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Grenell Rains on Blinken Parade

The new Secretary of State has a short memory.

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The Biden administration is not content with creating a crisis situation at the border and rejoining the deeply flawed Iran nuke deal and Paris Accords. It now goes to foreign lands and indulges in internal American politics, much to the likely mortification of their foreign hosts.

FNC: “U.S. Secretary of State Antonin Blinken marked his first trip to Asia as the country’s top diplomat by appearing to take a parting shot at the Trump administration.”

“Diplomacy is back at the center of U.S. foreign policy. Today, I’m en route to Tokyo and Seoul to discuss how the United States will strengthen our cooperation in the #IndoPacific and across the globe with two of our closest allies,” said Blinken.

But Trump top Intelligence official and Ambassador Richard Grenell was having nothing of it. Grenell correctly emphasized that Trump did not launch new wars while in office “and his many diplomatic successes were peace deals and economic normalization agreements.

“Let’s see what peace deals you can get with your new style of diplomacy,” Grenell tweeted.

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Last week, Blinken paid a compliment to the Trump administration for the Abraham Accords struck between Arab nations and Israel. Blinken also recently praised the Trump administration approach to China.

So given that, what’s he at? Does he feel his appeasement of American enemies and limitation of American range of action is so potentially damaging to national interests that he had to preemptively change the subject, lest the press actually do the geopolitical math?

Richard Grenell, who was a star in the Trump administration as Ambassador to Germany and Acting Director of National Intelligence, is absolutely right to point out that if the Biden administration achieves half of what Trump did in the national security arena it could be considered a success.

Trump’s realistic and tough views on American diplomacy got the American embassy in Israel properly moved to Jerusalem. It got the NATO slackers to cough up billions more in defense, which meant less of a burden for US taxpayers. It withdrew from meaningless and hypocritical UN forums and agencies. And as even Blinken noted, it got tough with China and negotiated groundbreaking peace deals in the Middle East that lay the basis for a lasting entente. That in of itself is a goal that eluded every administration since 1948. Trump did it.

He did it while at the same time rebuilding our military, negotiating a better trade deal to replace NAFTA, and by keeping American enemies like Iran at bay by the judicious and targeted use of force. No ground wars, no quagmires, no open-ended decades long conflicts. It is a record to be proud of. Antony Blinken knows that too. Hence his shot at Trump. To achieve the false hocus pocus that Blinken wants, he first must try to undo the reality of Trump success.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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