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Biden’s Duplicity Alienates the World

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Two weeks ago, Joe Biden rose to address the United Nations. The speech was the keynote for a Biden foreign policy that is now clearly one not only of spite, but of deceit—two trends that are resulting in more dangerous consequences every day.

It was all there in the U.N. speech. As with most Biden speeches, the text does not due proper justice to the pauses, misstatements and bypassed words that are now expected any time the President takes the podium. But in this case, while the transcript might make what Biden said clearer, the meaning is no more discernable when read than it was to his audience in the moment. For instance, what does Biden mean by “relentless diplomacy?” What does his vision for the world look like? Who is the United States to “cooperate” with, and how? Given the last two months, both America’s friends and foes can be forgiven for having no idea.

If there is one place where Joe Biden has fallen the most short throughout the early months of his presidency (and the competition for that honor is tough), it is on foreign policy. One of the most persistent accusations that Joe Biden, or at least those who ran his campaign, and the Democratic Party levied at Donald Trump was that he had undermined America’s alliances and thereby made it harder for the U.S. to cooperate internationally. But after a disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, in which the Biden administration found itself in a briefing war afgainst multiple European countries and longtime American allies, including the United Kingdom (upon which administration officials threatened to seek revenge for its criticism), Biden seems to have now jeopardized another American alliance with another longtime friend to the U.S. – France.

The American mainstream media has been quick to respond to the recall of the French Ambassador to the U.S. with assertions that the Franco-American alliance is the oldest in American history, issuing snide remarks which remind everyone that anti-French sentiment is the second oldest popular hatred in America after resistance to the British crown. Those who argue that the French are overreacting to exclusion from the new “Anglo-American-Australian Alliance,” and France’s loss of their contract to supply submarines to Australia are not entirely wrong. The French behavior is dramatic, as may be expected with a presidential election approaching in France next April. But the debate over Biden’s treatment of France and France’s reaction has distracted from the wider question: what, precisely, is Biden trying to accomplish?

Ostensibly the answer is easy enough. Concerned about the rise of China, the United States is forming an alliance with the United Kingdom, historically a close ally, and Australia, whose exposure to Chinese pressure was demonstrated by the threats Canberra faced when it had the temerity to demand an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. But even if the purpose of the alliance makes sense, the actual structure and announcement of the agreement does not seem to fit into any wider geopolitical strategy. The very same week the alliance was announced, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited London, where she informed the British government that she would block any trade agreement with the United States if the U.K. took any unilateral action in Northern Ireland. As the U.K.’s only leverage with the European Union in its current post-Brexit conflicts is unilateral action, in effect Pelosi weighed in on a European affair on the side of Brussels. It is hard to imagine Pelosi did this without Biden’s support, and her remarks, not the new “alliance,” seems far more in line with an anti-British sentiment from the current White House that appears at odds with the submarine deal.

The plot thickened even further when Boris Johnson secured an invitation to visit the White House following Biden’s UN speech, normally a sign of favor. Yet the meeting itself was brief, and included another lecture from Biden on Northern Ireland. It was also followed by the White House publicly reprimanding Boris Johnson for daring to take questions from the British press.

So which is it? Is the United States a close ally of the U.K., dedicated to working with London to counter China, leaving behind an unreliable continental Europe? Or is the U.S. a guarantor of international law, siding with Brussels and other international bodies against a rogue populist government in London which is “destabilizing” American alliances? The French are reacting with anger not to the Australia-U.S.-U.K. alliance as a policy, but to the bizarre whiplash as the Biden administration seems to carry out multiple, mutually contradictory policies at the same time.

Countries will forgive many slights in geopolitics. It is an old saying that nations have no permanent friends, only permanent interests. But in order to operate within such a system, there has to be a minimal level of trust. Perhaps not trust that other countries will keep their commitments even against their own interests, but at the very least an expectation that if they do have to violate them, they will be forthcoming about what they are doing and what they perceive their interests to be.

Few European states could fairly begrudge the United States from withdrawing from Afghanistan. What outraged even the militantly anti-interventionist Germans and the normally quiet Merkel was the lack of consultation. European states had gone into Afghanistan at the request of the United States. The commitments they had made to Afghans who worked with them were obligations they undertook at the request of the United States. For the Biden administration to act as if that obligation was solely their problem, and by implication that if they did not want those Afghans to be in danger they should not have worked with them was not just heartless, it was duplicitous. In doing so Biden was punishing European states for having done what the United States under Bush, Obama, and Biden had asked.

Donald Trump supported Brexit. He also cared deeply about the peace process in Northern Ireland, and sent his chief of staff to make that clear to both sides. Holding a grudge against the current British government for being close to and attentive to the concerns of the previous administration is the height of hostility and petulance.

At least it would be consistent, however. Biden has combined a foreign policy of spite with a foreign policy of duplicity. How else to explain sending Nancy Pelosi to threaten Boris Johnson with a trade blockade the same day he announced a new alliance?

