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Joe Biden Is Scared of His Own Shadow

Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2024
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This week, the Islamic Republic of Iran — a radical Shariah theocracy hell-bent on the destruction of Israel and Saudi Arabia, among others — fired some 300 drones and missiles at the State of Israel. This is, definitionally, an act of war. Iran claimed that it had attacked Israel in response to Israel’s killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps terror master Gen. Mohammad Reza Zahedi in Syria. In reality, this was merely the latest escalation by Iran, after decades of using its proxies in the Middle East to attack Americans, Israelis, and Western allies.

Why, though, did Iran think it could get away with such a launch without serious repercussions — particularly since America directly intervened, along with the U.K., France, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia in taking down Iranian ordnance?

The answer is simple: Iran has successfully deterred the United States.

Deterrence, according to the Defense Department, is “the prevention of action by the existence of a credible threat of unacceptable counteraction and/or belief that the cost of action outweighs the perceived benefits.” Clearly, the United States has not deterred Iran. Far from it: according to a report from the Jerusalem Post, Iran notified the United States in advance of its barrage against Israel, hoping to attain some sort of assurance that the United States would not retaliate and would pressure Israel to not retaliate, either. According to a Turkish go-between, “Iran informed us in advance of what would happen. Possible developments also came up during the meeting with (Secretary of State Antony) Blinken, and they (the U.S.) conveyed to Iran through us that this reaction must be within certain limits.”

This is perfectly repulsive. In short, Iran wanted to engage in a show of strength; they then notified America that they would be attacking an American ally directly in the largest Middle Eastern cross-border attack by a sovereign country on another sovereign country since the Gulf War. And Biden said, “Sure, OK, so long as you don’t go too far.”

Biden then performed his part: he pressured Israel to “take the win” and not retaliate. After all, Biden said, it wouldn’t look good to “escalate” in the region.

Now, the reality is that the best way to de-escalate in foreign policy is often to engage in actual deterrence. That’s why President Donald Trump’s approach, mocked by the pseudo-intellectual class, was effective: yes, it was bizarre to watch the sitting president of the United States threaten other world leaders with his “nuclear button,” which Trump assured those leaders was “much bigger and more powerful.” Also, would you want to provoke a man who tweeted such things if you were Kim Jong Un or the ayatollahs?

But Joe Biden doesn’t understand deterrence. In fact, he is deterred: Iran has successfully launched a war against Israel, and the United States is not only backing down but also pushing Israel to do the same.

So, why is Biden backing down?

Two reasons. First, Biden believes that his reelection effort requires the Middle East to calm. Second, Biden believes that his reelection effort requires the support for pro-Hamas radicals in Michigan. Biden is wrong on both counts, of course: It turns out that appeasement heightens the possibility of conflict in the Middle East, and Biden’s attempts to feed the pro-Hamas alligator one bite at a time will eventually end with his candidacy on the plate.

Whatever the rationale, however, the image of the United States under Joe Biden is one of unending cowardice. The Taliban called Biden’s bluff; Russia has called Biden’s bluff; Iran has called Biden’s bluff; how long will it be until China does? Deterrence requires, above all else, willpower. And that is in short supply from a White House that sees strength as a weakness.

Ben Shapiro, 39, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and co-founder of Daily Wire+. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website.

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Max
Max
1 month ago

Just more continued highlights of a fumbling administration which is just following the orders of another higher organization that is controlling world events.

Harry
Harry
1 month ago

A Coward as leader of the free world! What a Joke we are to the world!

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 month ago

Remember when Dictator Beijing biden was always hiding in his basement during the 2020 Presidential Election and stated clearly on Communist News Network (cnn) and claimed that they just committed the Biggest Election Fraud in U.S. History? It’s ALL documented folks. He couldn’t even get more than a dozen people at his campaign rallies and most of them were the FAKE news people including he had to PAY people that were bystanders to act like his supporters. FACT.
He’s so scared of his own shadow that he only comes out when he takes a vacation which is over 40% of the time he’s been in office Illegally and Unconstitutionally from Election Fraud.
Watch how fast he always runs from REAL questions. It’s the only time he moves that fast except to SELL OUT the United States and the American Legal Citizens from his continuous acts of Corruption, Fraud, Election Interference, Espionage, and Treason including his Illegal Alien Terrorist Invasion.
If he ever told the TRUTH his own shadow would be scared too.

Clock is ticking
Clock is ticking
1 month ago

Biden is not scared of his shadow because he’s totally clueless of where it is.

Brenda G
Brenda G
1 month ago

Biden is a useless tool.

Dominick
Dominick
1 month ago

His support of Hamas is treasonous. “The image of the United States under Joe Biden is one of unending cowardice. The Taliban called Biden’s bluff; Russia has called Biden’s bluff; Iran has called Biden’s bluff; how long will it be until China does? Deterrence requires, above all else, willpower.”

Will
Will
1 month ago

Biden is owned by China, Obama, and the Clintons.
He has NO self-awareness or self-control.

