By John Ubaldi, “Ubaldi Reports”
The inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the United States was heralded as the grownups are back in charge of U.S. foreign policy after the chaotic administration of Donald Trump, but rhetoric has meet reality and we are now facing a more dangerous global environment than ever before.
The mainstream media anointed Biden and his national security team as the most experienced foreign policy group to occupy the White House in decades, but ever since his inauguration Biden has presided over major strategic miscalculations and foreign policy blunders of epic proportions.
With all of Biden’s purported experience in foreign policy, America is now engaged in a proxy war with Russia in Ukraine, a potential war with China over Taiwan, and now a major conflict in the Middle East after Hamas conducted a brutal and barbaric terror attack in Israel.
This was not supposed to be the case as Biden came into the presidency with over thirty six years’ experience in the U.S. Senate where he either chaired or was ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, then spent eight years as Vice President under President Barack Obama. With all this vast experience the world is more chaotic not less under his stewardship.
One only has to remember the comments made by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who served in both the Bush and Obama presidencies where he stated, “Biden has been wrong on every foreign policy decision in the last 40 years.”
Just examine Biden’s first year of his presidency where he presided over a chaotic and botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the administration abandoned not only our Afghan allies, but our European allies as well.
During the hasty ill-conceived withdrawal one where the president overruled all advice from every military commander about pulling out of Afghanistan, Biden failed to heed their advice and what the U.S. endured was chaotic and the greatest humiliation since America’s pullout from Vietnam in 1975.
This ill-advised and botched withdrawal left Americans behind and billions in weapons to the Taliban and other terror organizations.
Far too often both the Defense Department and the State Department look confused, out of touch with reality on the ground, and this confusion led the world to perceive that America is a weakened superpower, and this would later have ramifications in another region of the world.
Once Biden assumed the presidency he set out as administration policy to reverse every policy put in place by the Trump administration beginning with ending of the Keystone XL energy pipeline that set in motion his policy of ending America’s energy independence.
President Biden simultaneously lifted sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 a natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany running through the Baltic Sea, this greatly helped Moscow’s ability to generate much needed revenue.
Then Russian hackers hacked into critical infrastructure such as the nation’s energy companies, the presidents response was to admonish Russian President Vladimir Putin not to hack into various critical infrastructure should be “off-limits” to cyberattacks. This weakness only emboldened the Russian leader and ceded the belief that Biden was a weak American president.
With America’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, Russia then began massing thousands of troops on the border of Ukraine in preparation for a full invasion of that country.
President Biden gave a timid and lukewarm response and even mentioned by commenting “I think what you’re going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do.”
This signaled weakness to Putin, and even as the situation grew grim the president refused to send military equipment to Ukraine in preparation for a potential invasion by Russia, as the president didn’t want to make the situation worse. This only fueled the perception that Biden didn’t want to get involved, and it reminded Putin of the response by the Obama/Biden administration eight years ago.
When Russia sent military forces into Crimea then later annexed it in 2014, the only response was the Obama/Biden administration sending of blankets to Ukraine. Putin believed the same thing would happen.
With a perception of a weak American president in Biden, Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. Biden then begun to send in U.S. military and financial assistance to the Ukrainians in their fight against Russia.
Far too often Biden has slow walked key military aid to Ukraine, and has never offered any strategy on how this conflict will end; all he does is request additional funding without any rational on what is the end game.
In February, during the State of the Union address Biden had a captive national audience to articulate a strategy on Ukraine and to inform the American people why we need to assist Ukraine in its fight against Russian and how it’s in America’s national security interest to do so.
This lack of clarity and strategic thought has enabled and emboldened our enemies such as China and especially Iran which has led to the current crisis in the Middle East.
The recent crisis in the Middle East where Hamas a proxy for Iran launched a devastating attack into Israel that resulted in the deaths over 1,200 Israeli citizens and the brutal killing of 40 infants resulting in the decapitation of these children.
Soon as Biden became president he overturned a Trump-era policy by releasing hundreds of millions of dollars to both Fatah and Hamas organizations, then in 2022 sent $316 million to the Palestinians. The moderate “Fatah” organization that offers stipends to Palestinian families whose family members are rewarded for killing Jewish citizens, these are the people Israelis are supposed to deal with.
In the first few months of the Biden administration, Biden pushed the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief bill pushed through Congress all with only Democratic support by sending $33.7 million to the United Nations Relief & Works Agency through the State Department’s Migration and Refugee Assistance program, according to data from USASpending.gov, as part of $500 million that was included in the bill for the State Department to fund migration and refugee assistance.
Even the left-leaning New Republic in 2014 had described UNRWA as “effectively a branch of Hamas.”
In Biden’s zeal to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal that had been canceled by the previous administration, this despite Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign which placed crippling economic sanctions on Tehran as this included restricting Iran’s ability to sell oil.
The sanctions imposed by the Trump administration restricted Tehran’s ability to secure additional revenue to fund its proxy forces in Hezbollah and Hamas. Both terror organizations were starved of financing but that all ended when Biden become president by lifting various sanction and allowing to pump 440,000 barrels of oil a day to over six million. This additional revenue allowed Iran to fund terror organizations and this includes Hamas.
While Biden was negotiating the release of Americans held by Iran, Tehran was continuing funding to Hamas. In this negotiations Biden agreed to release $6 billion in revenue to Iran, and even after the terror attack by Hamas, the president still hasn’t frozen this payment which is held in a Omani bank.
The president still hasn’t brought forward a strategy of how he will confront Iran considering Iran heavily funds all the terror organizations currently involved in the crisis in Gaza.
Biden’s failed foreign policy has had disastrous results, and for someone who has had decades of foreign policy experience he has made failed decisions after failed decisions that are now impacting America’s national security.