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Where Trump Was Strong, Biden Is Weak

Joe Biden is inadvertently running the Trump reelection campaign.

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Does anyone at all realistically think the United States would have surrendered in Afghanistan under a Trump administration? The probability of that defeat is exceedingly low. But under Joe Biden we cut and ran and essentially surrendered in a war we had fought for 20 years. We also left hostages for the Taliban. Where Trump was strong, Biden is weak. Liz Peek of the New York Post continues.

Peek: Donald Trump first met Xi Jinping in 2017 at his Palm Beach Club Mar-a-Lago, where the president and first lady Melania entertained China’s president and his wife at an elegant dinner. Over what Trump described as a “beautiful piece of chocolate cake,” he informed Xi that U.S. military forces had just sent 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles to bomb a military airfield in Syria.

It was a masterful shot across the bow of the ambitious Chinese leader, who had blocked U.N. condemnation of Syrian President Assad’s poison gas attack, which had killed 77 of his own countrymen, including 22 children. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster proposed various ways to punish Assad; Trump chose their preferred plan of attacking the airbase from which the deadly poison had been launched.

The missile attack send a clear message to Assad that Trump meant business; it also served notice to Xi that, much as the Chinese press was eager to portray their president as “equal” to the American head of state, the U.S. was still in charge and not to be trifled with. Whatever his flaws, Trump knew the world was a safer place when America projected strength.

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Now we have a new president, one who thinks, with zero justification, that he knows better than his defense or intelligence advisers and who, ignoring their advice, has personally engineered an historically humiliating and tragic defeat to our nation.

There’s a reason why, in 2009, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, directing our war effort in Afghanistan at the time, warned that if we followed then-Vice President Joe Biden’s “shortsighted” counter-terrorism strategies, we would create “Chaos-istan.”

It is worth noting that Trump’s attack on Syria’s airbase came three years after President Obama reached an agreement whereby Russian President Vladimir Putin would destroy Assad’s chemical weapons stores, boasting afterwards that “It turns out we’re getting chemical weapons out of Syria without having initiated a strike.” Obama’s Secretary of State John Kerry claimed on “Meet the Press,” “With respect to Syria, we struck a deal where we got 100% of the chemical weapons out.” Not true.

Biden, a product of that administration, has in just seven months shown the world that the U.S. has no “red lines,” does not care about our allies and cannot be trusted. If Biden were a man of integrity, he would resign. He would take responsibility for setting in motion the events that directly led to the deaths of 13 service members and nearly 200 Afghans.

Unhappily, by lying about his decisions and blaming his predecessor, the Afghan military and his own advisers for the catastrophes of the past week, Biden has shown he is not a man of integrity. He will not resign…

Americans are horrified that we have lost 13 heroes, that our country has abandoned friends and allies, and left countless countrymen behind. They are also angry, knowing that our nation is the most powerful nation on earth, and can do better. With Joe Biden in the Oval Office, that may not be true.

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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