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Biden’s Dénouement Hurts U.S. Standing

U.S. domestic politics is roiled over President Biden’s dénouement. The American people wonder whether Biden will be president in the weeks to come. Collectively, Americans are straining their eyes as they attempt to read the color of the smoke coming from the chimneys of the DNC, the White House, and Obama’s mansion in Kalorama. Will Biden step down or ride it out to the election? Will the 25th Amendment be invoked or will Biden stubbornly remain in office until January sees President Trump return to office or another Democrat occupy the Oval Office? Certainly, it deserves to be explored why Biden’s condition was obvious for so long but not acknowledged and addressed. As does the curious timing of a presidential debate in June to make the issue front and center and thus provide the Democrats time to find a replacement.

However interesting and important these issues are, you do not get to call a “time out” in international politics. While the Democrats decide whether Biden will remain in office and serve as their candidate, America’s enemies are hard at work. The dictator of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping, was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, Kazakhstan for the annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) gathering. That meeting was notable for two reasons. First, the SCO is expanding. Belarus joined the SCO to become the tenth member along with Iran, Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, the PRC, Russia, India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Second, the SCO now exists as a visible counterweight to U.S. influence in global politics. Putin made the meeting in Astana on the back of his visits to North Korea and Vietnam. No matter the success of these efforts, it demonstrates that Putin is chopping wood while Biden sleeps.

In that effort, he is not alone. Xi is putting the screws to U.S. allies. Putin’s travels around Asia divert attention from the PRC’s increasing aggression against the Philippines, a U.S. Treaty ally. The PRC’s coercive actions against Manila at Second Thomas Shoal are notable because of Beijing’s escalation. Its coast guard and navy are directly interfering with the resupply of the Sierra Madre, the vessel permanently beached on the shoal to protect Manila’s sovereignty. Beijing is executing a maritime sovereignty campaign to seize Filipino territory through an orchestrated process of incremental coercive steps that are increasingly violent and could very well lead to an armed conflict. It remains unclear whether the PRC will succeed, but if it does, it will be because the Biden administration watched and did nothing to aid the brave Filipino military.

Similarly, the feebleness of this administration has emboldened Xi to expand the PRC’s maritime operations in the East China Sea by driving Japanese fishermen from the waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands and sending surface action groups through key choke points where PLA Navy combatants are now operating in the Sea of Okhotsk and the waters of the western Pacific.

Biden’s infirmity has significant domestic and international costs. In the international realm, the perception of weakness, senescence, and confusion that he projects allows the PRC and Russia to capitalize upon the perception that the U.S. is enfeebled. That perception is bad enough as it weakens U.S. standing in the world, which, in turn, affects U.S. allies and enemies. But it also encourages states to think that they have a window of opportunity to act before Biden’s time in office ends. This was a window of opportunity that the Biden administration created. It is a vulnerability that PRC can exploit in its political warfare against the U.S. and its allies. It would be one thing if the U.S. had overwhelming military superiority over the PRC. In such a world, the hard facts of military power could be converted into credibility. Unfortunately, and contemptibly, the U.S. does not enjoy such favorable circumstances. For instance, the PLAN’s second aircraft carrier, Shandong, was dispatched to the South China Sea along with other major combatants in a show of naval power against the Philippines not previously demonstrated by the CCP. Local superiority is a matter of doubt. That ambiguity is a fact well marked by our allies who look to U.S. credibility and capabilities for their security, as the U.S. does for the protection of its own national security interests.

In an odious, dangerous, and supremely selfish manner, the Biden administration has placed its political survival before the interests of the United States. The camarilla who are in control of this administration may not care, but the perception of an enfeebled president resonates at home and abroad. The world witnessed the coverup of a president that is in sharp decline and our enemies, especially the CCP, are not going to sit by and wait for a new president to be selected before continuing the pursuit of their strategic goals. This is a very dangerous time and America’s military and allies should be on high alert.

James E. Fanell and Bradley A. Thayer are authors of Embracing Communist China:  America’s Greatest Strategic Failure.

