AMAC Exclusive – By Daniel Roman
While the Biden administration is quick to praise its own response to the Ukraine crisis and claims that it has united the globe against Russian aggression, these claims appear completely divorced from reality. While Europe has been united by Putin’s actions because they directly threaten their own security, the Biden administration has struggled to secure the support of Brazil, India, and the Gulf States, including Saudi Arabia, to do anything about Russia’s invasion, as all have maintained varying degrees of neutrality. What is particularly striking about these failures is that while the administration is eager to dismiss them as consequences of local factors, all three countries have leaders who were particularly close allies to the United States under Donald Trump. In turn, it is possible to tie their neutrality, and the consequent failure to isolate Russia diplomatically, directly to the decision of the Biden administration to alienate each of them.
Nowhere is this more obvious than in the case of Brazil. While one might expect left-wing governments in Latin America to hesitate when it comes to taking the side of the distrusted Yankees, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is a right-winger with close ties to the United States. He was a friend of former President Donald Trump, and this relationship extended to their families, with Bolsonaro’s sons making regular appearances at CPAC and other events with Trump’s children. Yet in Brazil, Bolsonaro has been a key figure preventing a close alignment with the Biden administration. Why? It cannot be sympathy for the territorial ambitions of ex-KGB spook Vladimir Putin.
Far more likely, the answer lies in the hostility Bolsonaro has been shown by the Biden administration, which seems determined to throw its weight behind the Brazilian leader’s rivals in this year’s election. In fact, the Biden administration seems prepared to do more than that. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan traveled to Brazil earlier this year where he stepped into a dispute between Bolsonaro and the Brazilian Supreme Court over electronic voting, warning Bolsonaro not to “undermine democracy.” Then, if there was any doubt, Sullivan publicly met with the Brazilian Defense Minister and a leading general with a clear implication that if there was an electoral dispute, the U.S. would expect the army to desert Bolsonaro. Why would Bolsonaro rush to support a U.S. administration that seems to be eagerly awaiting his removal from office, either electorally or by other means if the results are disputed?
Bolsonaro is not the only leader keeping his options open. Saudi Crown Prince Muhamad Bin Sultan faced nearly a year of Joe Biden refusing to take his calls. Saudi Arabia was the destination of Donald Trump’s first foreign trip, and played a key role in making possible the Abraham Accords, helping to end the conflict between Israel and much of the Arab world. Since January 2021, however, Riyadh has been placed in purgatory, with Biden blaming the Saudi Crown prince personally for the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. One of Biden’s first moves was to freeze billions in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Biden’s pettiness, which has manifested both in a lack of support for Saudi Arabia’s war against Iranian proxies in Yemen and enthusiasm for a new nuclear deal with Tehran, has left the Saudi leadership convinced that Biden seeks their overthrow or at least the removal of the current crown prince. It is hardly surprising that the Saudis refused to increase oil production in response to high prices last fall unless Biden agreed to call them first. Now when Biden needs them, rather than the other way around, it is even less shocking that they will not even take his calls. Nor will the UAE, one of the parties to the Abraham Accords, and among Donald Trump’s closest allies who refused to vote to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
India’s neutrality, while more longstanding given the historical Russo-India and U.S.-Pakistan partnerships, is nevertheless a reversal. Narendra Modi is arguably the most pro-American leader in Indian History. He is an enthusiastic proponent of the free market, has close ties to the Indian diaspora in the West, and was close to Donald Trump. Together with Trump, Modi attracted a crowd in the tens of thousands at a “Howdy Modi” event in Texas, and when President and Mrs. Trump visited India, the favor was returned as they traveled the country as the Prime Minister’s guests. India seemed to be moving rapidly toward an alliance with the United States to counter China’s rising influence.
All of this ended with the arrival of the Biden administration. Not only did Biden ignore Modi himself, but the United States began to attack him domestically. During the campaign, Biden attacked Modi’s exercise of direct rule in Kashmir, while in early 2021, Biden both refused to sell advanced U.S. weapons to India and threatened to sanction India if it bought Russian weapons instead. On February 12th, less than two weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. State Department waded into a legal case in the Indian state of Karnataka, which allowed for a ban on girls wearing Hjabs in state funded secular schools. “Religious freedom includes the ability to choose one’s religious attire. The Indian state of Karnataka should not determine permissibility of religious clothing,” tweeted U.S. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom Rashid Hussein, setting off a firestorm. Indian media was quick to point out that the U.S. Constitution establishes a strict separation of Church and state which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled allows states to ban prayer and the Ten Commandments from state schools. France and Quebec in Canada have similar bans on Hijabs. But somehow religious freedom does not exist in India if girls were not subject to an Islamic dress code in secular state schools?
The anger had barely subsided when Russia invaded Ukraine, and it fed a perception that under Biden, the U.S. looks at India not as an ally or equal partner, but as an inferior to be patronized and lectured to. Threats by the Biden administration to sanction India for failing to sanction Russia, when as noted, the U.S. refuses to sell them weapons, only encouraged the backlash among the Indian public. Biden’s problem in India is not merely Modi. It is the entire nation.
