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Incommunicado: The Biden Administration Speaks Neither to Allies nor Americans (But Gives Lists to the Taliban)

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AMAC Exclusive – By David P. Deavel

bidenThe man who many predicted would restore the place of the U. S. on the world stage that President Trump supposedly ruined has brought shame and dishonor on the presidency and our country. “President Joe Biden phoned British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday,” the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported on August 17, “hours after it was revealed he hadn’t phoned any allies since the fall of Kabul set off frantic efforts to evacuate American and allied personnel.”

Let that sink in for a moment. The President of the United States, having completely bungled the withdrawal of our troops from a country in which not only thousands of Americans but also thousands of our allies were now stuck, had not even called the leaders of those allies whom we had stranded. British papers reported that not only had the British military been kept completely in the dark about American withdrawal details, but that Boris Johnson had been attempting to contact Biden for 36 hours. Is it any wonder that the British Parliament held Mr. Biden in contempt?

The Biden Administration was hailed from its beginnings as the return of the “adults,” but the events of the still-new-but-definitely-not-shiny Biden presidency have revealed a grave crisis in understanding. “Feeling overwhelming gratitude for the adults in the room,” tweeted the militant left-wing atheist writer Sam Harris on January 20, 2021. He wasn’t alone. Last week, Harris had the intestinal fortitude to retweet his original comments with the new message that he was “Publicly eating these words…syllable by syllable.” Adults understand that they need to keep allies in the loop, at the very least. The catastrophe of our bungled withdrawal and effective surrender of Afghanistan to the Taliban has many sides to it, but one that cannot be stressed enough is that the Biden administration acted like a teenager who smashed up the car and hid in his room rather than admit what he had done.

Many people accused President Trump of wanting to break up NATO by demanding that members pay their fair share, but President Biden may actually have accomplished it by alienating them from the United States.

Historically speaking, American presidents have kept in constant touch with allies, using the phone (ever since it was put in the White House by Herbert Hoover) more and more as cables connected the continents and then satellites made international calls more reliable. Though the famous Washington-Moscow “hotline” used by the White House from 1963 until into the Reagan administration was actually a teletype machine for sending messages, the telephone became increasingly important in the late-twentieth century despite the difficulties in communication in foreign languages and the differing perceptions of how tricky phone calls can be interpreted by both sides. Richard Nixon, despite dealing with the Watergate scandal, famously kept in very close contact with Israel’s Golda Meir during the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and aided her with an airlift of materiel and supplies. Ultimately, in historian Stephen Ambrose’s words, he succeeded in “saving Israel.”

This habit of calling our allies and keeping in constant touch in times of crisis continued through President Trump’s time. Though critics of Barack Obama’s presidency noted how he failed to do enough telephone diplomacy with allies in periods of calm, nevertheless the 2014 crises in Ukraine and the Middle East found President Obama and also then-Vice President Joe Biden constantly on the phone with leaders from around the world.

President Trump was from the get-go on the phone constantly with world leaders. He dared to speak to Taiwan’s president early on, angering the Chinese and also American figures eager to please them. While conventional critics scored his informal and sometimes “frank and candid” (as the euphemism is used for politicians favored by media) conversations with figures such as Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron, and Australia’s Scott Morrison, it was clear that he actually was talking to them—and he got results. When Trump decided to pull out of Syria, he talked to the upset Macron numerous times. Trump’s pull-out of military advisers from Syria in October 2019 was widely decried, especially by Macron. But evidence of the kind of disaster facing us today was not present. Kenneth Timmerman argued at the time that Trump’s decision, communicated to unhappy allies, was the right one: “By targeting Erdogan financially, legally and undermining his legitimacy, President Trump has done more to help the Kurds than his critics with their crocodile tears. And for now, he is winning.”

Biden was advertised, early on, as continuing this tradition of keeping in touch. Perhaps, given his approach to things, personal in a similar if not the same way as President Trump, he would make American diplomacy a kinder and gentler version of the Trump way. CNN reporters announced on January 22 one long series of glad-handing talks with world leaders. The truth in this might have been in the CNN anecdote that began the story about Biden reminiscing about eating many meals with Chinese President Xi Jinping. President Biden apparently has more time for the Chinese President than he does for the Prime Minister of one of our closest allies. Alas, this matched President Obama’s penchant for prioritizing conversations with Iran over our traditional allies.

