Fri Feb 12th, 2021 at 11:26:07 AM EST
Joe Biden was a fervent backer of the Russian reset button - Cold War 2.0 - leading foreign policy during the Obama administration. With many advisors in key position, Putin and Lavrov will raise the castle bridge to weather the coming assault.
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Russia's Medvedev joined the US proposition on Libya in the UN Security Council on R2P policy and got burned for it. From regime change in Libya, the weapons and jihadist terrorists were transported through Benghazi and Turkey into Northern Syria. By means of Russian intervention in September 2015, it prevented a Sunni terror run regime with slaughter of Christian and Shia minorities. New alliances were forged.
The JCPOA agreement on a nuclear deal with Iran was a policy win for the Obama administration.
In 2016 a new alliance of the Arab Sunni monarchies with Israel developed to counter the JCPOA and focused on the world's "worst" state of terror: the Islamic Republic of Iran. This alliance combined with extreme rightwing Republicans an effort to keep Democrats out of the White House in November 2016. The alliance didn't choose the Republican candidate, it became Trump by default. The Democrats made sure Donald Trump would have a long shot for the presidency by crowning Hillary Clinton as their candidate. As if written in the stars, the surprise winner by a landslide was Donald J. Trump.
Four years on, with a more partisan U.S. Congress than ever seen in a hundred years and a nation heavily armed as ready to start a Civil War any day, Joe Biden sets out on a Herculean task to battle a surging pandemic, gross inequality and loss of jobs across the country and a gigantic divide between population of Red States and Blue States.
Unfortunately, foreign policy of the global military and economic leader of the world is not on the radar of Americans who voted in the presidential election. Somehow the representatives in Congress seem to relish bi-partisanship by agreeing on the enemy of the decade. What's new? The enemy is not the Sunni States where the attack on America in 2001 originated, but Socialism and Communism. Europe is Socialist except for the United Kingdom post-Brexit. The enemies of the American people are Venezuela, Russia, North Korea and the New Colossus China.
The painful loss of Persia and the Shah is forever on the minds of the US State Department, including the Israel Lebanon War of 1980s where Reagan attempted a military intervention that backfired with loss of lives and the suffering of cruel kidnapping. Hezbollah was founded as an alternative to Yasser Arafat's PLO. It became a mighty force of it's own with initial backing of Assad's Syria and after US interventions in Iraq by Iran's Shia leadership.
The Trump years weren't hindered by influence of International Law and treaties. In the end, a new business accord was agreed between Israel and their new Arab partners in the Abraham Accords. The fate of Palestinians was sealed.
If President Biden and his administration were to be seen as liberal or progressive on ME and foreign policy, forget it. The White House is bound by a united bi-partisan majority in Congress ... a harsh reality. Netanyahu won't get any presents from Joe Biden as the former had used the Republican Party to his personal advantage to stay in power.
So in fact, a Democratic White House follows the path of Neocon rightwing policy in the Middle-East. NATO has become a tool of American Expansionism. The 90s offered a chance to make a more peaceful world as military spending tumbled. Bush and the shock of 9/11 caused the War on Terror and bombardment and invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. NATO under article 5 gained a new mandate to fight a global war. The terror attack by Al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden offered Israel's leaders the opportunity to equate the Palestinian movement for Independence as a terror organization. By militarizing media and propaganda, a wave of populist themes spilled over the Western World from Islamophobia to Xenophobia. In the media of today, anti-Israel themes are equated as anti-semitism by new IHRA definition.
Thus I see no new tendency under US leadership for a more peaceful world. Europe needs to make their own choices in a harsh economic environment. The EU-27 is more divided than ever due to expansion into Russian sphere of influence. As Rumsfeld so fittingly observed, there is an Old Europe and a New Europe. By considering the Russian Federation as a pariah or enemy state, Europe will be on a path of confrontation, violence and cyberwarfare in the least worse concept of a future.
It's imperative to work out common goals and stop sowing division. The future of Our Planet is at stake and not renew a conflict of ages or centuries ago. We live in the 21th Century and the Youth and a new generation deserve better. The scarred elder politicians are blocking new perspectives on a better world. Even with all modern tools and knowledge of Healthcare, a global pandemic caused more damage than a major conflict by military arms. Such a shame and regret.
The generation of narcists and "MeFirst!" never take responsibility, always pointing fingers elsewhere. Hoarding vaccines by leading nations is so exemplary: United States, United Kingdom and Israel. The true heroes are the low-income frontline workers of hospitals, ambulance, GPs and care homes. The top 0.1% are reaping the monetary rewards of the pandemic. A disaster still waiting to happen.
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