Biden On Foreign Policy

The Super Bowl is mercifully over….maybe now the people will start paying attention to the country and hopefully they will care about it as much as the care about some game.  (am I deluding myself?)

I have made my thoughts known on Biden and his foreign policy……I do not see him doing much to end the endless wars…..I see him giving the M-IC a free hand in the policies he and his admin will pursue…..

Just last week Biden made his big foreign policy speech…..

In his first diplomatic address since becoming president, Joe Biden on Thursday declared that “America is back” on the global stage, Reuters reports. “American leadership must meet this new moment of advancing authoritarianism, including the growing ambitions of China to rival the United States and the determination of Russia to damage and disrupt our democracy,” he said during a visit to the State Department with Vice President Kamala Harris. “We must meet the new moment … accelerating global challenges from the pandemic to the climate crisis to nuclear proliferation.” Biden also specifically called out Myanmar, urging military leaders there to put an end to the coup, and said the US will no longer support the Saudi Arabia-led military campaign in Yemen.

He also announced troop redeployments from Germany will be frozen, the limit on refugees allowed to enter the US will be increased, and US support for LGBTQ+ rights around the globe will be reaffirmed, CNN reports. “We are a country that does big things,” he said. “American diplomacy makes it happen and our administration is ready to take up the mantle and lead once again.” In a reference to former President Trump, Biden noted on Russia, “I made it clear to President Putin, in a manner very different from my predecessor, that the days of the United States rolling over in the face of Russia’s aggressive actions, interfering with our elections, cyberattacks, poisoning its citizens, are over.” The Atlantic Council offers key takeaways from the speech here.

I agree with the return of diplomacy and the cessation of arms deals to KSA, UAE….I do not agree with the troop things…..keep them in Afghanistan and Germany…..

Plus Biden’s fixation on Russia and ignoring the civil rights abuses of his friends in Egypt, UAE and KSA…..

Biden has a strange fixation on Russia. Vladimir Putin is a bad guy, but America’s dictator friends in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are worse, as well as the leaders of Central Asia States with which the US is friendly. Biden included a riff about how “the politically motivated jailing of Alexis Navalny and the Russian efforts to suppress freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are a matter of deep concern to us,” yet dismissed China’s far more brutal assault on liberty with a throwaway line about “China’s attack on human rights.”

President Joe Biden Speaks on Foreign Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Some good, some bad and some really ugly.

Keep in mind Biden’s record for all the years he has been in DC…..the ethnic cleansing, mass murder that was the Balkans…..

I will admit that he, Biden, is 100% better than the previous person sitting in the throne of power….but he is far from someone I can totally support.

My concern that he will “go in search of monsters to destroy” (John Admas quote)

In 1821, John Quincy Adams famously stated that the United States ‘does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own.’ But America also has a long interventionist tradition. Even a self-proclaimed realist like Theodore Roosevelt argued that in extreme cases of abuse of human rights, intervention ‘may be justifiable and proper’. John F. Kennedy called for Americans to ask what they could do not only for their country, but for the world.

Since the Cold War’s end, the US has been involved in seven wars and military interventions, none directly related to great-power competition. George W. Bush’s 2006 national security strategy proclaimed a goal of freedom embodied in a global community of democracies.

How will Biden intervene abroad?

I do hope that I am mistaken….but his track record is not all that squeaky clean on this front.

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7 thoughts on “Biden On Foreign Policy

  1. He managed to surprise me with the Saudi arms deal, and crticism of the action in Yemen. But I couldn’t help thinking it was a bluff, and those deals will continue behind closed doors. I know, I’m cynical. As for facing up to Putin, I very much doubt even one Russian is trembling in his boots. America hasn’t won a war since 1945, so the threats are rather empty these days.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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