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Biden’s Anti-Trump Obsession is Wrecking South America

Posted on Friday, October 27, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Walter Samuel

President Biden with Sergio Massa of the ruling Peronist coalition
President Biden with Sergio Massa.

With inflation at well over 100 percent and the country facing impending default, the expectation was that libertarian economist Javier Milei, an outspoken supporter of Israel and opponent of Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, would win Argentina’s elections this past Sunday. He had unexpectedly come first in the all-candidate primary elections and led most polls. His leading opponent, Sergio Massa of the ruling Peronist coalition, was also the Minister of National Economy who oversaw the current economic collapse.

Yet when the dust settled, Massa led the first round comfortably, 36 percent to 30 percent, and seems favored for the runoff.

What happened? In short, Massa pulled out all the stops. In Peronist tradition, that meant mobilizing the full force of the state to print money for friendly politicians while starving opposition-controlled localities of funding. Last December, incumbent Peronist President Alberto Fernandez defied an order by the Supreme Court to restore funding to the opposition-controlled government of Buenos Aires that the central government had seized during the COVID-19 emergency.

Massa, however, also received help from outside Argentina. Some of it was to be expected. Milei is close to former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and the election rapidly took on the contours of a proxy battle between Bolsonaro and his successor, leftist Lula da Silva. Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of Jair Bolsonaro, campaigned for Milei and was even present at his headquarters on election night. By contrast, Lula sent more than 20 members of his campaign team to assist Massa, along with a full-court effort to secure enough financial assistance to get Argentina through the election.

Xi Jinping also came to the rescue of what is increasingly one of Beijing’s client regimes in Latin America. China has provided Buenos Aires with a credit line of more than $18 billion this year, with an additional $6.5 billion supplied in the weeks before Election Day. This infusion helped create an illusion of stability that might be lost if the “radical” Milei won.

If it is clear why leftist Brazil and Communist China might intervene on behalf of the Peronists, the arrival of assistance from Washington was less expected and almost impossible to justify from the perspective of American national interests.

When Brazil’s Lula Da Silva proclaimed that Argentina’s democracy was in danger last month, he did so with Joe Biden standing behind him in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Biden’s words, that “the two largest democracies in the Western hemisphere were united in standing up for human rights” came close to an endorsement of Lula’s warnings that “many have given in to the temptation of replacing a failed neoliberalism with a primitive, conservative and authoritarian nationalism.” 

If Lula had Jair Bolsonaro in mind, Joe Biden seems to associate Milei with his predecessor, Donald Trump, whom Milei has praised in the past. Biden, who all but openly intervened in Brazil’s 2022 elections to ensure Bolsonaro’s defeat, held back from such direct means this time, if only because he had Lula to do his dirty work. No doubt was left as to the Biden administration’s preferences.

During a visit to Washington, Massa was introduced to Dan Restrepo, a long-time adviser to Barack Obama, who was Obama’s Latin America Director on the National Security Council from 2009 to 2012 and a campaign surrogate in 2008 and 2012. Restrepo, along with former Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs, appears to then have worked with Massa’s campaign.

While no one involved in helping Massa is directly employed under Joe Biden, the presence of so many senior Obama campaign figures in the orbit of a foreign candidate was likely an indiciation of the approval of Joe Biden’s team. It is just particularly unusual that the foreign candidate they are aiding is the same one being backed by Xi Jinping.

The Biden administration’s backing of Massa and the Argentine Peronists makes more sense in the context of a Latin American policy that is not right or left, but rather populist/anti-populist, or, as Biden himself likely sees it, pro- or anti-Trump.

While Jair Bolsonaro’s right-wing politics were unlikely to have sat well with the Biden team, it was Bolsonaro’s close relationship with Donald Trump that seems to have led the Biden administration to pursue his ouster as a matter of self-interest. In turn, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is a leftist who has overseen the legalization of abortion on a national level. Obrador, however, had a good working relationship with Donald Trump, has criticized Biden’s border policies, and, unforgivably to the White House, delayed recognition of Joe Biden’s 2020 election in deference to Trump, reportedly because of his own experience in Mexico in which his first presidential campaign ended in a disputed count. Biden pushed off speaking with Obrador for months afterward, and has shown open partiality to the opposition. It is clear Biden would love to do to Obrador in Mexico what he did to Bolsonaro in Brazil if the opportunity arises.

While it might mark a form of pragmatism in the short-term to prioritize wider criteria than a foreign leader’s position on the political spectrum, the national interests of the United States do not seem to be the basis for Biden’s preferences in doing so.

Bolsonaro was not only outspokenly pro-American and anti-CCP, but also a supporter of Israel who wished to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem.

By contrast, Lula has called for a cease-fire in Ukraine, signed a cooperation agreement with Beijing, supported the replacement of the U.S. dollar, and opened Brazil to Chinese telecom infiltration through Huawei. Even by the Biden administration’s own standards, Lula is far less supportive of their  priorities – support for Ukraine, containing Chinese tech, isolating Hamas – than Bolsonaro would have been.

