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Biden’s “C-Team” Administration

AMAC Exclusive – by Daniel Roman

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Karl Marx once observed that history often repeats, first as tragedy, then as farce. He did not ascribe this to some great mystical force, but rather to the common desire of resentful mediocrities to imitate the heroes of their youth. At the time, he was referring to the effort of Napoleon III, the nephew of the great Napoleon, to ape the pomp of his uncle when he could not match the authentic article. But for Marx, it also applied to the politicians of the left who tried to imitate Robespierre without one tenth of the substance.

If the Obama administration’s foreign policy team produced more than its share of tragedies on the world stage–Benghazi, the collapse of the Arab Spring into chaos, the rise of ISIS through a premature withdrawal from Iraq–the Biden Administration is now reproducing them in the form of farce. Obama’s foreign policy had many defects, but lack of ambition was not among them. Obama’s vision was a poor one which proved tragically incorrect, but Obama’s policies were carried out by individuals who believed in them. The speech Obama gave in Cairo in 2009 was the speech of a man who genuinely believed in a struggle between Islam and America which was based upon misunderstandings, not differing interests or the ambitions of local actors. Obama’s policies in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and toward Israel were those of someone who genuinely believed that America was the problem. That American support for dictators caused unrest, except in cases such as Iraq, where American intervention against dictators triggered chaos. In either case America was the problem.

Obama’s vision was one that leading figures in his administration had advocated for years. Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and others all had substantial profiles and a clear agenda by the time they took office. They were wrong, and the consequences of their failures were catastrophic, but they did take office with the ambition of doing something. It was a tragedy that what they sought to do turned out to be wrong.

If Obama’s team was motivated by the ambition to do something, then Biden’s team appears to be driven by a burning desire to be someone.

Anthony Blinken and Jake Sullivan were not well known for strategic or policy brilliance before their elevation to the top of the American National Security apparatus. Lloyd Austin was a general, but a largely unknown one.

The burden of anonymity hangs heavy over Biden’s team whenever they address the press. It is obvious in their prickliness when challenged, their quick resort to blaming their predecessors, their desperate efforts to claim no one could have done better. It is almost as if they need to reassure not just others, but themselves that they belong where they are.

While Republicans today lambast the incompetence of Biden’s team, Republicans weren’t the first to recognize the ineptitude of those now charged with ensuring our national security. Barack Obama and his team effectively said as much years ago. Jake Sullivan and Anthony Blinken were unknown in the policy community not because the public never had a chance to meet them, but because Barack Obama refused to make them somebodies. Both have long histories with Biden. Vice Presidents empire-build—they try to get their allies appointed to powerful posts in the administration to expand the influence they don’t have by virtue of the powers of their office. Both Blinken and Sullivan, given Biden’s elevation to the Vice Presidency, most likely should have expected the incoming Vice President to push them heavily for senior national security positions in 2009. Failing that, they should have expected to benefit from the turnover in Obama’s second term.

Where was Sullivan then? On the sidelines of power. Anthony Blinken, meanwhile, was National Security Adviser to the Vice President from 2009 to 2013, which is far from being among the most coveted positions in the national security hierarchy. This implies not only that Biden was unable to get Blinken a job anywhere on the actual President’s national security team, but that after four years as the Vice President’s National Security Adviser, he was unable to get Blinken a new post at the NSC or State Department in Obama’s second term. Not only did Hillary Clinton apparently find Blinken unworthy of a serious appointment, but so evidently did John Kerry, Susan Rice, Robert Gates and others.

Unlike Blinken, a mediocrity whose rise stalled just when it should have begun in 2009, Sullivan was a young man in a hurry. But he was in a hurry not to promote any sort of vision for foreign policy or America’s role in the world. He has barely published his thoughts on anything. His career is one of pure politics, and politics of associating with the second-tier. Clinton in 2008 and 2016, Biden in between, never breaking into Obama’s circle.

At 30, he was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, followed her to the State Department as deputy chief of staff, and then became Director of Planning Staff. But Sullivan failed to make the transition into Obama’s team, or the center of Democratic policymaking. When Clinton departed the State Department in 2013, Sullivan was neither promoted at State nor given a perch on Obama’s own team at the NSC. Instead, he found himself succeeding Blinken as Biden’s National Security Adviser.  

