The 10 Plagues of Biden the Zhlub - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
The 10 Plagues of Biden the Zhlub

The Zelensky reign in Ukraine depends mainly on the plane. The MiG-29.

The Rabbis tell of a king who dispatched his servant to buy him a fish for dinner. The servant returned with a rotten fish, a scale too foul to describe. As the king began choking after his first bite, he proffered the servant a choice of how to be punished:

  1. Pay a steep monetary fine.
  2. Submit to 30 lashes on your back.
  3. Eat the fish yourself.

The servant was destitute and had limited pain tolerance, so he decided to eat the fish. After consuming half of it, he became so repulsed that he had to stop while vomiting uncontrollably. Accordingly, he submitted to whippings. After the 20th lashing, however, he could not bear any more whippings. Therefore, despite his penury, he caved and paid the full fine. Yet, along the way, the poor guy ended up sustaining whippings and eating half a fish he did not ultimately need to eat.

The war in Ukraine ends one of two ways. Either Ukraine emerges free and sovereign, albeit sworn never to join nor even to apply for NATO. Or Putin eventually invades other former USSR entities to reattach them to Russia, too, after Ukraine. And don’t think for a moment that he is not also contemplating Poland, Hungary, and the Czechs. Polls won’t save the Poles. And he is hungry to reconstitute the Soviet empire.

Ukraine right now wants to fight. They have proven to be fierce and courageous, and also effective. So far, they have killed around 10,000 Russian soldiers, which means probably close to 40,000 Russian casualties. That is one fifth of Russia’s 200,000-man fighting force — now out of business. Seven Russian generals have been killed. A Russian warship has been destroyed. The Ukrainians are skilled and motivated. They need only the weaponry to reduce Putin’s domination of the sky. Towards that end, they need and await S-300 missile defenses, “Switchblade” drones, and those darned MiG-29s.

Joe Biden is more than a Zhlub; he is a veritable plague.

MiG-29s are yesterday’s weapon. Poland has several left over and would love to give them to Zelensky, while America would replace and update those old aircraft for Warsaw. The GOP is in favor. The Democrats are in favor. No one is asking for American troops. No one is asking for Will Smith to deliver the MiGs. This transfer of old aircraft does not entail or imply America or NATO establishing a “No-Fly Zone” (NFZ). Establishing an NFZ would be too perilous to undertake for now. It would lead inexorably to America and other NATO forces shooting down Russian aircraft — a certain opening to World War III.

Once the Ukrainians get those MiG-29s, they will fly them to deter and obstruct Russia in and from the sky. Yes, their fighter craft will be out-maneuvered. Ukraine’s fighter pilots will not match their enemies’ training and skills. Yet the Ukrainians will come with something else: motivation and determination to survive. By contrast, Russia now is looking to hire mercenaries.

Although the parallels are hardly identical, this is not unlike the scenario that saw Israel rise to independence in 1948 — and to live. Seven murderous invading Arab Muslim armies attacked with an announced intent to crush the nascent Israel and to drive their millions of Jews into the Mediterranean Sea to their deaths. Harry Truman — much more hostile to Israel than liberal Democrat history falsely presents — imposed a complete ban on supplying the Jews with weapons to protect themselves or to fight off the invaders. These quasi-emaciated Holocaust survivors were at great strategic disadvantage. They lacked the basic armaments they desperately needed.

Here is what happened: Non-Jews in New York City and Central Jersey, who dominated the corrupt dockworkers’ unions along the Hudson River — many linked deeply to the Italian Mob — illegally ran guns to Israel out of Jersey City. Jewish and Italian mobs had been working closely together for decades during Prohibition. Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano crafted a brotherhood: “You wash my back, I wash your back, and we whack any wise guy who got a problem with that.” Even “Everyday Italians” in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, and in Hudson County, New Jersey, worked together with Jewish “street toughs” beating up wannabe Nazi Bundists at public rallies in local parks.

Likewise, Irish Catholic New Yorkers, like Paul O’Dwyer, who eventually rose to become president of the city council of New York City and who was reared to despise the British deeply, also ran guns to Israel. Irish Catholics were especially motivated to drive out British imperialistic occupation wherever possible. Jewish teenagers furtively would come to the docks after midnight to run guns to Israel. They did not tell their parents where they were. Joseph Stalin, seeing America equivocate on Israel’s survival, got the interesting idea that perhaps Israel would ally with the Soviet Union, so the Communist-dominated Czechoslovakia sent Israel weapons. As a result, the Jews got some weapons, and they stood up successfully against those seven Arab Muslim countries.

