Biden’s Foreign Policy Is Clinging to an Irrelevant Past

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You may have noticed: the blob is back. Under a veneer of gender and racial diversity, Biden’s national security team is made up of seasoned staff who earned their spurs in Washington long before Donald Trump showed up to spoil the party. So if you’re looking for new faces in the ministries of state or defense, the National Security Council, or the various intelligence agencies, you have to search pretty hard. The same is true when looking for new knowledge. In Washington, foreign policy establishment members recite stale bromides even as they divert attention from a dead past to which they continue to delve.

The boss shows them how to do it.

Just two weeks after his presidency, Joe Biden visited the State Department to give American diplomats their marching orders. In his formal remarks the President be committed his administration on “diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, promoting opportunity, upholding universal rights, respecting the rule of law, and treating everyone with dignity.”

His language left no room for disputes or exceptions. In our world some things can be dispensed with – SAT results For example, blue chip athletes who are recruited to play a big college ball. Estimated values, however, are believed to be sacrosanct. To take Biden at his word, his government will consistently honor this obligation, not sometimes. not only when it is appropriate, but without exception.

Less than a month later, the president was given the opportunity to demonstrate his loyalty to these very values. The matter at hand concerned Saudi Arabia, and in particular the release of one Intelligence report He fingers Mohammad bin Salman, aka MBS, the Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler of this country, for ordering the murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist employed by The Washington Post. The content of the report did not surprise anyone. The interesting question was how the new president would answer.

Months earlier, during the election campaign, Biden had Saudi Arabia, a long-time US ally, as “Pariah state“That had” no redeeming value. “Before that, Donald Trump had gotten used to the Saudi kings – they were his kind of people. For candidate Biden, romance time in Riyadh was up. Never again, him.” vowedWashington would “check its principles at the door just to buy oil or sell weapons.”

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