Perhaps Obama found his judgment or discretion lacking. It now appears that Sullivan did take part in one operational project—reportedly an effort to use hearsay and rumor mongering from former intelligence officials to try and sell the media on links between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia. What is striking is not that Sullivan would undertake such a function, but he did so in such a ham-fisted way that the CIA “picked up chatter” from Russian sources about “a senior Clinton foreign policy adviser” attempting to fabricate connections between Trump and Russia. Former CIA Director John Brennan apparently even warned Obama that Sullivan was engaged in such an effort on Hillary’s behalf.

This can only have reinforced the notion that Sullivan was a political operator who had no place in a role of responsibility over America’s national security. Biden must not have been in the loop.

U.S. Foreign Policy under Biden then is not being run by either the Obama team, or even the Obama “B team.” It is run by the C team.

Blinken and Sullivan carry themselves with the air of men who have been vindicated by events in a nominal sense, but who nevertheless feel uncomfortably aware that it was external forces like COVID-19 and the surprising ascendency of a thoroughly bland and uninspiring candidate in Joe Biden which transformed them from individuals who would likely never work in government again in 2016 to Secretary of State and National Security Adviser in 2021. Their vindication, such as it was, was entirely dependent on the unlikeliest series of events: Donald Trump’s victory in the primaries and then general election in 2016; Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the primaries and then general election in 2020. Kamala Harris’ elevation to Vice President over someone who might have had their own foreign policy team such as Susan Rice, or close links with Obama.

Their career resurrection to the center of global power is farcical, and, they seem to understand, somewhat absurd. The problem is, the American people – and the world – are paying for it. During the botched evacuation from Afghanistan, both Blinken and Sullivan seemed determined to take center stage in the media coverage to give the impression they were central to what was going on, flooding the Sunday talk shows and giving daily press conferences.

This came at the cost of actually doing anything real to fix the situation. In those appearances, their comments largely focused not on defending or justifying U.S. policy, but on justifying their own occupation of their respective positions. Their claim that Biden’s Afghanistan policy was determined by the Trump administration was the claim of someone hopelessly insecure in their own decisions. The conflicting arguments that the withdrawal was both perfect and inevitably chaotic also amounted to another defensive claim that no one would or could have done better, especially the people Sullivan and Blinken worked under during the Obama administration. The members of Biden’s team act like individuals who suspect they do not belong in their jobs.

In this characteristic insecurity, the Biden team reflects Biden himself. If the resurrection of Anthony Blinken is an inexplicable twist of fate, nothing is more farcical than the process by which Joseph Biden, who barely managed 4% in the 2008 Iowa caucuses in his second run for President, coming well behind Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards, ended up in the White House. It required Barack Obama to defeat Hillary Clinton in an upset in 2008, John Edwards’ political career to explode in scandal, eliminating him from consideration for Vice President. It also took Obama’s subsequent selection of Biden, and then the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016—followed by the almost tragicomic fiascos of the Democratic contests in Iowa and New Hampshire with no clear victor between Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. That allowed Biden, who came in fourth, to make a come-from-behind bid for the nomination. COVID-19 and the chaos it installed in the electoral system then allowed Biden to become President by the narrowest of margins.

Someone who if but for that most unlikely combination of factors would be on the doorstep of a long-term care facility rather than President is unsurprisingly determined to remind everyone he is President. But Biden, like Blinken and Sullivan, seems deeply uncertain what he wanted to be President for. A man who opposed school bussing for integration and voted for the Iraq War now champions Black Lives Matter and unilateral withdrawal from abroad. But like his cronies, Biden is committed to reminding everyone every day he is President through assertions of his own importance. He wanted to be president as personal vindication—vindication over those for whom, in 1988 and 2008 and 2016, he was “not good enough.”

The problem, as with Blinken and Sullivan, is that those who believed Biden was not fit to be president, including figures as diverse as Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden, were right. Biden understands the presidency only in terms of wielding power. Afghanistan was arbitrary and capricious. His mandate for employers was arbitrary and capricious. His recent decision to ration antibody treatments to the states was arbitrary and capricious. His response to criticism is to remind critics that he is President and can do what he wants.