The French have had enough of this mercurial foreign policy disorder. They have recalled their Ambassador not only because of the surprise alliance announcement or even the submarine contract. They have withdrawn him because they also realized there is no point talking with an American administration that has no idea what it wants.

Biden’s speech at the UN will provide no answers to anyone looking for a coherent policy or answers to the apparent disconnect in his previous actions. Biden said the United States has turned the corner and will fight relentlessly for democracy around the world, but was careful to state that it was not in a “cold war with China.” Despite having called climate change an existential threat, he had no answers for how to deal with China’s rampant pollution. And while he pledged to defend allies, he stressed he felt military force was only a last resort.

At best he said nothing. At worst he said everything, each sentence negating the last and again amounting to nothing. That, for what it is worth, is what the last few weeks of U.S. diplomacy towards the United Kingdom and France added up to. The United States formed a new alliance with the U.K., a “plus one” for friendship. The U.S. threatened a trade blockade over Northern Ireland, a “minus one.” Boris Johnson received a White House meeting, another “plus one.” It was followed by direct insults from Jen Psaki, “minus one.” The net total? Zero. Which is what the French now rightly expect from Joe Biden and his team. A pity they are the only ones willing to call it out publicly. They are forgiven for their sense of drama.

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Brenda
Brenda
2 years ago

One disaster after another with the lying, thieving, and over all worthless person calling himself President. I thought Jimmy Carter was bad but at least he was honest. Donald Trump was not a good speaker. He’s arrogant, egotistical, and out spoken. I would take 10 Donald Trumps over this clown any day. One thing I can proudly say is President Trump put America first. And when he said he’d do something he followed through. I’m 63 years old and Donald Trump is the best President I’ve seen in my lifetime. He’s sorely missed.God help us all. It’s going to be a long 3 years and 4 months.

David Miller
David Miller
2 years ago

We must re-elect Trump , take the house and senate as the election schedule permits….

Barbara Myers
Barbara Myers
2 years ago

I have never heard so many complaints against one administration. The complaints are justified but what is the solution. Do we just watch the ship sink so to speak?

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
2 years ago

He’s done absolutely nothing to respect. How could ANYONE respect him?

Frederick L Nelson
Frederick L Nelson
2 years ago

If this is what the remaining time Joe has in office, God help us. I don’t believe he will last the 4 years however. Camila is ill-suited to lead us. with Nancy P. to follow. Wake up America!!! those who voted for a person that is Mentally dying and in the process of bankrupting the USA voted against a person that is not a politician. The person is one who speaks truth in a manner that is straight forward and believable, like it or not. The swamp must be drained. Item number one should we be lucky enough to have a conservative President, House and Senet, to tackle the problem. I’m terrified for my grand children. they are being left with a bankrupt country to fix.

John Cathcart
John Cathcart
2 years ago

I throughly enjoy your articles. So much they are the first ones I read each morning. Excellent writing with topics uppermost on our minds. Keep up the good work, I forward some to friends in hope they join also. Best. John Cathcart

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

The US is a ship at sea that has no rudder, just sorta floats this way and that. I would not blame the UK if they simply said to biden ‘have a nice day’ and walked away.
Our govt is an embarrassment not only to our citizens but the world.
Biden and pelosi are the poster children for dementia research.

Hal
Hal
2 years ago

Never mind the “World”, Biden’s duplicity, dishonesty, and lying have alienated pretty much the entire population of non-DemocRatrrtisan… and I suspect at least a small fraction of some DemocRat partisans. As for me, I was convinced based on all the info on Joe Hidin’ Biden that he was a crook and dishonest DemocRat partisan before he ever ran for POTUS.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

Now we wing at alone right

Robert Dauenhauer
Robert Dauenhauer
2 years ago

Anything Trump was doing is Wrong. The article spoke of spite Joe & Nancy have a spiteful foreign policy because the world knew all along Trump was right and his policies were taking hold and showing a lot of promise. Now they are trying to destroy or world relationships. Like they have done to our Healthcare,open borders, our school systems , our courts, the police and our border agents are attacked. Joe and Nancy are bitter old cumugines and are the worst people to have in power at this junction in our History. They quite frankly hate their own country.

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
2 years ago

The White is is vacant in one sense. It is full of “mail-in” ballots in the other sense.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 years ago

When all you Dem’s ,socialest and Libs who voted for Biden, are standing up against a wall with a Chinese gun barrel stuck in your mouth, try saying Biden 3 times. Kyle L.

LONE WOLF
LONE WOLF
2 years ago

By now every reasonable American should realize that The Biden Crime Family and most of the Democrats are working with George Soros and the Communist Chinese to destroy our country! If we don’t take action NOW against this corrupt, illegitimate and treasonous administration We will lose whatever is left of our beloved Country!

