As national issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and associated warrants, urban crime, immigration, inflation, and bottlenecks continue to gain the attention of most ordinary Americans, global threats are growing. With the holiday season approaching, most of our people seem to be far more concerned with holiday preparations and shopping than with what’s going on overseas. Meanwhile, our main adversaries become more and more threatening and provocative, convinced that they see America’s decline as the most dominant power in the world.
Our chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and the prolonged chaos on the southern border during President Joe Biden’s first year in office, as well as our continued political polarization, rising crime rates and growing pessimism for the future, as recent polls have revealed, add to the impression that America is indeed a diminishing power. It makes the world even more dangerous because it emboldens our opponents.
The Biden administration is in the embarrassing position of having to advocate with Iranian negotiators to allow the United States to join talks to limit Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons that former President Donald Trump has opted out of. took of. Iran demands an end to sanctions and other concessions like the price America has to pay to join the deal or even speak with our negotiators. During this time, it intensifies the enrichment of uranium, presumably until it reaches the level of military grade. Trump withdrew from the deal because he did not prevent Iran from possibly developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them, which would spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and pose a threat. existential for the survival of Israel. If we allowed this to happen, Israel would act preemptively for its own survival.
In Europe, Russia is massing its forces along its border with Ukraine which, at the time of this writing, number around 175.00 troops and their equipment. They are clearly not there to prevent Ukraine from invading Russia. Mr Biden reportedly spoke harshly with Russian Vladimir Putin, warning that a Russian invasion would trigger severe economic sanctions. The sanctions, however, did not prevent Russia from invading and annexing Crimea.
China, which mocked the âOne China, Two Systemsâ policy by cracking down on Hong Kong freedoms and threatening to invade Taiwan, America’s Democratic ally, major trading partner and source of microprocessors. It continues to claim sovereignty over a vast expanse of the South China Sea, encroaching on the economic zones and territorial seas of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia. They militarized parts of this international body of water that connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans through which more than half of the world’s maritime trade passes daily. Its objective is clearly to assert control of these sea lanes and constitutes a threat to the freedom of navigation.
North Korea continues to seek to acquire the ability to target not only US bases in the Western Pacific, but US cities as well. Donald Trump’s much-celebrated talks with dictator Kim Jong-un have accomplished nothing substantial other than strengthening Mr. Kim’s reputation among his longtime subjects as a powerful and respected leader.
These threats are all real, but by far the most serious is that posed by the People’s Republic of China, which aims to surpass us as the world’s leading economy and military power. In order not to avert the threat posed by Iran, Russia and North Korea, the Iranian mullahs will under no circumstances be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons and if we, with or without our European allies, fail to prevent if that happens, then Israel will have no choice but to act unilaterally. As for North Korea, Kim must be continually reminded that any attack on America, its bases or cities, or on South Korea or Japan will result in the destruction of North Korea and the end of the dictatorship. by Kim.
Russia, while possessing an enormous nuclear arsenal, is largely a regional power determined to ensure that Belarus, Moldova and at least parts of Ukraine, Georgia and other neighboring countries once did. part of the Soviet Union with a large number of ethnic Russians and Russian-speaking sympathizers, remain in its sphere of influence and that NATO does not encroach further on its western borders. Ukraine is not part of NATO and neither we nor NATO are obliged to defend it with troops, although Mr Biden should not have reassured Putin by telling him that it was not a option. Besides talking harshly with Putin, Biden could try talking a little harder with European leaders to get tough on Russia and let Putin know that their use of military force is beyond their purview. This mess is in Europe’s backyard, not ours.
The remaining three years of Mr. Biden’s presidency will be fraught with dangers and require strong and purposeful leadership to a degree that is not always evident in his first year. But he’s the only president we have and hopefully will have over the next three years, because those in the line of succession don’t inspire much confidence either. In matters of foreign policy at least, it is time to rally to the commander-in-chief and to stop the sarcastic remarks of the far right on his age, his durability, his skills and his memory. In matters of foreign policy, partisan politics must stop at our shores. Questioning the political competence of our president only helps our adversaries.