ANALYSIS – In his first speech to the United Nations as president, Joe Biden gave a remarkable speech. Not remarkable as in Reaganesque in vision backed by realism and strength, but remarkable in being a weak, vacuous, Jimmy Carter-like presentation full of smoke, unicorns, and rainbows.
Biden repeatedly emphasized that the U.S. did not seek a new cold war with communist China, while focusing on pandemics, nuclear proliferation, and climate change as the real global threats.
In his speech Biden said:
We are not seeking the new Cold War, or the world divided into rigid blocks. The United States is ready to work with any nation that steps up, that pursues peaceful resolution to shared challenges, even if we have intense disagreement to shared challenges, because we will all suffer the consequences of our failures if we don’t come together to tackle COVID-19, climate change or threats like nuclear proliferation.
All of this ignores the overriding strategic reality that China is by far the greatest long-term threat to the United States, democracy, and the entire rules-based liberal international order.
It also ignores that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has also proven to be responsible for a massive cover up that allowed the COVID virus to become a global pandemic, if not the direct cause itself via a BSL-4 biolab leak. And that China is a serial polluter, and is currently embarked on a massive nuclear weapons buildup, AND likely, at least covering for North Korea’s illicit nuclear weapons program.
Biden also referred to his reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan on Aug. 31, shamelessly claiming that America has “ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan.” This ignores the fact that unconditional surrender and retreat are not equal to “ending conflict.”
And that the small number of U.S. forces there were minimally involved in combat, and that the terrorist Taliban regime now in power will likely foment regional conflict for years to come, armed with billions of dollars in U.S. military hardware.
All this while also murdering and repressing our loyal former Afghan allies and friends.
Of course, the president paid lip service to the U.S. “renewing and defending democracy.” However, not with strength but by talking. He said: “As we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new period of relentless diplomacy.”
This is something that is certain to have Chairman Xi Jinping, the CCP, Iran’s Mullahs, and Vladimir Putin quaking in their boots.
Biden also touted his work” rebuilding partnerships and alliances central to America’s enduring security and prosperity,” noting the U.S. effort to reaffirm the commitment to NATO allies, renewed engagement with the European Union (EU), and his rejoining of the flawed, China-friendly, Paris climate agreement, and more.
Yet, these remarks totally ignored the multiple crises Biden has provoked in just eight months with key European allies. US News noted that: “After promising European leaders that “America is back” and that multilateral diplomacy would guide U.S. foreign policy, Biden has alienated numerous allies with a go-it-alone approach on key issues.”
Beginning with the horrendous impact his Afghan withdrawal has had on America’s allies and credibility worldwide, which provoked a rare rebuke from the British Parliament calling it a “catastrophic error of judgment.”
Business Insider notes that:
Lord Robertson, who was secretary general of NATO when its member forces entered Afghanistan in 2001, described the withdrawal …as a “hasty, crassly handled surrender to the very people that we fought and defeated 20 years ago.”
“NATO and the West, whatever we like to think, have been weakened, that remarkable solidarity of 20 years ago has been damaged, and the mighty United States of America has been humiliated,” he added.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson even reportedly said offhand that “we would be better off with Trump.”
And let’s not forget the most recent crisis with allies created by Biden – the one with France and the EU triggered just last week.
As US News reported:
President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain has angered France and the European Union with a go-it-alone move they see as a return to the Trump era.
The security initiative, unveiled this week, appears to have brought Biden’s summer of love with Europe to an abrupt end. AUKUS, which notably excludes France and the European Union, is just the latest in a series of steps, from Afghanistan to east Asia, that have taken Europe aback.
France’s foreign minister expressed “total incomprehension” at the recent move, which he called a “stab in the back,” and the EU’s foreign policy chief complained that Europe had not been consulted.
It is unclear if Biden understands how divorced from reality his speech was, or if he just reads what is put in front of him, without true comprehension. But it was certainly not channeling Ronald Reagan.
Instead, it would have made a great children’s story, full of unicorns and rainbows. ADN