Todd Wagner
Todd Wagner
2 years ago

Impeach JOE BIDEN

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Hey, Joe Biden and his administration is absolutely loved by America’s enemies. The leaders of China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and even the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan think Joe Biden is the best thing since sliced bread. Every day is an opportunity for them to celebrate how easy Joe and his administration have made it for them to do pretty much anything they want without any fear of retaliation from the United States. They absolutely love the guy! Best investment they ever made.

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

Not joebamas duplicity it’s his STUPIDITY!
This guy and his party are a failed clown show.
There as ignorant as their supporters!

Raes
Raes
2 years ago

A woman is writing his speeches…they have a feminine touch…WONDER WHO THAT COULD BE?… Obama and his staff has come home to roost…who the heck cares what he thinks…I never voted for him…I knew that would end up messy…he’s still trying to push his socialism agenda…with Biden as his puppet…WAKE UP AMERICA!…LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIA…

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

And the Fake News just sits by with their nose in the air like nothing is happening

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Joe Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer, three corrupt schemers. Three awful people against their own country and the American tax payer. What’s next???

Sean Richman
Sean Richman
2 years ago

The six(plus many more)STOOGES.The nonobamba idiots and now a cult that is so out of touch with reality,it is downright scary.You do NOT trash your friends and embrace your enemies,that is unless you are the totally stupid cult that is destroying AMERICA.

Raes
Raes
2 years ago

Now I know why people live off the grid…why would anyone think…that it would be okay for the government to take your money and then tell you what to do?….and I’m not talking about following the law…do people…that get government assistant thinks it’s free…(and I’m not talking about someone that needs temporary assistant)…look how the people are treated in Cuba…I’m sure it started with a lot of freebies…but what has happened…the
corrupt government abuses their people…WAKE UP…WE ARE GETTING THERE…mask and vaccine mandates…open borders…with intent to legalize…no accountability for corrupt government…
When you think…it can’t get any worse…it’s appalling…and unAmerican…and our government is arrogantly daring the people to do anything about it…stand up for your rights…America has been asleep long enough…

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

The world stage is being set up and the pieces are being put into place for the return of the real King. It is as simple as that.

Art
Art
2 years ago

As our enemies and former allies say”SloJoe you are the gift that keeps on giving .” They all check the early news to see what he has done or not done.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Good job Joey. Now we will lose all our allies. Put your helmets on USA, China is coming!

Darwin
Darwin
2 years ago

Brenda, I agree with your statement about Donald Trump. He has been the best since President Truman and President Regan. How long will it take for our government and the powers that be to reinstate Trump and dethrone the current clown and his three ring circus?

Bill on the Hill
Bill on the Hill
2 years ago

With respect to the French ambassador being recalled back to France, ”  They have withdrawn him because they also realized there is no point talking with an American administration that has no idea what it wants.” Does this not sum up the entire Biden administration on the world stage? Yes, I listened to JRB’s United Nations speech, as difficult as it was to understand the vast majority of what was coming out of his mouth…The man is so out of it now, he can barely form a single coherent sentence on any subject matter…The installation of Joe Biden through a rigged election has lead to one catastrophe after another at this point…It is long overdue for his removal from office.
It is long overdue for the complete removal of the deep state structure that is turning America into a 3rd world nation at a rapid rate. We are in desperate need of real leadership within our government.
Bill on the Hill…

Constant de Calonne
Constant de Calonne
2 years ago

Biden continues to decompansate and PEE losi is out of control Perhaps she could benefit from some psych medicine ? does she think that she is flexing her muscles ie getting ready For the leadership.role when Biden and Harris fail? GOD HELP US ALL!

Ed Valiket
Ed Valiket
2 years ago

Biden is all in on the new world order, supporting China expansion, degrading the USA and enhancing the Biden crime family, that is his agenda

Elaine
Elaine
2 years ago

When does the Speaker of the House (Nancy Pelosi) travel to the UK to make foreign policy?
That is not her job! Her job is legislature, not foreign policy, authority of our different leaders is certainly getting blurred. No wonder our allies have no idea who is really in charge of our country; it is the same question that we, the USA Citizens and Voters, have been wondering..

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

Yes, I would like to know who is in charge of the Dem administration. Chaos all the time. Our once great country is run by fools. Just look at the border crisis and our cities. Just decay since Biden has been in office.

Donald
Donald
2 years ago

As joe and the rest of the demorats take us closer to not socialism, but communism he and his idiots make our country look like complete damned fools to the rest of the world. Russia, China, Iran and the rest of that horse dung in the world sit licking their chops knowing that if this ass is in office long enough they’ll take our country without ever firing a shot!

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

OK, everyone…say it with me. “At least there are no more mean tweets”. The country is sliding down the tubes, but those mean tweets are a thing of the past, by golly! (Ol’ Sam rolls eyes and shakes head)

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