Joe Biden is on the way to being America’s weakest president. On his last gallop towards the stables of history, he staged the most disastrous exchange of prisoners on record.
The US president confirmed on Thursday (8) that basketball player Brittney Griner was released in Russia in exchange for terrorist and arms dealer Viktor Bout. That’s exactly what you read, and yes, the Russians must be laughing at the clearly disproportionate deal.
The only (generous) hypothesis for such diplomatic shaving is that Biden played for public opinion, in a populist and demagogic act, devoid of the slightest sense of reason. So far, what has been seen is an avalanche of criticism.
Griner was sentenced in August to nine years in prison in Russia for drug possession. Bout was serving a 25-year sentence in the US, where he was extradited from Thailand in 2010. Incomparable situations, given the high danger of the criminal, nicknamed “Lord of Weapons” and “Dealer of Death”.
It is inevitable to remember that former marine Paul Whelan, accused of spying by the Russians, has been in prison since 2018 and sentenced to 16 years in prison. His release was declared a priority by the American government. Lie. Biden abandoned his soldier to conquer the spotlight.
But the lights that shine on the democratic president only highlight the weakness and inability of the head of state who does not know how to behave as a statesman.