In fact, that is the unifying message from this entire “C Team” administration. Sullivan, Blinken, and Biden all want the press and media to know that they are in office. Those who bemoan the far-left agenda of the Biden administration confuse farce for tragedy. The Afghan people and the American people would be enormously lucky to have Obama 2.0 rather than this group. Instead, we are getting those who never made the cut. Their farcical efforts to win personal vindication at the expense of the American people and the world itself have already proved a disaster beyond measure.

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PIDL
1 month ago

Sullivan is the man who started the 4 years of relentless attack of Donald Trump with the Russian collusion. If one looks at the history of his involvement with Hillary Clinton and Putin, one can see that these same techniques were used by Putin during his re-election campaign saying Hillary was trying to influence the Russian elections. It worked for Putin. He was re-elected. An article written by the New York Post asks “Did Jake Sullivan commit perjury? Emails reveal ‘lie’ on Trump” explains how he was involved. He is now Biden’s team member. But as usual, the Democrats are held to a different standard. And Blinken is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as are many of the Biden crew!!!
Also, this is why Hillary did not want her e-mails revealed. It would show all of the deception and lies she has been fomenting for years.

jim carlyle
1 month ago

Really good article.

A P
1 month ago

I don’t think Dementia Joe will even last to the Midterms. Either he will stroke out or COVID will get him. At his age and condition, the virus will surely kill him regardless of how many booster shots he gets – and he knows it. Then his “C-team” will be replaced by Cacklin’ Kamala’s own C-team.

Karen
1 month ago

There is a large percentage of people in the USA that are not even aware of what is going on. How can we teach them? Can they be taught? I’m not too sure. Since our Reps are doing nothing, we should tell them to get off their fat butts and get out to talk to the people. Are we leaving everything up to FOX and Newsmax? The far left does not watch those stations.

mrrand
2 months ago

Sullivan, Blinken, and Biden are political animals of the left gaining prominence in our political processes. The left has been ascending for decades looking for a foot hold, and now it has one. The one notable thing of the left success in making policy is the total absence of the successes of all those things the left has done. The left has turned our public government educational process into an education of and in mediocrity. What we have today is a major decline in the education of our population who lack abilities in math, thinking and reasoning, employable skills, general knowledge and an understanding of our governance. The education shortcomings allow for our political candidates to win elections based upon how well they are coached and managed at personality projection and not their knowledge, skills and abilities to accomplish the tasks and needs of national leadership.office. So now we, the electorate, have saddled our selves with leardes such as these, and become the international laughing stock of the whole wide world. We are now iminently posed to fall from the position of the leading world country, where so many want to come, to a thrid rate nation state that essentially can not govern itself.

Carma
2 months ago

The tragedy for the U.S. is that we cannot get rid of this group of idiots for another 3+ years. Such is our election system that we are stuck with incompetents taking us down, a bunch of egoists w/o a cause to be ego-driven and a president in name only in his stupidity and unearned arrogance. What can we do? Only a change in our Constitution would allow us to do much of anything. I know hopes are pinned on ’22 but that gives them another year to commit havoc and create more disasters.

Garye
2 months ago

More like an F troop clown show team!
joebama,commie Harris, useless schummer and pelosi, EVERY Democrat and all their supporting cast – ABJECT FAILURES!!
Worst EVER!

Kay
2 months ago

Biden doesn’t have a clue what is going on, the question is who is pulling his strings and making the decisions that is destroying our Constitution .All of these people were chosen by someone else not biden

Fgdtr
2 months ago

Biden the commander and chief ass-wipe and his yellow belly generals.

Lawrence Jones
2 months ago

Every official was chosen based on the typical leftist checklist. Woman? Check. Gay? Check. Black? Check. Hispanic? Check. Where Trump’s officials were chosen based on ability and competence, Biden’s were chosen by checklist. And, it shows!

Mike Lowry
2 months ago

It’s long been a business axiom that “A” players hire other “A” players, while “B” players hire “C” players. I’m wondering what kind of players a “Z” player hires.

We are governed by idiots because half of the citizens don’t spend any time learning about the issues.

Cindt
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Lowry

Oh so true!

TheHoneyBadger
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Lowry

One must always remember that half the people out there are below average.

Garye
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike Lowry

Mike- truer statement cannot be made!
We get these LOSERS because people are either ignorant of the issue or just plain ignorant.
In 2022 we’ll see if ANY of them are paying attention to the democrats destruction of America??
Or if their ignorance has won the day??