Today that is the call of the hour for Ukraine — and they can win. So many of them have died in vain for lack of arms to defend. They do not ask for our boys, nor for NATO intervention, nor for major offensive weapons systems. Just those old, worn-down MiG-29s. Only the Zhlub in the White House stands in the way. The Zhlub who spent the week walking back misstatements ranging from whether we would be sending our boys into Ukraine, whether we would respond to Russian chemical weapons “in kind,” whether we aim for regime change within Russia, and whether sanctions ever are meant to deter. (And did the Zhlub just inadvertently disclose that we are training Ukrainian armed forces now stationed in Poland?) (READ MORE: To Biden’s Handlers: Shut Him Up, and Shut Him Down)

Joe Biden is more than a Zhlub; he is a veritable plague. It took 10 plagues to liberate the Biblical Jews from Egypt at Passover season. Biden is not exactly blood, frogs, lice, mixed animals, pestilence, boils, hailstones mixed with fire, locusts, darkness, and death of the firstborn. Instead, redefining the term “Hail to the Chief,” he has continued to plague:

  1. Our Mexico border (illegal immigration, undoing much of Trump’s successful efforts to secure the border, the impending end of Title 42, one million “encounters” in six months)
  2. Safety from historically surging crime in our inner cities (prompted by Democrats like the Squad and the Soros DAs who advocate revolving doors of jail, no bail, no charging felonies, defunding police)
  3. Our public schools (Critical Race Theory disseminated and inculcated in our schools; his DOJ comparing concerned parents with “domestic terrorists”; promoting same-sex and transgender curricula for children, the perverse sickness now extended to Disney Florida)
  4. Our unique world leadership in oil-and-gas energy (fall from energy independence, negating Keystone XL pipeline, adding obstructive regulations, closing off Alaska’s ANWR region to exploration, raiding the emergency oil stocks of the National Petroleum Reserve)
  5. Foreign affairs (Afghanistan evacuation, Iran deal, Russia–Ukraine, our allies will not even take his phone calls)
  6. Our economy (unprecedented runaway inflation, record debt, gas at $7 a gallon; exploding food prices; pending mass grain shortages worldwide as Russia and Ukraine, who supply some 30 percent of the world’s wheat and the fertilizer so critical to farming, decline and partly collapse agriculturally under the impact of the war and anti-Russia sanctions)
  7. Supply chains (high gas prices, government interference and regulations)
  8. High appointments of incompetents (e.g., Cackling Kamala) and Unqualifieds (e.g., Ketanji — the deeply dishonest, lying non-biologist)
  9. Gaffes, gaffes, and more gaffes (no surprises — we all knew it going in: his history of racist comments, the Neil Kinnock biography plagiarism, and so much more)
  10. Hunter Biden (a plague of the firstborn, although Beau came first)

That is where it stands. The toxic elements of AOC’s “Green New Deal” and Pelosi’s all-purpose leftist agenda have contributed to the mess. We have to learn how to say “Win!” — regardless of whether that word appears on Biden’s new set of “press conference flash cards.” Sooner or later, Ukraine will get the MiG-29s. They will win — or Putin will win. Only Biden will get a “participation trophy.” We are stuck with the Zhlub for 31 more months until November 2024 and two more beyond that until January 21, 2025. Until then, we will have to keep absorbing that fish. 

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Rabbi Dov Fischer, Esq., is Vice President of the Coalition for Jewish Values (comprising over 2,000 Orthodox rabbis), was adjunct professor of law at two prominent Southern California law schools for nearly 20 years, and is Rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California. He was Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review and clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before practicing complex civil litigation for a decade at three of America’s most prominent law firms: Jones Day, Akin Gump, and Baker & Hostetler. He likewise has held leadership roles in several national Jewish organizations, including Zionist Organization of America, Rabbinical Council of America, and regional boards of the American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundation. His writings have appeared in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Federalist, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, and Israel Hayom. A winner of an American Jurisprudence Award in Professional Legal Ethics, Rabbi Fischer also is the author of two books, including General Sharon’s War Against Time Magazine, which covered the Israeli General’s 1980s landmark libel suit. Other writings are collected at
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