Far from rebuilding America’s alliances, the Biden administration spent more than a year alienating the allies Donald Trump worked hard to make. When Biden needed them, they were no longer there. Europe may have rallied to Ukraine’s assistance, but that has more to do with historical familiarity with the Russian threat than any persuasion on the part of Joe Biden. Where U.S. persuasion really mattered, Biden is batting almost a perfect zero.
Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
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Biden isn’t suffering at all. WE are suffering as a result of this dim-bulb’s actions.
Reversing everything that President Trump did for the U.S. is the reason hateful Socialist billionaires and Communist Chinese put Biden in the White House. It is doubtful that Biden has made any decision on his own. Biden is a puppet.
I’m still waiting for the day any Democrat, and suddenly a lot more Repubs than I care to mention, actually open their mouth without a lie spewing forth. This is what happens when the system has it so only the rich can run for office and end up elected. Is there anyone that reads these pages and believes any of those dinkwads in Washington really care about you? And how many of these loudmouthed politicians, so concerned with the Ukraine situation, do you see strapping on boots, a helmet and ready to lead the charge. But they won’t hesitate to send your sons and daughters. And they’ll all make profits through the defense industry complex. All of them. Do I feel empathy for the Ukraines, definitely. But I am way more concerned and would love for even one of those Washington do nothings on either side of the aisle to show even a 1/10 of the outrage and call to arms as they’re doing now, they all braying like the jackasses they are. I fear much like the farmer/shopkeeper/common man that brought forth the miracle that was the United States of America, we may soon have to answer that call ourselves. We have allowed this country to stray far from the Christian principals it was founded on and has sustained us for nearly 250 years. Although the voting polls are a good way of fighting back, I’m afraid we may have to go further than that. I pray every night I’m wrong. We shall see…………
Never forget what is being allowed to happen at our OWN southern border. We will pay a very heavy price for the lack of action there. The politicians know how to talk and spend money, but not much else. November will tell what our OWN country will become. Will there be enough people that will fight for freedom?
There may be a lot more to it than that, Biden himself under the Obama administration and the Deep State; can I say that here? Are we free to speak freely?; Helped overthrow a Democratically elected Leader and his administration; who was friendly to Russia; to install their New World Order puppet regim, which actually started this “War” it is flatly and unequivocally Bidens War!!! Anybody with eyes to see can see it, that is anyone not completely brainwashed by the Fourth Reich’s propaganda machine MSM
Well well I didn’t know that OBidum refused to accept phone calls from the Saudi Prince, no wonder the Prince will not accept OBidums calls now. It should be obvious to all Americans by now, that President Trump was a far better statesman than any Democrap, even though he was NOT a politician. He didn’t love Putin or China’s XI or N. Korea’s Kim Jong-un but he negotiated with them better than any politician has before or since.
One reason that President Trump WAS such a success is because he WASN’T a politician!
A solid article based in the typical marxist democrat politics of hatred for President Trump.
These democrat losers along with joebama know that everyone can see through their lies and self serving policies, they seek to retaliate against those in opposition rather than obeying the wishes of Real Citizens.
They are arrogant, greedy and anti American traitors!
Very good article here. When a doddering fool and people who believe in contrary- group think, it is obvious Biden/ Harris
Biden is NOT paying the price for anything, the American people are. Biden and the Democrat party don’t care about any of that, they are only concerned with the acomplishment of enacting their agenda.
Jorge lets change that in 2022 ,2024 and beyond by overwhelmingly DEFEATING the marxist democrat party, never again allowing them to destroy Our Country and Freedom!
You can’t really tell whether Biden is making these decisions or if his handlers are. Either way, he expects people whom he insults to assist him when he crews things up. He goes begging to terrorists like Iran, China, and Venezuela and pokes Brazil and Hungary in the eye. Can we hold out for 3 more years? Only God knows (and I mean that literally).
One thing you can say about Biden. He is consistent in handling issues …. consistently incompetent and self-serving.
With President Trump all leaders world Respect hi and the United States, can’t afford to have sleepy Brandonin control
How about a national petition to hold a general recall of the president and the vice president. It’s supposed to be government by the people. At this point forget the expense of an early election, the costs of waiting may be terminal. Waiting for a calendar date to rid our country of these (you can fill in the words), creatures is too long and stupid. If the supreme court must approve, then petition them also. I believe a great majority of American citizens will sign.
Gary how very true your recall words are. I have thought the same thing for a year now. Just put Trump in, he at least knows how & what to do!!! Biden was an implant!!!
Good idear. I agree to recall.
Just get it going on social media. Providing of course the social media would not be taken down. Maybe good ole’ grass roots door to door petitions?
Biden and his cohorts have, from day one, been determined to
‘renew’ the USA to what THEY think it should be and to hell with ‘We the People’! I pray we can survive until 2024 when, if everyone votes with their brains rather than their emotions, we can get rid of any more Anti Americans in our WH! TRUMP MAGA 2024
Think about it…more than half the nation “voted with their emotions” (with complete lack of Any brain power? It seems as though there should be some sort of exam before anyone is allowed to vote…I certainly do not mean that is a communist sort of way. I mean, we are adults, right? Would you allow a 3 to 6 month old infant to pick put and put on clothes to wear? Especially on days of inclement weather? Yet, it seems that is precisely how this administration came into power.
