National Security

In 2021 Biden Showed The World American Weakness

They took note.

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Foreign capitals probably, though covertly, long for the days of Donald Trump. Tough but fair, an ally but a nationalist first, Trump led a strong America. Joe Biden does not. James Jay Carafano of the Heritage Foundation tells us why.

Carafano: Like the noisy neighbor throwing a raucous, late-night, blow-out, America just can’t be ignored.  Here are the four biggest lessons the rest of the world learned about U.S. foreign policy in the Biden era.

The Adults are Not Back- Let’s get the obvious out of the way. President Biden’s foreign policy has been marked by a series of missteps, misdeeds and misfires. That’s not just my view. I’ve talked with scores of foreign officials from friendly nations who are absolutely gob-smacked by Biden blunders ranging from green lighting Nord Stream II (the Russian energy pipeline) to the disgraceful withdrawal from Afghanistan and to the fumbling over Ukraine.

Worse, their expectations that American policy will get much better under this president are lower than the president’s poll numbers. At best, they hope Team Biden can muddle through the next three years. They are already looking past this president.

Are you embarrassed that Joe Biden is our "president"?

Buckle Up- The world has also noticed that America’s chief adversaries are acting like every day is a Black Friday Sale. China, Russia and Iran seem particularly willing to press the U.S. During their virtual summit this month, the leaders of Moscow and Beijing poked at Biden, showing little regard for this administration. Meanwhile, Tehran continues to take advantage of the administration’s pathetic desire to revive the deservedly moribund Iran deal, publicly rebuffing and humiliating Washington at every turn.

Make no mistake, freedom-loving world leaders are losing sleep over what might happen in places like Ukraine, Taiwan and the Middle East. Most expect these global miscreants will continue to bully their way to incremental gains. That puts the rest of the world in a tough place. Should they buckle up for a rough roller coaster ride as America’s ally? Go it alone? Or give in and accommodate the bad guys?

Congress is Not Brain Dead on Defense- All is not lost. Passing this year’s National Defense Authorization Act proved remarkably difficult, but in the end, Congress got it done. In the process, Congress stood firm against some of the worst efforts to muddle the legislation, including attempts to derail U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation. Moreover, Congress authorized an additional $25 billion above what the president asked for. (His anemic defense budget proposal would not have even offset the rise in inflation.)

Is America First Back?- The most interesting lesson from the last year may be that Biden’s fecklessness has made a case—not just to Americans, but to the free world—that maybe America First wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

The U.S. is a global power with global interests and responsibilities. When we look after our own stuff, the whole world really is better off. People can debate whether they want Donald Trump back, but many folks at home and around the world would like to have his policies back.

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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