Elections do have consequences. President Joe Biden and his team of handlers are moving all policy, foreign and domestic, decidedly to the left. The problem for the United States, and therefore the world, is that in the nuclear/terrorist/technological age, this could be the most dangerous four years in history.
President John Kennedy once warned that “domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.”
There was also a time that Democratic presidents in the United States were aggressive, if not hawks, in foreign policy. Woodrow Wilson led the United States into World War I and Franklin Roosevelt into World War II. Harry Truman dropped the atomic bomb that brought an end to World War II in the Pacific, and Presidents Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson escalated the Vietnam War.
Since then, Democratic presidents have been decidedly less aggressive and eschewed Thomas Jefferson’s advice that “weakness provokes insult & injury, while a condition to punish it often prevents it” and “whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace.”
Of course, President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, updated Jefferson’s sentiments by championing “peace through strength.”
Under the Obama administration, weakness produced terror and worse. The ISIS terrorist group went from being a “JV team” to international killers as its network of global supporters grew. The Soviet Union took over Crimea, Iran expanded its conventional warfare in the Middle East, and China moved forward with its “detailed strategy to overtake the U.S. as the world’s dominant power,” according to John Mauldin in Forbes.
President Donald Trump, a Republican, pushed back on those developments. His pro-U.S. energy development policies defunded Russia and Iran by taking their international energy customers away and by reducing the amount of money those nations made on oil through lower energy prices.
In addition to that, Trump’s reversal of the Iran nuclear deal further isolated and defunded that regime. Trump’s policies greatly reduced Iran’s ability to conduct warfare in the Middle East and led to unprecedented peace deals between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan.
Trump also confronted China like no other U.S. president. From tariffs to sanctions to publicly rebuking the actions of China, Trump exposed the nature of the Chinese regime.
Now, it appears that whatever gains were made in world peace through American strength are about to be undone.
First, it is more than obvious that Biden is physically the weakest president in American history. Never have so many questions swirled around a first-term president with no proven track record. That matters on the international stage.
Second, some Biden appointments spell danger to the world. Biden picked the “nuclear deal architect” Robert Malley to be an envoy to Iran. Of course, many expect Biden to make a new deal with Iran that would provide money to Iran, some of which, even John Kerry admitted years ago, would be used for terror.
That alone threatens to destabilize the Middle East.
At the same time, Biden took steps that have weakened America’s public support of Israel, including restoring aid to Palestinians, all of which some have characterized as in the NPR report “Sharp Turn in U.S. Policy in the Middle East.” As if to punctuate that, as of this writing, Biden hasn’t even spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite agreeing to fund some of Israel’s adversaries.
As for ISIS and al-Qaida, according to “recent counterterrorism funding reports from the U.S. Department of Treasury, terrorist networks in the Middle East are growing in strength. Both al-Qaida and the Islamic State (ISIS) have found financial backers and partners despite their denial of such,” as reported by the website Gingrich 360.
All of which brings us to China. We know from his campaign that Biden downplayed the threat from China before retracting that sentiment. We also know that his family has or had extensive ties to Chinese companies, and state officials that could haunt Biden.
Meanwhile, his appointments include “many Obama Administration retreads and Hillary Clinton loyalists,” according to Japan Times. Obviously, that means a far less confrontational policy toward China and its ambitions, including a possible desire to engage China in green-energy initiatives and revoking a Trump executive order that precluded Chinese involvement in U.S. power grid technology.
Finally, Biden’s economic and energy policies will weaken the American economy, which will reduce U.S. defense capabilities in the future and provide economic opportunities for Iran and Russia.
The problem with Biden’s weaknesses is that the world grows far more dangerous by the hour. Bad actors such as Iran move ever closer to nuclear capability, and China is a far greater economic power than it was 20 years ago. Technological cyberwars are leaping forward unimaginably from 20 years ago. Worse yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates, the potential for biological warfare is more possible than ever.
Biden’s weaknesses and his policies will weaken America at home and embolden our enemies. All of that may add up to four of the most dangerous years in American, if not world, history.
Thomas Del Beccaro is an acclaimed author, speaker, Fox News, Fox Business, and Epoch Times opinion writer, and former chairman of the California Republican Party. He is the author of the historical perspectives “The Divided Era” and “The New Conservative Paradigm.”
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.