(February 3, 2021 / JNS)
Democratic countries everywhere are under attack by dictatorial regimes, such as China, Russia and North Korea, Islamist theocracies such as Iran, Turkey and Qatar, and the Islamic State/Al-Qaeda terror networks. If America’s status as a superpower is damaged, would it (or could it) still send out the “cavalry” when it was necessary? Let’s look at some recent history:
In 2015, when the Obama/Biden administration faced the threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and provided $150 billion to the rogue regime. Tehran used this money to finance its worldwide terror networks. That “very bad deal” with Iran was supposed to delay its nuclear enrichment program for 10 years. It did not.
In 2020, the Trump administration faced the dilemma of China’s illegal abrogation of its 1984 treaty with the United Kingdom, which guaranteed the autonomy of Hong Kong until 2047. After this 2020 takeover, the United States announced a series of sanctions against China, but did nothing to reverse China’s illegal occupation of Hong Kong.
The Obama and the Trump administrations watched Venezuela oppress its population and engage in narco-terrorism throughout Latin America and even extending into the United States. But neither administration did anything significant to stop it, although Trump did enact numerous sanctions.
Now let’s look at some of the big policy dilemmas facing the new Biden administration, which is packed by individuals from the previous, distinctly unsuccessful and damaging Obama/Biden era:
1. Once again, Iran is racing to a nuclear bomb. The new administration is only two weeks old and is already back to its previously unsuccessful appeasement strategy. Influenced by Iran and Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, it wants to reduce the ability of Saudi Arabia to defeat Iranian terror proxies in Yemen. It also wants to restrict the sale of high technology armaments to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These sales were directly or indirectly related to the Trump-initiated Abraham Accords, which encouraged the Sunni Muslim countries to protect themselves from Iran in alliance with Israel. Chance of success in blocking Iran’s nuclear path? Zero.
2. Once again, contrary to the national security interests of both the United States and Israel, the administration wants to resurrect the failed plans to set up a Palestinian terror state next to Israel. It also seems ready to re-engage with the Iranian and Turkish terror proxy Hamas. Chance of success in improving the peace prospects with the Palestinian terror organizations? Zero.
3. Once again, the administration wants to ignore the U.S. dependency on Chinese manufacturing, even allowing the communist regime to participate in our electric grid. Chance of success in improving Chinese relations while enhancing U.S. national security? Zero.
4. Once again, the administration is confronted with the dilemma of stopping ISIS, Al-Qaeda and other Islamist terrorist groups from expanding in Nigeria and other Christian democracies in Africa. Chance of success in defending the Christian populations? Zero.
5. Once again, the administration must confront Chinese intimidation of our allies in the Pacific Ocean, particularly Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines, as well as our South Asia ally, India. Chance of successfully intimidating China to stop its aggressive military and economic confrontations? Zero.
6. Once again, the administration must confront the state-sanctioned narco-terrorist groups (including Hezbollah) in the Tri-Border region of South America, as well as in Venezuela, Cuba and Mexico. Chance of standing up to these criminal organizations, which are killing our American youth with fentanyl and other dangerous drugs? Zero.
7. Once again, the administration must protect our southern border from an invasion of millions of illegal aliens, drug dealers, sex traffickers and terrorists. However, the Biden administration decided to stop the construction of the highly successful wall with Mexico, as well as to reverse the immigration laws which the Trump administration had put in place and which had been working so well. Chance of successfully protecting our southern border and our southern states from this illegal invasion? Zero.
8. Once again, the administration must strengthen NATO to protect Europe from an always aggressive Russia. Chance of intimidating the Russian bear? Zero.
9. Once again, the administration must manage the Afghanistan war with the Islamist terrorist Taliban and Iranian supported Al Qaeda, while protecting the Afghan government and the popular freedoms that the United States and its allies brought to the people. Chance of success in destroying Al Qaeda and forcing the Taliban into a genuine “peace” agreement? Zero.
10. Once again, the Biden (neo-Obama) administration is seeking to collaborate with the corrupt United Nations and its affiliated organizations, such as the International Criminal Court, UNRWA, Human Rights Council, WHO and the UNFCCC (Paris Agreement). Chance of enhancing U.S. national or economic security? Zero.
Without a strong U.S. military and the willingness to defend ourselves and our allies, all democracies face an existential risk from our mutual enemies. The Biden administration’s agenda of debunked policies is to be enforced by often-discredited political appointees. What is the chance this administration could successfully protect the United States and its allies? Zero.
Ken Abramowitz is the president and founder of SaveTheWest.