About two years and counting until our next theater we call a general election……how has our dynamite president done? (Diplomatically speaking)
To begin with Biden has a crappy diplomatic agenda….at best it is a yawn especially since one of his political promises was to put diplomacy at the forefront of his administration…..that was an idle promise like most of his campaign promises.
Here is a good look at Biden’s lack of diplomacy….
Stephen Walt is underwhelmed by the Biden administration’s diplomatic performance to date:
I raise this issue because the Biden administration took office vowing to put diplomacy at the center of U.S. foreign policy, yet it has relatively few diplomatic achievements to show for its first two-plus years. On the plus side, US allies are far more comfortable with Biden and Blinken than they were with former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and they’ve been willing to forgive some of the administration’s early blunders (such as the unnecessary snub of the French during the AUKUS submarine deal in 2021). But apart from improved optics, the administration’s diplomatic record is unimpressive.
The Biden administration wanted the public to see the “return” of diplomacy one of the major differences between them and the Trump administration, but in practice Walt is right that they haven’t delivered very much on that score. It’s true that the administration has done well in coordinating with European and other allies in providing assistance to Ukraine, but this has been a bit like pushing on an open door. The US has not had to do much arm-twisting or persuading to convince allied governments to get on board with supporting the war effort, since they have all been willing to do this at least to some degree. When it comes to getting fence-sitting countries on board, there has been much less success. Almost everywhere else, the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts have either foundered or haven’t even begun.
Walt mentions ineffective or non-existent diplomacy in the Middle East, and he also notes that diplomacy has been notably lacking in US dealings with China over the last two years. The reflexive decision to cancel Blinken’s visit to Beijing over the balloon incident looks even worse now than it did at the time. Instead of taking the incident in stride and pressing ahead with diplomatic contacts, as a confident administration would do, the administration overreacted and sabotaged its own effort to begin repairing relations. The fear of appearing weak in the eyes of domestic hawkish critics has been the administration’s real weakness, and it keeps tripping them up.
Other states can see that US diplomats always take a distant second place to the military, and it is mainly through the military that the US deals with much of the rest of the world. US diplomacy is like a plant that is so starved of sunlight because it is trying to grow up in the shadow of a giant tree. As long as the military wields such outsized influence in Congress and commands so many more resources, there is little chance that diplomacy can flourish.
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I was not a supporter of Biden in 2020 for I am old enough to know what a corporate democrat he truly is…..so my expectations were low for is diplomatic presidency….more people should pay more attention to what these criminals promise for they seldom care through on them.
Since the Clinton years the US has had one foreign policy–WAR….and it has only progressively gotten worse.
It is easier to destroy than search for solutions….plus it is a lot more profitable.
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Biden is old and his diplomatic record is shit but even so, I still feel a whole lot better under his administration that I would have felt if I were to be forced to endure another 4 years of Trump —
Granted….but that still does not excuse his ignoring of diplomacy in the name of profit. chuq
Like Clausewitz said.. War is diplomacy by other means.
I’m not presenting that as a Biden excuse for war… just saying diplomacy can come in many forms.
And political power grows from the barrel of a gun…..neither will I agree with on any day. chuq
Unfortunately our agreement or disagreement never changes anything at all. What will be will be and peons like us can change nothing.
I make sure that my voice, as small as it may be, is heard…..that is more than many can say. chuq
that is more than many people even care about — and I am glad that you are one cares ….You keep me balanced on issues.
I try chuq
It seems the UK is following the idea of diplomacy by threat. Threat of ending trade deals, threat of sanctions, and threat of yet more expansion of NATO. Then there is the big threat, defending Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. That might be one threat I consider to be a bluff. I very much doubt that the people of the US or the UK (those who would have to serve in the armed forces at least) are ready to fight and die thousands of miles from home to save Taiwan.
Best wishes, Pete.
Gung ho crap usual comes from those who have never tasted the bitterness of actual combat. chuq