But what Americans paying attention soon found out was that Mr. Biden was perhaps too busy eating ice cream cones to do the telephonic glad-handing. Kamala Harris was reported to be the one making customary calls to heads of state. Perhaps she should have kept it up if Mr. Biden himself was going to give up communicating in the way he has done.

It is not just communication with our allies that shows neither Mr. Biden nor apparently Ms. Harris are the adults in the room. They have shown by their communication with our enemies and the American people the disaster we face. Politico’s report that the Administration shared the names of American and Afghan evacuees with the Taliban, to which it has entrusted a great deal of our “security,” was not contradicted by the President in his August 27 address to the American people.

That address, as Scott Johnson of Powerline said, was filled with remarks that were “pathetic and stupid” and gave “human form to our humiliation.” Instead of restoring confidence in our allies and in our country, the Biden presidency brings us shame and fear. A president who cannot communicate with his allies or his own fellow Americans but can provide the names of Americans to the terrorist cabal whom we invaded a country to remove is not a man to be trusted. A new poll from Rasmussen shows fewer than 40 percent of Americans think President Biden is in charge.

Given his performance, the wonder is that it is so many.

David P. Deavel is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, co-director of the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and a visiting professor at the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is the co-host of the Deep Down Things podcast.

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Kim
Kim
2 years ago

America is so much better than this. To world leaders, their citizens, and all those unfortunate people left behind in Afghanistan, this American, for one, deeply regrets the decisions made by our president, vice president, and their cabinet heads. We have been burdened with consequences beyond our ability to compensate, and we look forward to the day when sanity and good judgment return to Washington. This administration is a total failure.

We’ve known for a long time that electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the highest offices was a head-scratcher. This latest fiasco in Afghanistan, their failure to carry out the obligations of their offices, and not even attempting a cogent defense of their actions further highlights their complete and reprehensible incompetence.

The Freezing Senior
The Freezing Senior
2 years ago

BIDEN AND THE DEMOCRATS . . .
The party of DEATH.
Killing the unborn,
Killing jobs,
Killing businesses,
Killing energy independence,
Killing our cities,
Killing our borders,
And now Killing our brave servicemen.

Biden MUST BE STOPPED before he destroys what remains of America.

MAGA FOREVER – Deus Vult !

Patrick Brandner
Patrick Brandner
2 years ago

Pitiful excuse for the leader of the free world.

Hal Mills
Hal Mills
2 years ago

As Mark Levin says, Biden is a stupid buffoon! I couldn’t agree more and he’s better than Kamala Harris!

Ken Westenkirchner
Ken Westenkirchner
2 years ago

It’s time Biden, Harris, blinken, Austin, milley , McKenzie, the NSA, etc. should be removed and charged with treason. 160, lives, including 15 Americans have died bc of their direct incompetence. Their blood is on your hands.

In_God_We_Trust
In_God_We_Trust
2 years ago

Anyone remember “The Great Reset” and the Second Coming? Both involve a one-world order. Is this really stupidity or a calculated demise? Get the greatest country ever on the planet humiliated and off the world stage. Just sayin’.

pcz
pcz
2 years ago

The Republicans knew biden was a big blow hard just like Obama was. All blow no go, however the people who put biden and Harris in the Whitehouse are suffering the embarrassing actions of thier president he’s certainly not mine. So since we know he’s a bumbling idiot and Harris is to busy kissing ass let’s find a way to get rid of them both. He’ll bring Trump back in but no media access this time.

Dusty
Dusty
2 years ago

I seem to recall Biden was pushed to the forefront during the campaign as the “moderate” Democrat. I wonder how many who voted for him based upon this assessment feel betrayed, having realized he’s a pawn of the radical left

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

We wing it alone since our allies cant trust US now

JudyG46
JudyG46
2 years ago

Sinister, deceptive, insidious, evil. That’s how ‘they’ work. They want to create their own little ‘country’ with only those people who agree with them and those whom they can bamboozle into believing everything they say and do. The rest of us are unnecessary in their ‘new world’.

Al Myles
Al Myles
2 years ago

This SOB needs to be led out of the White House in handcuffs and either sent to Guantanamo Bay for life or put in front of a firing squad. As a Navy Veteran, I am appalled by what is happening to this Great Nation.

