WASHINGTON D.C., March 30th, 2021. In the span of two days, any credibility that the United States will commit to the Wilsonian ideals touted by President Joe Biden of returning to a position of world leadership driven on by multilateral cooperation, or simply put that Biden’s oft-run tagline “America is back” will prove to be at all different from “Make America great again,” took a massive blow.
The State Department requested an extension of the military withdrawal deadline in Afghanistan from the Taliban, according to sources in the group who spoke with Tolo News, a week after breaking the ceasefire between U.S and Taliban forces with air strikes.
It also had a proposal reportedly rejected from the Iranians of a similar nature according to sources within the Iranian cabinet, as Biden attempts to alter the deal many in his cabinet worked to foment during their tenures in the Obama Administration.
The month of March demonstrated many aspects of remarkable similarity between the two Presidents. Tensions and bickering, and the threat of sanctions, continue between the U.S. and close ally Germany over the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
A 2020 Human Rights Report by country released from the State Department blasts China for genocide and Venezuela for corruption. Sec. of State Antony Blinken announced in late-March that sanctions have been imposed on Chinese officials for the targeting of Uyghur’s in Xinjiang province, and in early-March on Russian officials for the alleged poisoning of Alexi Navalny.
Elsewhere in the world, the 2020 report continues the recognition of the of the Golan Heights, annexed from Syria by the Israelis, and of Jerusalem as the capital of the country.
Statements on North Korea from the President’s press conference continue the 3-administrations-long demands of denuclearization of the peninsula, a strategy that has yielded nothing but further nuclear tests and hostility.
Are there any differences?
As renowned foreign policy reporter and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute Doug Bandow writes, “Trump’s over-the-top rhetoric and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s ostentatious sanctimony were at times sources of levity, [but] these attributes often interfered with even normal contact among countries,” adding that again that at least “foreign policy by tweet is ancient history”.
Indeed, a sense of normalcy gently pervades Washington, even as the People’s House is encircled by thousands of military personnel and a curtain wall, but even the formality it brings is being administered as the face of the same policies that were pushed by Pompeo and his underlings.
In the country of Saudi Arabia, American intelligence found the crown prince gave the go-ahead for the murder and dismemberment of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, yet Biden avoided any punitive measures, saying he wanted to “reset” his relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Under Trump, in the face of multiple war-crimes allegations in the War in Yemen and multiple attempts by Congress to block weapons sales, the former-President countered by explained how much money the crown prince was paying the U.S.
Hardly subtle, but hardly different — in both presidents the royal family has found someone that will protect their interests even in the most dire of circumstances.
The increasingly adversarial relationships with China and Russia, both extensively armed with sophisticated-enough nuclear weapons to pose existential threats to the U.S., are also a transparent parallel between the two administrations.
Navy and Air Force. Army Gen. Richard Coffman warned of the potential for a rapid attack by China on ether Taiwan or the Senkaku islands, according to China Focus saying that the U.S. should position such military forces as would be needed to repel an attack consisting of 10,000 vehicles, despite the fact that the South China Sea is more than 6,000 miles away from the U.S.
Trump’s adversarial nature towards the Chinese is well documented, but under Biden things are becoming even more frightening for the average Chinese or American citizen. Rather than taking it as the cue to reduce tensions with a nuclear armed power, when Gen. Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, recently stated that “war was inevitable,” there has been nothing but continuing pressure and buildup from the United States.
It really does seem that the “Foreign Policy for the Middle Class” promoted by Biden and his Nat. Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, is the same as the “America First” foreign policy of Trump, Pompeo, and their endlessly rotated cast of extras; namely a policy of siphoning off $1 trillion in tax revenues every year to pay for every manner of intervention in countries on all seven continents.