Yet rather than learning from the experience, the Biden team has doubled down in Argentina. In order to fight the phantom specter of an Argentine “Trump,” they are backing a man who will be dependent on the Chinese largesse that won him the election. They are supporting a Peronist political machine that has shown a willingness to make foreign policy decisions on the basis of who can provide bribes to keep them in power, from covering up Iranian terrorism in exchange for a favorable oil deal to backing China geopolitically for loans.

Even by the Biden view of “defending democracy”, backing Peronism is a bet on the wrong horse. The very presence of a hostile Brazil on his border and the lack of a legislative majority would weaken Milei’s options to make himself a dictator. By contrast, the Peronist machine is driven by self-preservation, not any moral commitment to democracy, and if Chinese financial support becomes insufficient to bribe the voters to support failing policies, Peronism would happily repurpose those funds to suppress the electorate by force.

Argentina’s fate is far from decided. There will be a runoff on November 19th. When combined with the 24 percent who voted for Patricia Bullrich, the candidate of the traditional center-right opposition, Milei would have a comfortable majority.

However, it is unclear whether he will receive that support, or whether it will be a free choice for Argentine voters. When a country is dependent on the largesse of others, you have to be aware of the preferences of your creditors. Argentine voters know they are indebted to China. When Washington and Beijing speak with the same voice, the risk voters might consider is not that of Milei’s policies, but upsetting Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.

If Joe Biden honestly cares about democracy, he should make clear that the United States will back the Argentine people’s choice, not Beijing’s. If he cared about America’s interests, he would not support a party in thrall to our enemies.

Unfortunately for those who truly care about democracy, there is no reason to believe he will change course in the next four weeks. The Argentine people, who will lose their own chance to change course, will be the first, but far from the only, victims.

Walter Samuel is the pseudonym of a prolific international affairs writer and academic. He has worked in Washington as well as in London and Asia, and holds a Doctorate in International History.

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PaulE
PaulE
8 months ago

If you look at the various countries in South America that have either flipped from capitalist / individual rights and freedoms centric governments to socialist or communist regimes in the last 3 years of Biden being in power, you’ll find the leftist forces in each case have ALL utilized the exact same strategy and tactics to take power. Whether it is though targeted use of economic or judicial abuse of power (lawfare to eliminate the opposition via bankrupting or imprisoning them to get them out of the way) or simple manipulation of the voting process, they ALL ended up gaining control of all but one or two countries in South America to date.

If you do a comparison of methodologies used between how all these leftists in South America operate and the Democrat Party here in the United States functions, you’ll find they share almost all of the same strategies and tactics. The author is incredible naive if he thinks the Biden administration will do anything to ensure the integrity of the elections in Argentina. Why would they? The Biden administration sat by as Brazil went socialist with the Lula. The Biden administration sat by as Columbia flipped to socialism under its watch. There is a long list of South American countries that have gone socialist or communist under this regime. That would be like expecting President Xi of China to stand up Putin of Russia and demand far and honest elections, when the elections in China have been a foregone conclusion since the communists seized power there in 1949. Some of these authors who write these articles have to get out more and see how the world exists today under the worst U.S. President in our nation’s history.

Jeri
Jeri
8 months ago

Tyrants such as Joeblow and those in SA and around the world are feckless dolts. Go back to grade school and high school and you will recognize who they are. They were desperate for attention. They were desperate to be popular. They were so desperate they would say and do anything. Because these methods did not work, they grew to hate, others but especially self. They became angry at others but especially at self. They learned that the more they deepened the hate and anger the more attention they got. This cycle of hate and anger grows more intense with each passing day. Over time people feeling the same join them…so…here we are…somehow they have come to power. They feed on each other, hate and anger. There is zero hope for them being deprogrammed. In a sense they are not really human, but more empty vessels fueled by hate and anger.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
8 months ago

Joe Biden is a demented, bitter ingrate who is mad at the world that President Trump had a very successful term in office, while Traitor Joe is a dismal failure. Biden not only is weak and corrupt, he is also so consumed by jealousy that he is waging open war against the policies and the man that can actually save the US and much of the rest of the world from military and economic ruin. What is it going to take for the leadership of the Democrat Party to admit that President Trump is not only good for the US but also the voice of sanity and reason for a more peaceful and dignified world order?

JERRY D.
JERRY D.
8 months ago

biden is nothing but a mental midget, being controlled by borack nobummer, the worst lying muslim president in U.S. history…

Morbious
Morbious
8 months ago

Unfortunately, humans are mostly bipedal robots who will eagerly sell their birthright for a free meal. The idea of not having to work but still being able to eat and sleep under a roof in exchange for personal liberty is a fine deal to them. No doubt the peronists scared voters into thinking they might have to get out of bed early and work if they lost. Works every time.

