One of U.S. President Joe Biden’s most fist-pumping lines in his State of the Union address was his brash promise to go after “the Russian oligarchs,” as he called them. “We’re joining with European allies to find and seize their yachts, their luxury apartments, their private jets,” he said. Then, wagging his finger, he addressed them directly: “We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.”

It’s the perfect Bidenist blend of common-sense populist politics and good old-fashioned American patriotism. And it’s been followed up with real policy muscle. Still, the question lingers: Isn’t this supposed to be about Ukraine?

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