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Levin: Putin Hears Passivity, Not Deterrence, From Biden Admin 

By Emily Robertson | March 14, 2022 | 3:11pm EDT
Mark Levin gives a speech at the Radio Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)
Mark Levin gives a speech at the Radio Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame)

(CNSNews.com) – “Peace through strength is about deterrence," Fox News host Mark Levin said Sunday. "What you’re hearing from this [Biden] administration is passivity, is weakness. That’s what [Vladimir] Putin’s hearing, that’s what Xi [Jinping]’s hearing, that’s what Tehran’s hearing, that’s what they’re all hearing."

Levin argued on "Life, Liberty & Levin" how Putin and other world leaders see weakness in the Biden Administration and that Putin will not suddenly deploy nuclear weapons if the United States sends MiG-29 jets to Ukraine.

Putin “waves around the idea of nuclear weapons; we know he has nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union's had nuclear weapons -- now Russia -- for over half a century; so have we. 'But he may use those nuclear weapons if we dare to be involved in facilitating the delivery of MiG-29s, old jets, to the Ukrainians.' Okay, so only modern missile systems, mobile missile systems can be conveyed? It doesn’t even make any sense. And if Putin wanted to use nuclear weapons, well why doesn’t he use them? If he’s that much of a nut, if he’s that much over the edge, he doesn’t need to wait for 'provocation' or 'escalation.'"       

Below is a transcript of this portion of the segment: 

Mark Levin: “As you watch and I sit here, Vladimir Putin’s thugs are committing war crimes and atrocities at his direction and in fact, as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned, they are not committing enough war crimes and atrocities because only then does he believe that they can take Ukraine and take Ukraine quicker than he can right now. You know, Biden likes to say ‘bottom up and middle out’ when it comes to the economy. Nobody really knows what he is talking about, but I want to use that in the military context with Putin. What Putin means by ‘bottom up and middle out’ is, 'I want to kill as many of their citizens as I can in Ukraine, starting with the babies and the women, to make it so atrocious, so horrific, so inhumane that the government will finally hand me these cities and hand me the country, and hand me the entire society, so I can finally get what I want, Ukraine. And then from there, I intend to move -- I intend to move beyond that.' Now, how do we know he intends to move beyond it? Because he told us. He spoke about it and wrote about it last summer. What is it with these analysts that don’t understand that this is just the beginning when it comes to Vladimir Putin?

“Now, we keep hearing the word 'escalation.' 'You know, we don’t want to escalate things, war crimes are one thing, genocide's another, but we can escalate beyond that.' Putin hears this, his lap dog, [Sergeĭ Viktorovich] Lavrov, he hears this, the foreign minister. They all hear it. So, what do they do? They increase their threats and the nature of their threats because they hear us talking about, 'well, we fear escalation.' What he doesn’t hear us talking about is deterrence. Deterrence -- peace through strength is about deterrence. What you’re hearing from this administration is passivity, is weakness. That’s what Putin’s hearing, that’s what Xi’s hearing, that’s what Tehran’s hearing, that’s what they’re all hearing. Why do you think they attacked in the first place? And so he waves around the idea of nuclear weapons; we know he has nuclear weapons, the Soviet Union's had nuclear weapons -- now Russia -- for over half a century; so have we. 'But he may use those nuclear weapons if we dare to be involved in facilitating the delivery of MiG-29s, old jets, to the Ukrainians.' Okay, so only modern missile systems, mobile missile systems can be conveyed? It doesn’t even make any sense. And if Putin wanted to use nuclear weapons, well why doesn’t he use them? If he’s that much of a nut, if he’s that much over the edge, he doesn’t need to wait for 'provocation' or 'escalation.' And have we escalated anything? He invaded a sovereign country, he invaded a country that his country has an agreement with in 1994 to help protect their sovereignty, if they give up their nukes; there are no nukes there.

“There’s been a phony story about American biotech centers there to develop weapons and so forth and of course the Putin wing of the Republican Party and the Putin wing of the media, and the Putin wing of the Democrat Party, they’re all over it. No, those are old Soviet locations that the United States has located and has been trying to deal with. We’re not developing biochemical weapons into Ukraine. What is it about these so-called American Firsters in the end who are really American Lasters, if you think about it? You see these pictures of the babies being killed. You see a maternity ward hospital attack -- that was targeted -- attack, 600 beds there, that’s one of the biggest hospitals they have -- why? They targeted a nuclear power plant. 'Oh, Mark, you believe those stories' – they attacked -- they attacked it. That’s why the Ukrainians gave it up because the Ukrainians didn’t want a nuclear response, that's why. But would Putin use nuclear weapons against the United States? Well, what’s he waiting for? He’s waiting for MiG-29s to be given to the Ukrainian pilots through Germany? That’s what would trigger the launching of nuclear weapons, not cutting off his oil? Not ground to air missiles? I mean, come on, folks, this is the problem. So, we get this word, 'escalation,' it would be viewed as an escalation. The same damn generals in the United States Department of Defense, the same joint chiefs of staff, the same president of the United States, the same vice president of the United States, the same secretary of defense, who surrendered in Afghanistan, the same secretary of state who surrendered all leverage we had with the president of the United States with Putin prior to him invading, the same secretary of state and president who is effectively, are effectively arming the Iranians with nuclear weapons as I speak, they’re the ones who are afraid -- 'oh we don’t want to escalate.' Escalate? It’s deterrence, ladies and gentlemen. Our enemies see we are weak, our enemies see the budget that the Democrats originally put up under Biden, which flatlines the United States military while spending enormous amounts of sums, historic amounts of sums on everything else.”                   

Emily Robertson is a CNSNews intern and a senior at Liberty University studying Strategic Communication with a double minor in Government and Politics & Policy. She has written for the Liberty Champion as an opinion writer and news reporter, as well as participated in other extracurricular activities involving law and politics.

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