Joe Biden’s Bluster
President Biden is known for making promises the United States should never keep.
The friendly encounter with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman may not have been so defining if Biden hadn’t first made himself available.
During the 2020 campaign, Biden said that when he encounters the prince, he would treat him like the “pariah” he was for having authorized the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
As for Biden’s account of MBS confronting him behind closed doors, both the Saudis and many of Biden’s own countrymen doubt his rendition.
Why? Joe Biden is a hero in his personal interactions, where very few of his contemporaries can recall him being that heroic.
The classic story Biden tells of his encounter with a Black pool security guard, in a Black neighbourhood, and a gang leader called Corn Pop. Biden had to force Corn Pop out of the pool because he was breaking the rules.
When Biden went to bed, Corn Pop was there waiting with three of his gang members and a straight razor. Biden held a 6-foot-long length of chain and faced Corn Pop.
Whatever the reality of that event, 60 years ago, Biden has issued, in his 18 months in office, a remarkable number of warnings and threats as to what he would do as commander in chief if challenged, thereby putting his own and his country’s credibility on the line.
When asked if he would resort to force in order to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons before heading to the Middle East, Biden responded, “If it was the last resort. Yes.” “
During their trip, Israel and the United States signed an agreement to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Now we are committed.
Considering that the U.S. fought in five Middle East wars this century — Afghanistan. Syria. Libya. Yemen. — it would seem reasonable to assume this country is wary about waging a new conflict with the biggest powers in the region.
When Vladimir Putin, Russian President, built forces in Ukraine, and repeatedly asked for guarantees that Ukraine wouldn’t be admitted to NATO (an alliance targeted at Russia), the Biden administration declined.
The February invasion was followed by Biden’s threats. His call to remove Putin from power was almost declared a war goal.
” “For God’s sake this man cannot continue in power,” declared Biden in Poland. This declaration was quickly retracted by White House staff.
In conjunction with the weapons we shipped to Ukraine — long-range rockets and artillery — Biden declared at the NATO summit, Madrid, that the U.S. would increase its military presence within Europe.
The permanent headquarters for the U.S. Army’s V Corps will be relocated to Poland. Two additional F-35 fighter jet squadrons are to be moved to the U.K. More air defense capabilities are to be moved into Germany and Italy. The U.S. will increase its rotational deployments to the Baltic area. U.S. troops will be moving into Romania.
U.S. forces in Europe are to be increased from about 60,000 to 100,000, and Biden has vowed that Putin’s invasion “will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine. “
How Biden can guarantee that Russia’s invasion will be stopped if Putin invades the Donbass is not clear.
Since the Russia-Ukraine conflict began, Biden also gave Article 5 war assurances to Sweden and Finland. He promised to join NATO.
From the Arctic to the Black Sea and from Iceland to Estonia, there are now 30 European nations we are obligated to defend.
In 2021, Biden indicated that the U.S.-Philippines mutual security treaty dating to the 1950s meant the U.S. would come to Manila’s defense should it attempt to reclaim rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, also claimed and now occupied by Chinese military forces.
The U.S. War Guarantees in the Treaty With Japan also extend to Senkaku Islands which are claimed by China according to the Biden White House.
In May in Tokyo Biden said a flat yes to the question of a journalist asking if he was willing to get involved militarily to protect Taiwan. “
” That’s our commitment,” the president stated.
Not so. The U.S. scrapped its formal commitment to defend Taiwan in 1979, replacing a treaty of alliance with the Taiwan Relations Act, which obligates the U.S. to help equip Taiwan to defend itself.
Once again, the White House sought to retract Biden’s statement that we would support Taiwan. Since Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing, U.S. policy has been that Taiwan is “a part of China”. “
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We have sent dozens of blank checks out to countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. These checks were meant to encourage them to fight for their borders.
Yet, the border most critical to us, the U.S.-Mexican border, is being overrun by a quarter of a million migrants every month, with the worst of them bringing in the fentanyl that killed 100,000 of America’s young last year.
And bellicose Joe did next to nothing.