Biden foreign policy strategy opens the door to China, other adversaries, experts say
President Biden’s foreign policy choices have emboldened American adversaries, with some experts saying the administration has deteriorated America’s roll as a world chief.
“I have always been a firm believer that the president of the United States is in charge of the world and Congress is in charge of domestic policy,” Fred Zeidman, co-chair and director of Council for a Secure America, informed Fox News Digital. “We have a president right now that I think is totally focused on domestic policy and has totally ignored world policy.”
Zeidman’s feedback come as Biden has confronted a number of high-profile foreign policy crises since taking workplace, together with the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and an more and more hostile posture from nations resembling China, North Korea and Iran.
According to Zeidman, the rising risks confronting the world might be traced to Biden’s foreign policy strategy, which makes use of an analogous strategy to former President Barack Obama that weakens U.S. potential to be a feared deterrence to the world’s aggressors.
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“This started under, not his direct predecessor, but under Barack Obama…. to destroy American exceptionalism,” Zeidman stated.
Zeidman argued that not solely has Biden “weakened our military,” however he additionally has pursued home insurance policies which have restricted the U.S. potential to undertaking energy. He pointed to Biden’s vitality insurance policies, arguing that strikes to restrict home oil manufacturing have left the U.S. depending on foreign sources of vitality and unable to fill the void for allies dealing with an vitality crunch on account of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
“Energy has been the source of every war, arguably, in the history of the world,” he stated.
Zeidman additionally pointed to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing that the spectacle that performed out for the world to see was incentive sufficient for American adversaries to pursue an aggressive path.
“I still believe that our response in Afghanistan is what precipitated the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Zeidman stated, noting that China might also see this second as a possibility to transfer on Taiwan as effectively.
These points, Zeidman believes, can all be traced again to a foreign policy philosophy that started under Obama, ceding America’s management and place as the predominant world energy.
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“President Obama was always philosophically a supporter of the underdog, and so he has always been a supporter of the countries considered to be the underdog, which would arguably be anybody other than American, anybody other than NATO,” Zeidman stated.
James Phillips, the senior analysis fellow for foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation, additionally believes a lot of Biden’s foreign policy philosophy is a carryover from the Obama administration.
Phillips identified that a lot of the Biden administration is staffed with individuals who additionally served in the Obama administration, which has resulted in Biden chasing an “illusory deal with Iran at the expense of Israel, Saudi Arabia and other partners threatened by Iran.”
“The Biden administration’s foreign policy essentially is a re-run of the Obama foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East,” Phillips informed Fox News Digital. “Like Obama, he seeks to downplay the threats posed by Iran, while justifying a drawdown of U.S. forces in the Middle East as part of a ‘pivot’ to the Indo-Pacific, ostensibly to contain China.”
Phillips argued that the end result has been not to contain China, however as an alternative to invite their affect in a Middle East the place the U.S. has historically been the predominant energy.
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“China has pivoted to the Middle East to bolster relations with Iran, and cultivated much better relations with Saudi Arabia and other Arab states, which increasingly doubt that they can depend on the Biden administration,” Phillips stated.
But Joel Rubin, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for the Obama administration, argues the Iran deal negotiated below Obama was the best approach to include Iranian ambitions to construct a nuclear weapon.
“On Iran, what Trump did was destroyed a multilateral agreement on nuclear weapons,” Rubin informed Fox News Digital. “The result of that is that Iran is now closer to a bomb than it’s ever been.”
While efforts to restore some type of deal have been stalled, Rubin famous that it may be troublesome to restore diplomacy as soon as it’s deserted. However, he argued Biden’s push to return to the framework of the deal could be a greater step towards containing a probably nuclear Iran.
“If you want to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, the deal we had before was doing it,” Rubin stated. “The maximum pressure Trump policy was enacted after he withdrew from the deal, and we see the results, which is that Iran is still making a mess in the Middle East, oppressing its own people, and by the way, has a much more advanced nuclear program.”
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Rubin argues that Biden’s foreign policy doctrine has been one geared toward restoring American management all through the world, together with repairing ties with NATO allies that usually felt alienated below the Trump administration. He additionally pointed to Biden’s work forging new commitments and alliances in Asia, one thing designed to assist confront the rising menace China poses.
“Restoring and accelerating our multilateral alliances and putting American leadership at the top of that pyramid,” Rubin famous as one in every of the major goals of Biden’s foreign policy.
In addition to alliance constructing, Rubin pointed to Biden’s home agenda as being a pillar of Biden’s philosophy, calling it “building from the inside out.”
“The idea of investing in America and rebuilding it was an idea that Donald Trump had for four years and never figured out how to do it,” Rubin stated. “Joe Biden’s now $2 trillion worth of spending on domestic industry… for the future as well as our infrastructure for climara and energy infrastructure, climate resilience, new technology, road, bridges… that didn’t happen under Trump, it happened under Biden.”
Rubin added that one other key pillar of Biden’s foreign policy strategy is to put money into “hard power” infrastructure, pouring cash into the Defense Department to construct and restore what has lengthy been uncared for.
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“You have a mixture of economics, diplomacy and defense,” Rubin stated. “It’s not just sales, Trump did a lot of sales of American military equipment, but not a lot of investment in the defense sector. We’re now learning of areas that need to be invested in largely because of this hot war we’re backing in Ukraine.”
Taken collectively, Rubin stated Biden’s foreign policy strategy has been to rebuild America’s function as a pacesetter.
“Are we leader or are we following? Are we isolated?” Rubin stated. “How do you cover China when you’re alone? You don’t. You try, but just sanctions alone on China, when countries are running away, is no good. But now they’re not running away,” he added, pointing to Japan’s improve in protection spending “in partnership with the United States.”
However, Zeidman believes the U.S. has executed something however restore its function as a world chief below Biden.
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“All the countries that were dependent on the United States to defend them… they quickly came to the conclusion that they couldn’t depend on the United States anymore,” he stated, pointing to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the way it was perceived. “We have to have a strong military. The world has to understand that we have the capability and the will and the desire to support the countries that are friendly to us.”