Charlotte Mahin
Charlotte Mahin
8 months ago

So not only are Biden and his comrades wrecking our country, they are wrecking many. The only countries they are not wrecking are our enemies like China and Russia. Since the Biden Family has taken millions of dollars from them, they leave those nations alone or assist them which is worse. If we have this corrupt gang in DC another 4 years, our beloved USA will be gone. It is heart-breaking.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
8 months ago

Things are tough all over. So tough, Joe had to accept a $200,000 “loan” from his brother. Nothing shady there, right? It’s not like Hunter got another Porsche “gifted” to him! NowTHAT would be suspicious.

J. FARLEY
J. FARLEY
8 months ago

Wrecking South America Hell, he not doing much for Our America either!!!!!!!
I was holding Public Office when Little Jimmy Carter was President and didn’t think it could get any worse, and low and behold the Americans in their great wisdom elected old Berry (Obama) and then thing really went to hell for the next 8-years, and then America wised up and elected Donald Trump over Buck Tooth Hilary, and then along with the fake news media, and a corrupt election system we got old and brain dead Joe, and we are in the worse shape in America’s history.
Biden is nothing but a Puppet President for Obama, and how is that working out for you?
God Bless America and fight for free and fair Election!

Garyk
Garyk
8 months ago

joebama and the marxist democrat party are anti American, abject failures and traitors!
THROW THEM OUT

harry
harry
8 months ago

Ultimate goal, one world government. Time to get on our knees, to GOD, and repent. Or we will be on our knees to whoever is the that owo ruler.

Martra Alvarez
Martra Alvarez
8 months ago

Yup, between Obama and Biden, they recked Sout America. I am from Colombia, travel there frequently, and I can attest to the dliberate damage that has been done to our Democracy. In fact, we don’t have a Democracy now thanks to Biden erasing the most violent narco terrorist group fro the terrorist list. On what account? Since Obama gave them US $400M from our pockets in 2016, which by the way dissapeared in a week, the cocaine trade has increased enormously, as well as the kidnappings both of our citizens and foreigners. Yes, thank you Biden and Obama.

anna hubert
anna hubert
8 months ago

Biden is where he is because of what he is He knows that. Acting like a jolly good uncle will not change the fact that he is a cold hearted opportunist A phony He will not endorse or support anyone who might put the good of the country before personal gain Birds of the feather must stick together Same instability that plagues S America is his goal here China is waiting for the opportunity to help us all Only thing I can’t figure our is how Moslem will fit into this brotherhood of misery Might be a wee problem

Paul W
Paul W
8 months ago

The rigging of elections here and around the world is now commonplace. Venezuelan elections have been rigged for years. The globalist left has it down pat and has seen that there is no pushback that has resulted in any meaningful fix or punitive action. Criminals that are never held accountable don’t “see the light” and become virtuous pillars of society…they keep committing crimes. Period.

Thinking
Thinking
8 months ago

Ole Joe supports anything that is the opposite of Trump plus he is beholden to China CCP after all he got 30 million dollar. Plus he is following O’s orders. Enough said?

PapaYEC
PapaYEC
8 months ago

Nah, the “Biden” regime is flying or giving easy entry all South American criminals and deadbeats to the US and paying them to stay. And thousands of terrorists from all over the world as well.

James
James
8 months ago

Every day that goes by this president of the American communist party continues to due irrefutable damage to the USA. How long will this treasonous, money laundering, unscrupulous person be allowed to ruin our country.

Louis
Louis
8 months ago

You idiot.

David Millikan
David Millikan
8 months ago

Dictator Beijing biden’s Anti-Trump obsession is not only wrecking South America but the United States and the rest of the world.

invictus
invictus
8 months ago

Biden’s obsession with Prez Trump is actually Biden’s mega-jealousy against a REAL man and leader.

Commentary
Commentary
8 months ago

Even more proof that everything Obama did when in the WH and probably beyond is anti-american and horrific.

Pat
Pat
8 months ago

it goes much deeper than that! I Biden is just a puppet of Soros/Obama and the WEF globalists. They only use voting machines in South America and China manipulates all the machines online just like they did here in 2020 !
CCP stole the election from Bolsonaro in Brazil and they stole this election too. China is taking over South America and the southern hemisphere.
This is all for global control for the WEF globalists/Soros who said they want China number one.

Jackie
Jackie
8 months ago

Biden, Obama, Soros and environmentalists are wrecking the world!!! In their attempts to gain control – their new world order that none of us will like!!! Instead of trying to learn from Trump about what made him as successful as he was, they are standing firm that their proven disaster policies while watching America fail!!!

harry
harry
8 months ago

Good informational article. Thanks.

mikem
mikem
8 months ago

what else could you expect from a man who can’t find his way off of a 12 by 20 stage.

Arnold DeAnda
Arnold DeAnda
8 months ago

It isn’t Bidem, he is follownig orders.

Myrna
Myrna
8 months ago

Joe Biden does not care about much. Election integrity is probably at the bottom of his list. Elections have consequences and 2020 was capitulation.

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