That would seem to be the question. Some say start the sanctions before any attack. Some say withhold sanctions till after an attack.
I have heard both arguments and I see the reason behind both. I would hate to have the decision dropped in my lap. However, these two facts I know. The reason we’re in this fix is because of Biden’s weak and dumb leadership. If we still had a surpus of energy, Russia would not be a problem. Also, if we wait, hundreds, maybe tens of thousands of lives will be lost within hours of any assault.
Then again, why should this suddenly start making a difference to Biden or any FOC? The only lives that matter to them are their own. (Contrary to their mantras, they certainly don’t care about Black lives. Else they would protect the Black lives in Chicago. )