So, the deranged pedophile that the Democrats installed into the White House was just in Japan, attending the G7 Summit. While there he decided to mumble and rant about “The Quad,” which is an alliance of America, Australia, India, and Japan aimed at keeping the four nations policies in sync to address threats in the Indo-Pacific and South China Sea regions – i.e., an Anti-China military-political-economic alliance.
I doubt many people in this audience or any other audience would’ve said that two years after being elected, I’d be able to convince India, Australia, Japan, and the United States to form an organization called ‘the Quad’ to maintain stability in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.
Yeah, that almost sounds good. Hell, it almost sounds like the deserved crowing of an actual world leader. But, of course, it’s a bald-faced lie as one must expect from something like Biden. The truth is that Quad predates Biden’s residency in the White House, and it’s re-establishment being one of President Trump’s many unsung and unlauded international achievements.
But, the Quad Co-opter is going to drone on (pun intended) about how he did this and should be given credit for it.
So, Biden, freshly back from his vacation in the Virgin Islands, gaffed it up again. Sadly, this time he did it in a way that could – presuming foreign peoples actually believe that Creepy Uncle Joe isn’t lost to senile dementia and to be ignored – seriously harm international relations.
I’ve long said — and I mean this — I have never, ever, ever been more optimistic about America’s prospects than I am today. Never. Never. I’ve traveled to over 140 countries around the world. As I was — I’ll paraphrase the phrase of my old neighborhood: The rest of the countries — the world is not a “patch on our jeans” if we do what we want to do and we need to do.
Some of America’s enemies are already jumping on Biden’s rather xenophobic, nationalist, and Amerocentric gaffe to bolster their domestic positions and their positions within the UN. Though personally, I’m somewhat more concerned about the response from neutral or titularly allied nations’ people. Biden did, after all, just say that they all were essentially worthless.
To the majority of sane minds in the West Biden’s trading Viktor Bout for Brittney Griner was the worst of bad deals. Releasing the world’s most infamous arms dealers – a man dubbed the Merchant of Death – for a minor athlete who was legitimately arrested in Russia for possessing cannabis oil, properly tried in their courts, and sentenced in the normal manner under their anti-drug laws was very bad and uneven exchange no matter how you look at it to most rational and aware people’s minds. Leaving former Marine and probable intelligence asset, Paul Whelan in Russian custody just made it worse – especially if they did actually try to trade for him too as part of the deal.
And then, the senile fool had to open his gaffe-spewer and make it worse:
“This was not a choice of which American to bring home,” said President Biden in a national address, later adding, “Sadly, for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s, and while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up, we will never give up.”
Making a horrendously lopsided and unfavorable exchange with your purported enemy, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, is bad enough. Declaring afterward that the better – but still very bad – deal was never something that Putin was going to entertain just handed him a significant geopolitical victory on the world’s stage.
But frankly, in my opinion, no deal, not for Griner or Whelan, should have been seriously pursued at all at this time and most certainly not in exchange for Bout. Trading for either a criminal or a spent asset is rarely a good political idea unless it’s a small, unpublicized part of larger negotiations in which you’ll get something close to what you want in the deal.
So, discounting all the personal specifics, Bout for Griner was the worst of bad deals for Biden and Co. to make, especially at this point in history. Even Whelan or Griner and Whelan for Bout would have been a bad deal right now. All Biden did was show Putin and the world that he was weak and to invested in certain domestic, party-based priorities.
And Then There’s Griner
As if the larger issues weren’t enough, there’s Griner herself, though that’s a mixed bag. She a Black and a lesbian. She’s also no patriot or even someone who purports to hold any love for America. Hence, she’s a darling of the sorts that vote Democrat. But, she’s also either someone the rest of us loath or, in a great many of our cases, don’t care at all about except that we’re sickened by those Democrat voters holding her up as some paragon solely because she is a Black, a lesbian, and someone who has repeatedly publicly stated her disdain for America.
So, by bending over for Putin in order to get Griner released, Biden told everyone who he’s the President of and who he isn’t. He made his position quite clear. And that’s why domestically this is a mixed bag for Biden. Garnering some – probably short-term – support from Radfems, Queers, the “Black Community,” and their White Liberal enablers is a plus for him and the Democrats, but going that far might both alienate Independents and other Moderates – not too mention those sorts who are still fixated on “Russian Collusion” – and further motivate and incense those of us who are already in the opposing camp.
And, even a bunch of the Left aren’t exactly happy with this since Griner was arrested for drug possession just as she could have been by any US federal officer and many state and local ones here in the US. And, neither Biden nor the Democrats seem to want to actually move towards decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, despite it having widespread bipartisan support.
Yeah, the worst of bad deals. It goes way, way, way beyond Biden’s normal incompetence and gaffes.
The above is the Gods’ honest truth. Biden is not responsible for the fiasco of our pull-out from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s resumption of control of that region; all the Democrats who, through voting or other means, installed that senile, deranged fool as POTUS are.
It was to anyone with any knowledge of the peoples of that region of shitholes a foregone conclusion that the moment the leaders of the Taliban knew that President Trump was forced from office they would abandon any semblance of complying with the terms of the change of power and retake Afghanistan by swift and overwhelming force. It was similarly a foregone conclusion that the Taliban would immediately commit various and sundry atrocities as part of this reconquista of the Graveyard of Empires. President Trump – the man, not any policies or plans set in place through the guidance of his cabinet – was the sole force holding the Taliban in check during this changeover.
Besides, how can we hold Biden responsible for anything when it’s so blatantly obvious that he’s mentally incompetent and not really involved in the actual duties of the President?
But… Some Simple Context
Firstly, the Taliban retaking control of Afghanistan was going to happen and was going to happen now regardless of who is POTUS. President Trump’s team already negotiated that as part of the President’s pledge to the American people to end our “Forever Wars.” So, Biden can’t be held responsible for any of that.
Secondly, some amount of atrocities were always going to be part of that regime change. Under President Trump, they would have been more subdued and handled less publicly, and some might have been delayed until the end of Trump’s second term, but they were always going to happen. So, again, Biden can’t be held responsible for any of that Nobody can; that sort of thing is part of the Afghans’ culture.
Third and finally, the fiasco that has been our pullout from Kabul is neither strange nor unexpected, given how fast Afghanistan “fell” to the Taliban. Nothing within that context is particularly odd or extreme. It looks very much like the other times the US military and intelligence apparatuses have had to withdraw from a theater with some level of haste. So too, to our shame, is the lack of support and extraction for our in-theater, indigenous assets.
So no. I don’t, and I don’t believe anyone should hold Biden responsible for what is happening in Afghanistan right now any more than I would hold him responsible for drooling on- or soiling himself. One and all need to show a certain level of respect to the aged and mentally infirm. Also, as I’ve written above, I don’t see that much to hold anyone accountable for in this situation.
The only ones I feel are responsible for this debacle are those who placed Biden in office. And, even then, I can’t see where they’re responsible for anything other than the specific timing of it and the overtness of the purge going on now in Afghanistan.
While Wolverton’s cartoon is just another of his Leftwing insults to our President, there is some accuracy to this particular imagery. President Trump’s foreign policy is bold, brash, and quite ham-handed in comparison to the status quo that came into being after the end of WW2.
But 60+ years of that status quo has achieved very little. Indeed, the only great strides made in the realm of geopolitics were the result of what were at the time declared be ham-handed actions and policies, e.g., President Reagan’s handling the USSR which helped in their resultant fall.
So, ham-handed? Certainly by what has become traditional standards. But President Trump’s foreign policy has already seen positive results despite best efforts of the Democrats and their propaganda corps.