Reaching the age of 18 years does not make you an adult, nor capable of adult decisions. Voting is an adult decision (requiring more than 2 brain cells to knock around). I know that this is the reason behind the legislative bodies, but it still comes down to “We the People”… And “we the people” who are, in effect, signing contracts to elect, it needs to be far more than just proving you are “old enough” to vote and then showing identification when you do vote.
People registered and voting need to have more than 2 brain cells, preferably at least 10, to knock around to make decisions.
No, the MAJORITY of legal,real Citizens voted for President Trump, joebama and his marxist democrat party cheated and stole the election!
Throw these dishonest,anti American, traitors OUT!
Too many Americans are living with infusions of CNN, late night talk shows, social media and opinions from the Hollywood elite. People generally speaking have become sheep and will follow anything that “sounds” good. People think they are entitled and someone else should take care of them. Until our own people learn to critically think, we will see more and more of this, and this is exactly how Marxism and Communism start.
Barb let’s start the process in 2022 by taking back control of the House,Senate any Governorships, local school boards, LETS END THIS TREASON by marxist democrats everywhere they rear their anti American heads!!!
A DEFEAT that’s so embarrassing and decisive that they feel the WILL of THE PEOPLE THEY SERVE!!
We better start overhauling our education system and teach the values that our founding fathers believed. Teach also the value of FREEDOM!
Better to recall JB now rather than wait until 2024.
If anyone believes that the dementia ridden feckless dolt joeblow has any idea what he is undermining or even doing…my heart goes out to you.
Most of the congressmen are old and probably won’t live past 10 to 15 years they don’t give a shit about what happens to the country or our future. And most of the Democrats want this country to go down the toilet because of hating theirselves and projecting that onto the country. Socialism has not worked anywhere it’s been tried without killing their own citizenry. So let’s try it here? Only a Fool would agree to this. This will start a civil war in this country and as far as I’m concerned the sooner the better. So I’ll live long enough to see the Democrats go down in smoke before I die.
In truth, it is not just Biden who is paying the price…..the entire nation is now on the ropes because of the idiocy of this current administration……each one of us is picking up the tab for all the burdens he has placed on our country…..and as time goes on…..heavier costs will come in the world theater as other nations, enemies and “friends” alike will take advantage of our weakened status and insane actions….both domestically and internationally. Hide and watch people, the worst is yet to come.
I agree. There are of course no signs that this administration is going to relent on any front. Why should they? Things are going as expected and planned. Things are only bound to get much worse on our current course. Destroying all of our alliances around the world is just part of the larger plan to undermine the United States on all fronts. I’m amazed that so few people realized that in order to kill this country both domestically and on the foreign stage, so we look like Venezuela, Zimbabwe or Argentina, that the Democrats would have to inflict massive damage to our economy, our military and our gobal alliances.
Whether hes at 40% or 35% approval that range demonstrates the awful fact that hes not lost any support among his base. I believe he’s down just a bit among the all knowing independents but he will never see the numbers he should see; 25% or so. We’re in a terrible mess when 40% of the country approve of this man.
That’s what happens when our side basically sits on the sidelines for 50 years and gives the left of this country free reign to indoctrinate two full generations of Americans to believe that the tenets of socialism are wonderful and should be fully adopted. Actions, as well as the inactions as our side doing NOTHING to oppose the left for half a century, does indeed have consequences. Which is what we’re seeing now.
If only Trump could walk n and take over ,then kick out the restof them, what a difference you would see. Kyle L.
Biden’s not paying any price for his administration’s bungling, YET. The American people and our allies are the ones paying!!! But HOPEFULLY, they’ll pay the price at the next election, IF they can conduct it honestly!!!
The key word in your post is “if”! And frankly and alarmingly I don’t see the Republicans doing anything constructive in revamping the election system, which has now shown and proven to be a disaster in determining the will of the people on a one-man-one-vote criteria …. without which will continue to have future elections turn out as rigged like the last POTUS election.
Many Republican politicians in Washington and in certain red states seem to have taken the attitude that if they push for tightening up the election system, to prevent a repeat of the 2020 steal, they will have to admit that there was sufficient fraud to hand the election to Biden and that establishment Republicans have spent the last 14 months denying the obvious, that they wanted Trump gone as well so things could get back to “business as usual”.
The Washington swamp has many tenants.
Certainly marxist democrats,plenty of rinos and the massive bureaucracy that has evolved over time, all of who fought President Trump and his efforts to fix America.
In far to many states the marxist democrats secured a foothold and continue to buy support with their giveaways and keeping people dependent.
It will take another strong,dedicated, America first leader to continue exposing the Washington elite power structure and turn America back to the real Citizens.
I pray we have some Great leaders who are willing to accept such a difficult challenge.
NO. We’re paying the price!!!! Biteme can’t even pay attention to his lunch time pudding.
My thoughts exactly!
Get Biden,Harris and pelosi out of this government and out of this country.They are traders and traders are eather kicked out or shot.
Uh, I think of them more as traitors!