Hand it to President Joe Biden, he can still send the press corps haring off after an irrelevant comment, as he did by blaming inflation soaring to a new, four-decade high of 8.5% in March on Vladimir Putin’s “genocide” in Ukraine.
His statement in Menlo, Iowa, did what it was intended to do. It made most of the media talk about Biden’s “first use” of that word, instead of his lie that he’s not to blame for inflation.
But the actual policy change it signaled was . . . nothing.
Biden’s not deciding to send many more offensive weapons to Ukraine. He’s not calling for an international criminal court to try Putin. It doesn’t matter what label you put on the invaders’ horrific slaughter of innocents, only what you do to stop it, to reverse Putin’s gains and to make him pay. And Biden isn’t doing any of that.