Rik
Rik
2 years ago

I say Death to the entire Jackass Joe Administration for their Traitorous Acts against America!!!

NAMVET72
NAMVET72
2 years ago

IT DOESN’T PAY FOR HIM TO SAY ANYTHING TO ANYBODY AS IT WOULD BE ALL LIES ANYHOW

Billy1st
Billy1st
2 years ago

It’s not Biden, He’s doesn’t even know what Planet he’s on! You need to dig and find out who is really calling the shots! Biden can barley read let alone find where he is heading! Anything else is play to the narrative! Biden is nothing but a carrier! Until we dig out who is really calling the shots, this will continue until there is no US left!

David Spade
David Spade
2 years ago

O’Biden has neither the physical nor mental ability to respond or keep in contact with our allies. The State Department and Department of Defense should be in the room with O’Biden in every moment going forward. All of the people behind the curtain should reveal themselves immediately so our country is not humiliated again! This President should resign or be removed due to his failing mental state. There are so many issues leading to more chaos because our country is facing more political, military and economic risks with a mentally deficient individual at the helm.

Rhonda M Holub
Rhonda M Holub
2 years ago

The whole cabinet is pensive under the lights! They are probably under court gag order pending litigations. These people are reprehensible, considering all their mouth speak about equity, equality and all that feel good blather! Add deaths at the border to deaths in Afghanistan, with friends like this administration, who needs enemies?

R.J. from Arizona
R.J. from Arizona
2 years ago

This administration is such a joke and so disgusting it’s difficult to fathom. Milley needs to go. The only thing missing is Looney Tunes music being played.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

The lack of experience in the military by POTUS is revealed by both Biden & Trump in that they do not really understand how important NATO & our Allies are to world peace. All of the Viet Nam, Korea, and WWII vets will understand what I am saying here.

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
2 years ago

This was not an act of incompetence or stupidity. It was done with intent. The purpose of the Biden presidency was to finish the destruction of America tht Obama started, and Hillary was to complete. Trump’s election messed up their timing so now they have to play catchup to make America socialist and get us into the globalist one-world government. A good way to destroy America would be to make other countries (our allies) disrespect and dislike us. We can no longer be trusted or valued as an ally. Biden’s goal is to destroy our military, education system, economy, military, and religious system. So far, they are succeeding.

Jeanne
Jeanne
2 years ago

Where is the cry for impeachment when there is obvious and real reason for it.

Jorge L Rios
Jorge L Rios
2 years ago

Everyone keeps making all these great and wonderful comentaries that we all agree with, but meanwhile they continue to burry the contry in debt and pass new bills and laws to take our liberty away….. When are we going to have a REAL NEW LEADER emerge and start leading the contry to put a stop to all this and give us guidance and concrete action plans to put the brakes on the madness??????????

Michael
Michael
2 years ago

The reason the number is as high as 40 percent is that the ability to think and analyze information has been bred out of many Americans by the leftist propaganda in public schools. Now they sit absorbing the Democrap bilge that is vomited daily by the alphabet networks and Facebook* friends that happily share their vacuous ideas. Unfortunately, these zombies are allowed to vote.

*used to represent all social media

Mandy
Mandy
2 years ago

I bet Biden is speaking with China. After all, they gave him $17 million and that wasn’t for nothing.

Mary
Mary
2 years ago

Don’t underestimate what is in the brain of evil, they KNOW exactly what they are doing..ONE WORLD ORDER!

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Yes, Joey is definitely speaking to China. They are good buddies. Joey and Hunter are China’s boobs. China is calling the shots. NO DOUBT!!! That “garbage” Pelosi is in agreement.

Mariaisabel Verrier
Mariaisabel Verrier
2 years ago

Never was a good senator now even worst as president America first God bless America amen

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Biden/Harris and their administration cannot do anything right. GOD save America.

Benjamin Cirucci
Benjamin Cirucci
2 years ago

This is a sad time for Americans thanks to President Biden. He can full control of Afghanistan and the capital but Biden did it his way. Removing our troops before the civilians???? plus leaving all of our equipment….weapons to them??? I can’t see not one thing to be a good move. From being in charge we now have to beg them to let our people come home???

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