At the United Nations, it’s politics as usual for Biden

[This piece has been published in Restoring America to highlight how President Joe Biden’s handling of foreign affairs has degraded American strength and dominance abroad.]

At this time of year, world leaders flock to Turtle Bay, New York, like carrier pigeons to the United Nations for the annual General Assembly Gag Fest. Leaders big and small get a chance to reach out to the world. President Joe Biden will be one of them. His theme will reportedly be “democracies vs. autocracies.” Prepare to be underwhelmed.

First, remember that the best strategic leadership consists of words and actions. Take Winston Churchill’s famous declaration: “We will fight them on the beaches.” That speech would have been forgotten long ago if the Prime Minister had not actually made a strong commitment to fighting and winning the Battle of Britain.

In fact, friends, allies, and enemies pay more attention to what our leaders “do” than what they “say.” Biden starts with a small credibility deficit. The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a disaster. An open border makes the world scratch its head. Biden seemed nervous about the Taiwan crisis. He failed to prevent Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and despite massive American aid, Biden seems to have no real plan for the future.

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However, this is not the worst thing about Biden’s foreign policy. Beyond his team’s sheer incompetence and incompetence lurks a deeper flaw — a serious propensity to prioritize politics over good politics.

It used to be said that politics ended at the water. The Biden administration has turned this principle of statecraft on its head. Indeed, during the Cold War there were serious efforts to shape bipartisan foreign policy with a coalition of left-right political leaders. In the 1990s, however, the character of American political leadership began to change significantly. Political diversity in both parties has dwindled to the point that it has become increasingly difficult to forge foreign policy consensus with leaders on either side of the aisle.

Biden has taken this divide to the extreme. Rather than politics ending at the water, our President sees foreign policy primarily as an extension of his domestic agenda. Just look at the top priorities of the White House. They are not China, Russia, Iran or North Korea. They are climate change and an awakened cultural agenda that mimics left-wing radical social policies being advanced here at home.

Climate change is a case in point. Biden’s climate policy is not an economic plan. They are not an energy or environmental plan. They are certainly not a national security plan. They are a political agenda to advance America’s radical transformation and secure progressive control of the country. Global climate policy exists only to bolster its domestic political agenda.

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All of this should raise all sorts of red flags for Biden’s UN speeches in which he plans to take on the bad guys of the world. Domestically, Biden has only used the issue of threats to democracy to take action against his political opponents. A threat to democracy is anyone who disagrees with Biden policy. Critics of the Biden agenda are axiomatically described as racists, fascists, white supremacists and radicals. You hate women. They hate men who want to call themselves women. They are outraged by crimes such as men competing in women’s sports, radical thugs rampaging in American cities, and indifference to the lives of the unborn. All of these forms of “violence” are anti-Biden and therefore anti-democracy.

We should all have expectations that Biden will reflect this dichotomy of good and evil in his approach to foreign policy.

There is already ample evidence that the President’s administration has less than zero credibility when it comes to distinguishing between good and evil abroad. His approach to evil actors is actually to engage them and occasionally finger-waggle and swear a bit. He is still desperate for an Iran deal, despite ample evidence that this regime is as evil as it looks, even attempting to hire hunter-killer squads to hunt down former US officials. He is soft on China. Before the outbreak of war in Ukraine, he looked like a brake pad to Putin. He has coddled every leftist anti-American regime in Latin America.

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In addition, his leadership record to date is anything but bleak. His summit of democracies was a lot. His Summit of the Americas was an embarrassment. These should be his outstanding achievements of democratic leadership.

Biden will address the UN. His cronies will praise him. His allies will be polite. Its enemies will mock it. In a short time we will all forget it and be confronted with the reality that we have a White House that has a deficit in both defending democracy and fighting authoritarianism.

This article originally appeared in Daily signal and is reprinted with permission from the Heritage Foundation.

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