China takes Biden for a fool, because he acts like one. Biden’s capacity for self-delusion seems to be exceeded only by the capacity of those around him, who race to disgrace him faster than he disgraces himself. The plot is thick, time short.
You think I jest, but think on it. Garland tolerates felony greed, clear violations of federal law, no action. Blinken flees Afghanistan, indulges Iran, cannot figure the Middle East out. The latest is Biden’s agreement with China to hammer US fossil fuels, kill our energy sector, on promises China will help on “climate.” Right.
First, even if climate hysteria were sound policy, which it is not – why not try sequestration, reforestation, reclamation, and dozens of counter-cyclical options? – Biden is in a netherworld. To trust China is to trust the devil with your destiny.
So last week, Biden agreed that he would embrace a form of central planning, “group think” on the environment, a communist approach if there was one, and work to accelerate ending US dependence on fossil fuels
, which presently power 81 percent of our power grid, 87 percent of China’s.
China cannot believe their luck, a “Manchurian Candidate” they did not have to program, just appear to have bought, watched go senile, now guide to their will.
During and after the China-Biden summit, Biden parroted China’s happy talk, a promise to stop fentanyl flooding the US, to return Biden’s phone calls, and to help end global dependence on fossil fuels. Um … how do you feel about all that?
Watch for that big drop in Chinese fentanyl and Mexican-made fentanyl – made from China’s precursors – ahead. Never happen.
China is fentanyl central, kills 100,000 Americans annually. Promise to stop is empty, in Biden-speak “malarky.”
As for President Xi promising to speak with Biden and Defense, after ignoring them for weeks following China’s spy balloons, save the ink. No win there.
Then comes this magical energy deal, a kind of self-imposed moratorium, allowing China to move ahead again, putting off metrics, claiming third-world status, and then hammering the US and our allies. Will we never learn?
What stuns a longtime observer of Biden, China, Congress, free markets, and the American energy sector is that anyone believes anything China has to say, that anyone around Biden thinks China – or Iran, Russia, or North Korea – would keep any of these promises, and that any US president would punish America for China.
Net-net, this is an odd time to be observing foreign policy in America, a stranger time to be observing it through the lens of border, national, and energy security.
If Biden has disappointed Americans at home, on crime, spending, inflation, regulation, border security, constitutional rights, morality and election integrity, he has proven the ultimate fool in dealing with China.
China thinks they can roll this president. And maybe they can. They think he is theirs. His capacity for self-delusion is growing, exceeded only by the capacity of those around him. China lies, and Biden accepts it. As the plot thickens, we need a president who distrusts China, is circumspect, and defends America. Time is short.
Robert Charles is a former Assistant Secretary of State under Colin Powell, former Reagan and Bush 41 White House staffer, attorney, and naval intelligence officer (USNR). He wrote “Narcotics and Terrorism” (2003), “Eagles and Evergreens” (2018), and is National Spokesman for AMAC.