrected by the White House and, as one social media user pointed out, don’t correlate with someone who has “been in Washington for almost FIFTY YEARS.”

Then you have Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) outright supporting the president’s comments and suggesting he didn’t go far enough to the Washington Examiner.

“I’m glad he said it. He never said we would do it, but that in essence [Putin’s] not legitimate and I agree. But,” Kinzinger added in reference to the public relations walk back, “if I was president and the White House corrected me like that, I’d fire the whole team.”

Cooler heads like Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) reminded the Examiner, “We cannot afford for President Biden to continue his gaffe-ridden communication as we face potential threats from Putin’s aggression. Mr. President, have you ever heard the phrase, ‘Think before you speak?’ It would really come in handy in keeping global peace.”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) pointed to the damage these remarks cause, stating, “President Biden has become a rapid-fire gaffe machine. It hurts our allies and gives fodder to Putin. He needs better communications discipline or he has to stay on script.”

Even California Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna argued against Biden, saying, “There’s no support in the Congress,” except apparently from Kinzinger, “certainly among Democrats, for a policy of regime change. Many of us have been opposed to regime change policy in this country over the last 20 years.”

As Paul went on to say on Fox News, “even the left-wing media is noticing these gaffes. So I do think that it is a real problem, and there’s a humorous angle to this. But it’s really not funny because we’re worried about what he’s saying, precipitating or escalating the conflict in Ukraine into a world war.”

“That’s very serious,” Paul concluded.


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