1/ Nordstream 2 is bad for Europe, Ukraine and the U.S. But thinking America alone can stop a pipeline that is 98% complete is based in fantasy not reality. The deal Biden reached with Germany isn’t perfect, but it’s a good outcome under the circumstances.
2/ Obama, Trump, nor Biden could convince Germany to abandon the project. It was going to be built. Unfortunate but true.

I guess we could’ve burned our relationship w/ Germany + others to the ground over Nordstream 2, but that would have come at an enormous, indefensible cost.
3/ So without this deal, the pipeline would have been built and Ukraine would have gotten NOTHING. That would be the worst outcome.
4/ The concessions Biden won are real. Perhaps most important is the plan to integrate Ukraine with the EU electric grid. This will drive Putin CRAZY. It helps break Ukraine of dependence on Russian energy.
5/ But that’s not all. Germany agrees to require that Russia continue gas transit through Ukraine. AND Germany agrees to sanction Russia if it uses Nordstream 2 to hurt Ukraine (that’s not a small thing).
6/ Of course Biden would rather the pipeline not be built. But I appreciate that we have a President who deals with reality rather than the kind of hawkish fantasy that has corrupted American foreign policy for decades. This is a good deal under the circumstances.

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