Friday, March 5, 2021

Don't Underestimate Joe Biden in Putting America Last; Biden's Obama-Style Bumbling of Foreign Policy Begins

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Don't underestimate Joe Biden in putting America last:
In his memoir after serving as President Barack Obama’s secretary of Defense, Robert Gates’ assessment of Joe Biden’s foreign policy skills was succinct: “I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
Mr. Gates was not a partisan hack. He served in both Republican and Democratic administrations with a reputation as a very clear-minded practitioner of realpolitik focused on the best interests of the United States. Having also served as director of the CIA under President George W. Bush, he possesses a very realistic view of the world and understands that one must see things as they are, not as one might wish them to be. His view of Mr. Biden’s skills to act in the best interest of the U.S. does not inspire confidence.
A month into the Biden presidency, we already have a glimpse of his tendency to miscalculate the intentions of our adversaries and repeat the same mistakes the Obama administration made. This latter point is somewhat ironic since Mr. Obama has expressed his concern about Mr. Biden’s judgment in a rather crude way, warning people not to “underestimate Joe’s ability to [expletive] things up.” Here Mr. Gates’ and Mr. Obama’s view of the new president converge. President Biden, having made foreign policy misjudgments in the past, is more than capable of repeating them. The danger is profound.
Consider the new president’s conceptualization of climate change and racial equity as elements of his foreign policy. There is the distinct danger that such myopia will distract the president from the real nature of foreign policy and national security. --->READ MORE HERE
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Biden's Obama-style bumbling of foreign policy begins:
Addressing the G7 security conference on Feb. 19, President Biden said that “America is back,” adding that the United States is “determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with [them], to earn back our position of trusted leadership.”
It was, in the words of the German magazine Der Spiegel, “… exactly the speech that many Europeans wanted to hear — an America that pats you on the shoulders, that doesn’t criticize or demand.”
Europe is eager to embrace Mr. Biden’s return to the status quo ante-Trump, i.e., the foreign policy of former President Obama. Each of his foreign policy moves so far — trying to rejoin Mr. Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran, coddling Europe, speaking tough about China and Russia without doing anything to offend either — were principal features of Mr. Obama’s failed foreign policy.
With Mr. Obama, Europe could, and did, comfortably ignore its own defense. Europe could trade with Russia and China without limit or fear of criticism and, as France did, maneuver the U.S. into helping overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi despite the fact that we had no national security interest in doing so.
There is much consternation and confusion among the EU nations (and within the Biden administration) about Russia’s persecution of Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s principal political opponent. --->READ MORE HERE

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