Henry Miller
2 months ago

The Peter Principle in action–people tend to rise to their level of incometence. They’re just competent enough to rise in the ranks for a while, but their competence is limited. They get that one last promotion–into positions where their competence is insufficient and then proceed to do an incompetent job. That’s what we’re seeing in the Biden Administration–and in Biden himself.

Winston Bela
2 months ago

C Team? You give the Biden Administration too much credit.

HocasPocas
2 months ago

I don’t believe that the c team will be in the position that they are in much longer. It’s going to be a long hard road for every American citizen in the fight to not lose everything including our freedom

Henry Miller
2 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

At least half of America will never lose their freedom. It may take Czechoslovakia-style or Yugoslavia-style dissolution of the country to keep it, but keep it we will.

Sean Richman
2 months ago

First there was Jimmy Carter,a good man,but a poor president,then they elected nonobamba,a president that really disliked AMERICA.Now we have biden,harris,screwmer,peeloosli and many,many more and all of a sudden Carter doesn’t seem so bad.

edgar fletcher
2 months ago

Wow, I’ve been enlightened. What a sad indictment of Joe Biden, he truly is an idiot.

Rick
2 months ago

Best analysis I’ve read of this debacle! You put substance to what I’ve been suspicious of for a long time. Thanks

Grace
2 months ago

Joe Biden who ‘s ambition to be a politician was only for the money has proven true. For fifty years he lied, cheated, bluffed his way Always the con, guy, never the nice guy. Even one of his own declared-“Joe is the kind of guy, when you see him coming down the hall toward you, you take the next exit.” During those fifty lucky years there is not one thing you can point to that Joe Biden did for the people. An angel on his shoulder? You might think so, but for America it was the dark angel?

CoNMTX
2 months ago
Reply to  Grace

How true. In all those years, there is nothing he has done “for” the people. It’s always been what he’s done “to” the people for himself. He’s always been a liar and cheat. I’m sure he’s quite proud of Hunter, who is following in Old Dad’s dirty footsteps.

A P
1 month ago
Reply to  Grace

But he sounded like a “nice guy” and was portrayed that way by the Media. This was enough to con swing voters (affluent suburbanites) to vote for him over Trump.

johnh
2 months ago

The Biden team is very weak, but also Biden talks almost every day & walks off without answering questions. He does not allow his team to talk about current issues — but does it as one person and is a monlogue that appears to be controlled by some other person/groups . And how can Biden stand in front of a mike & say his proposed + $3 Trillion will cost zero dollars to taxpayers?? If that is true, then that means Fed Debt will not grow during his term who will agree with that except people in his admin and his daily WH person.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Biden has been instructed by his handlers to not take questions after his speeches. That is why he just walks away each time now. They are terrified he will say something and cause major problems, that have to be cleaned up afterwards. If Biden does go off script and begins to answer a question, they now routinely either cut his mike off or kill the video feed altogether. Yes it is an absurd arrangement for the POTUS to not answer any questions, but this is how his handlers run things given his reduced mental state.

As for his ridiculous claims that the reconciliation bill will cost zero dollars, that is what is script writer prepared for him to say. He reads prepared text off a teleprompter. He doesn’t necessarily know or believe anything he is saying. He is just a figurehead being manipulated by Klain and Rice to be the face of the agenda being done in his name.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

How true!

D.P.
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE…this has been my observation all along. That people need to look behind the curtain, under the table, in back of the screen…..Biden is mere “headpiece” and truly of no consequence aside from the name “president.” There are others in the wings, doing the dirty work of taking the Republic to its knees. It’s like having termites….silent, hidden, and then you find the damage, and getting rid of them and later preventing them becomes the larger problem….providing the house has not already collapsed around your head. We are in a mess…….and the band plays on, the dance continues….the old Potomac Two-step…still.

A P
1 month ago
Reply to  D.P.

Not entirely. Senile people tend to be extremely stubborn, and the Afghanistan debacle could be mostly Joe’s fault, not just his handlers.

Wanda
2 months ago
Reply to  johnh

Obama is serving his third term through China Joe the illegal president.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

C Team is correct: Comedy Team

GAB
2 months ago

Except this ‘team’ is not funny in the least bit!

HocasPocas
2 months ago

I was thinking more in the line of clown team

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