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About James E. Fanell and Bradley A. Thayer

James Fanell is a government fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy and a former director of intelligence and information operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Bradley A. Thayer is a Founding Member of the Committee on Present Danger China and the coauthor with Lianchao Han of Understanding the China Threat.

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  1. People will do some pretty awful things in the name of self preservation. Often, they rationalize the act by convincing themselves they had to do that thing—even when knowing it was wrong—in order to survive and, possibly, do good things in the future. In a world where Donald Trump represents the ultimate EVIL, doing anything that might help him—even if it is the right thing, the honest thing, the moral thing, quickly becomes the wrong thing to do because it threatens self preservation.

    More and more we are hearing from folks in the media claim they did know and recognize Joe Biden’s mental decline but failed to report it because the revelation might in some way help Donald Trump. So they concealed it claiming they were doing so for the greater good. How many people have suffered because someone else did something “for the greater good”?

    The issues raised by Fanell and Thayer are real and true. People have actually died, economies have actually been threatened because those that knew chose to either say nothing, or chose to actively cover it up. And when exposed fall back on, but, but, but Trump!

    And now that the cat is out of the bag, these same people are scrambling to protect and preserve their standing in the community. For them though, the sheer numbers that participated in this lie are so great, cover is easy to obtain. As long as they can chorus it was done to preserve DEMOCRACY and with people out there ready to believe them, they will probably get away with it. WE, as a nation, are weakened by their success.

    Most people today are unaware of the origin of the word quisling—not knowing it was based on the name of a real person, Vidkun Quisling, who’s actions when forming a political party in Norway patterned after Germany’s National Democratic Socialist’s Party became synonymous with treason and traitorous actions. Quislings are those that aid or assist in those actions.

    Those in the media and in power that knew the truth and failed to report it are now “worthy” of being forever hence known as American quislings.

    Edited: I know I am more guilty than most when it comes to linking other articles not directly connected to American Greatness, but I swear I only do so when I feel it tangential to the article at hand. So, here is one about Steve Bannon written by Naomi Wolf. Observing the process of change and outlook by Ms. Wolf gives us all a small piece of hope that redemption can occur. Anyway, her article is a call to stop being silent as the fascists (her term) complete their takeover of our nation.

    NAOMI WOLF: Stand up for Steve Bannon lest it be you next | Human Events | humanevents.com

  2. Those in the media and in power that knew the truth and failed to report it are now “worthy” of being forever hence known as American quislings.

    No, actually they are anti-American traitors–the Enemedia. And that includes everyone from top media executives all the way down to journalism professors. The entire “journalism” profession is deeply corrupt and anti-American.

  3. Avatar for task task says:

    Why do you think that there are so many dead bodies, associated with wars, spread out over three continents during the last three years?

    The moment the Obama/Biden Administration was aggressively installed with the help of the Deep State American enemies began doing what they knew they could get away with. For four long years they had been kept from allowing the well paid and rewarded domestic insiders to continue to “Fundamentally change America”. The only accountability was delivered to only those accountable for preventing them from “Fundamentally Changing America”. Now accountability is part of a comming new Ante.

    Considering the stakes and the odds associated with halting the progression of what was essentially a successful coup d’état in 2020, along with the expectation of an easy walk to the finish line, that is now in peril, we cannot expect that the time between today and November is just going to pass without major happenstances. They always had their plan. What they never expected is for Joe Biden to put their ground game under the microscope so late in the process. The plan expectations are the same. It is the method of execution which now must change. A redesign is quickly needed so the planners can arrive at the finish line timely or else will be forced to negotiate something to manage the Don for another term. That is likely to be not so easy - the time he will productively spend repairing the damage they have already done will seem, to the Deep State mechanics, like an eternity filled with suffering. Most of the MAGA Deplorables will enjoy every long minute of it. There is more. The CCP, Putin and the Ayatollahs have a debt to pay that needs to be paid in Shylock fashion… right from their hearts.

  4. Task, if it’s coming from their hearts, a half pound will do me fine.

  5. Avatar for task task says:

    Thanks for the really needed laugh you gave me with your reply. :slight_smile:

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