Bacon Nivison
Bacon Nivison
1 month ago

I’m afraid the election won’t get here soon enough! The demonic rats are smiling while the figurehead angel from Hell willingly allows America’s destruction. How did we become the United States of Cowards? Oh well, at least we’re sending billions to fight a war we have no practical interest in (Ukraine), while we ignore the desperate need of our greatest ally (Israel).

Armed patriot
Armed patriot
1 month ago

JOE FOR HOSPICE 2024!

invictus
invictus
1 month ago

Fact is that more and more Americans are cutting ties from this despicable slob since he’s being exposed as doing Americans dirty and skrewing over every living US citizen. The drooling kkk fan brings nothing but struggle, sickness,and hate—but KARMA is REAL.

Kdesq
Kdesq
1 month ago

Biden is just an evil turd in the punchbowl and ALWAYS has been. Every single time I see his ugly mug I get the urge to punch him on the mouth. Obviously that chance will never present itself, but that’s the frustration of having this coup POTUS in there.

uncleferd
uncleferd
1 month ago

Anyone who has checked on “President Biden” any time during the past 4 decades (the length of time I have been familiar with him) has seen that he is a dishonest, dishonorable man with a fragile ego.
What this article indicated of his insincere communications with our allies is in no way surprising. He has rich, recorded history of needlessly lying about his accomplishments in tap rooms and on podiums.
Other than his constant, “used car sales” deceptions that he’s made us so accustomed to, the most damning personal indictment of this inadequate leader is how badly he ruined his own son, who visibly bears the scars of an upbringing by an unrestrained narcissist.
Anyone who voted for this “president” arguably needs training in how to recognize a profound behavior disorder when they see one.

Melinda
Melinda
1 month ago

Too true, Ben. It’s shameful that a president would endanger the whole country just as an election strategy.

VikkiC
VikkiC
1 month ago

He kinda reminds me of a scarecrow…

Dave
Dave
1 month ago

O’biden should be afraid of his image in a mirror if he can see it his ignorance scares the rest of us. And I didn’t we give them enough money to buy most of these missiles and a whole lot more too. I wonder if they got any of the equipment and ordinance we left in Afghanistan? We learned from the Obama Administration that American president could learn to assume the position of bowing down and being subservient and Badness just continuing along those lines oh I’m scared of you let me bow down and kiss your feet oh wait a minute that’s your butt. America should be afraid until we get a new Administration in that actually believes in standing up for America

George
George
1 month ago

Joe Biden is a lying, senile old fool who is a total disgrace to the office!

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 month ago

Since Biden is just an empty suit and does not count it matters not what he does or does not do He is led by the Grand puppet master in charge of all the affairs

Max
Max
1 month ago

Approval monster strikes again!!!

Ken Paul
Ken Paul
1 month ago

Such a no- brainer for this Marine. Sink Iran’s navy (the chicken of the sea), and have Spec Ops kidnap mullah relatives not to be returned until ALL 7 Oct American hostages are returned and/or accounted for. Fight fire with a bigger fire, that’s all they respect.

Fed Up
Fed Up
1 month ago

What is left to be said about such a communist Chinese sympathizing president that has not been said and unpunished? Did by chance Biden fight in Korea for the other side or are his communist tendencies just since his kid started doing business with them?

Will
Will
1 month ago

52 years of lying fool Biden, while we’re still waiting for the uniparty to get honest and the sleeping sheep to awaken.

Splish_Splash
Splish_Splash
1 month ago

I’m surprised he even knows he has a shadow – considering his level of dementia!

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
1 month ago

Everyone outside this country knows that Biden is weak and he would give this country to the highest bidder overseas and that goes for all of the Dems in Washington they are right in back of Biden. But what they do not know if this country gets taken over there lives will be worth nothing Other countries hate weak people.

Jeri
Jeri
1 month ago

I so wonder what leaders who meet with FJB think as he reads from note cards and lectures them…

Commentary
Commentary
1 month ago

Gross, Disgusting, Idiotic. Incompetent. Nasty, Self-important. Not-too-bright. A sycophant to those he deems have power (Obama, the Ayatollahs, Muslim America, China, etc) and a bully to those who he believes are not necessary for his personal success ( Israel, Jews en masse, Trump, MAGA Americans, etc. Totally contemptible.

Norma
Norma
27 days ago

A vote for biden is a vote for insanity!

Robin W Boyd
Robin W Boyd
1 month ago

As long as the U.S. remains weak, potentially aggressive nations and terrorists worldwide will be attacking others.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Will the blundering ever stop? Everyday it’s something new in the news that this administration mishandled. Obviously the USA looks like fools and cowards around the globe. Biden brought all this mess on himself. I’m so sick of reading this nonsense .

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
1 month ago

If Joe sees his shadow, he’d think it means 6 more weeks of winter…

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

Where is Hillery and John Kerry. ??? Them two are buddy buddy’s with Iran. Surely they could control it. Maby sweeten the pot with mor3buraminum. As for me personaly, I think the U S should bomb Iran off the map. Kyle L.

Louis
Louis
1 month ago

John Shipman, you seem to think every politician on the right is an idiot or moron. Perhaps you should show the world how brilliant you are and run for President (as a democrat of course as democrats are yet only ones who would be stupid enough to vote for you).

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