“I cannot for the life of me understand some of the capabilities that they’re putting in the field, unless it is an aggressive posture.” That was Admiral Philip Davidson, head of Indo-Pacific command, in recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. “They” was a reference to China, and as Fox News headlined the story, “US losing military edge in Asia as China looks like it is planning for war.”
If embattled Americans wonder how Joe Biden might respond, they might start with the man who orchestrated the move to put vice president Biden at the head of China policy. That would be Tom Donilon, a longtime Democrat activist and adviser to Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1988. In 2010, Donilon’s selection for National Security Advisor troubled Robert Scheer of The Nation.
“Why in the world would President Obama, whose legacy has been sabotaged by a housing crisis that Donilon helped create and conceal, have hired him to run the most sensitive position of public trust in his administration?” As the president so often demonstrated, Scheer wrote, “it’s the top hustlers of whom he seems enamored.”
Donilon never served in the military, but as Robert Gates noted in Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of State at War, Donilon blasted the United States military as “in revolt” and “insubordinate.” Donilon also “bridled” when Gen. McChrystal announced a counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. Gates found that stance rather troubling.
“Troops risking their lives need to be told that their goal is to ‘defeat’ those trying to kill them,” he explains in Duty. “But such terms were viewed in the White House as borderline insubordinate political statements by generals.” So for Biden’s China mentor, and his White House boss, American troops were not to defeat their enemies and win their conflicts.
Joe Biden never served in the military, and as Gates noted, Biden had been on the wrong side of nearly every foreign policy issue over the past 40 years. Biden opposed the raid on Osama bin Laden and with Iran the vice president’s first move was to wave the white flag.
In 2016, four Iranian gunboats captured 10 U.S. Navy sailors, who “surrendered rather than opening fire.” Vice president Biden told CBS News, “there was no looking for any apology. This was just standard nautical practice.” It wasn’t “standard practice” to send planeloads of cash to Iran’s “death to America” Islamic regime, but the vice president had no problem with it.
Biden claimed to agree with the hit on Islamic state terrorist al-Baghdadi, but said it happened despite President Trump’s “ineptitude” as commander-in-chief. In January of 2020, when Trump took out Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Biden blasted Trump as a liar and said the strike “takes us a heck of a lot closer to war.”
During the 2020 campaign Biden said the Chinese Communists were “not bad folks,” and “not competition for us.” In January of 2020, when President Trump shut down travel from China, Biden called the move “xenophobic fear-mongering.” In 2021, Biden proclaims “I’m not going to speak out” against Chinese concentration camps or Chinese aggression in Taiwan and Hong Kong. For Joe Biden, China’s genocidal Communist regime operates under “different norms.” That surely pleases Xi Jinping, as he surveys the correlation of forces.
The United States has troops in Afghanistan but does not deploy the military to protect its own southern border, which Joe Biden has proclaimed open to all comers. American sailors surrendered to Iran, and Joe Biden approved. The FBI and America’s vaunted “intelligence community” failed to protect the nation against the 9/11 attacks, on the scale of Pearl Harbor, but this same community deployed in force against Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s 2020 opponent. Indeed, his administration regards people who voted for Trump as the primary threat to the United States.
When the primary threat was the Soviet Union, the United States never allowed the USSR to manufacture products for the American market, in the style of current deals with China. President Ronald Reagan, did serve in the U.S. military, during wartime, and had no relatives with lucrative business deals in Moscow. Reagan called the USSR an “evil empire,” and challenged Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.”
Joe Biden has never denounced a Chinese Communist regime that murdered more 60 million people, according to the Black Book of Communism. Even after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Sen. Biden wanted China in the World Trade Organization, without any accounting for genocide and with no democratic reforms. As vice president, Biden deployed his son Hunter to cultivate lucrative deals with Chinese companies.
Joe Biden is now the figurehead for term three of the “composite character” president David Garrow described in Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama. He was known for “leading from behind,” and the addled Biden even fails that absurdity. He’s already waved the white flag with Islamic terrorism and would doubtless do the same with Communist China, now preparing for war according to Admiral Davidson.