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Biden’s Bombs Big at UN

Biden’s Bombs Big at UN

There were two reactions that suggest that President Biden’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly bombed.  

The first reactions were from the media personalities who would be expected to spin the speech in favor of Biden.  As expected, they were not overtly critical, but one could say that the President’s remarks were “damned by faint praise” – as the expression goes.  Their spin was as bland as the speech, itself.  They more or less repeated what Biden said without a lot of enthusiasm.  If anyone had called it a great speech, I did not find them as I cruised the stations.

There was a lot of interpreting what Biden was “signaling” in various portions of his speech – and opinions of what he meant varied.  That, in and of itself, shows that there was a lack of specificity.  He was merely offering up a wonderfully generalized wish list – hoping to solve every human problem. 

According to the Biden policies, America would engage in melancholy diplomacy to avoid another Cold War … to bring peace to the middle east … to alleviate the suffering of the masses due to war, hunger, disease … to defeat climate change … to come to the aid of minorities, women, gays … and to smite the Covid Pandemic.  zzzzzzzzzzzzz.

You must give the guy credit.  He gave promise to be the problem solver – if not for every person on earth, at least every left-wing interest group.  

What he did not address was how he would do any of those things.  What is he going to DO about the deadly oppression in Afghanistan … the tens of thousands at or heading to the southern border … Chinese expansionism and illegal trade practices … those North Korean ICBMs … Hamas firing rockets to kill Israeli civilians?  You know, those real problems that cannot be resolved by aspirational hopes and dreams.  

On the other hand, the criticism of the speech was blistering – especially from the international community.  President Macron of France ignored commenting – but the recalled French ambassador let it be known that the Franco-American rift was not inconsequential.  Which is understandable since Macron is not happy with Biden – so UNhappy that he withdrew the French ambassador.

Nile Gardiner, of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, called the speech “empty rhetoric” and a bunch of “hot air.”  Judging from the various post-speech comments, one might conclude that Biden’s remarks were not well received by the world community.

In a sense, Biden said all the right things – all the wouldn’t-it-be-nice things.  So why did the speech bomb so badly?

The first problem is that it was a typical Biden speech – filled with his typical aspirational generalizations that proposed the solving of all international problems.  To make that kind of speech effective you have to have something Biden does not – credibility.

How about that threat Biden made — that America would use military force when necessary – that evergreen allusion to America’s alleged military strength.  That had to be a laugh line – but it got no laughs.

When he talked about fighting terrorism — even in Afghanistan, the logical response was … WHAT!  Didn’t you just surrender to one of the worst terrorist organizations in the world?  Didn’t you cause the crisis at the southern border?  Didn’t you signal that America was not about to involve its military on behalf of other nations?

The only substance in Biden’s speech had to do with money.  He did use the occasion to dangle billions of dollars of American taxpayer money in front of the world leaders.  For them, that was probably the high point of the speech.  At least Biden is not shutting down the American money spigot.

His offers of money is reminiscent of the Mafia protection racket.  We will give you money if you don’t hurt us.  But then, I was raised in Chicago.

For all its weaknesses, Biden’s speech was probably the best he could do because outside of an aspirational wish list, he has nothing to offer but one foreign policy failure and misstep after another.  Biden’s address to the UN also demonstrates why he avoided being questioned in public more than any President in modern times.  He does not have any good answers.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

5 Comments

  1. Dan Tyree

    Good job retard. You only get one first impression

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      Larry, your laundry list of world problems that the US must solve – Afghanistan, China, trade, North Korea, the Israeli-Palestinian crisis (and last I saw, Israel was killing a lot more Palestinians than vice-versa) – all these hot spots were things that Trump made worse during his term. And on top of that, Biden has to overcome the world’s scepticism of US policy because of Trump’s idiocy over the past 4 years. Biden has been in office less than a year, how fast do you expect him to fix all the world’s problems? It will take a while for the US to gain back the respect it had pre-Trump, maybe even a generation.

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      • Dan Tyree

        Retard joe couldn’t fix anything if he served 10 terms. His kind is most of America’s problems. He’s a total embarrassment and nobody knows what his token is up to. She’s a no show. Even the liberal media knows it. His polling numbers are much worse than Trump’s ever way. Don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just saying what the polls actually show. But you leftist cult members are too damned stupid to believe it

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  2. Arthur

    Larry,
    Before starting your repeated rants about your perceived Biden blunders consider the massive log in your conservative Republican red eye. The spec in Biden’s eye pales in comparison..
    You point a boney crooked old finger and pontificate with assumed authority railing on all things the Democratic Party proposes.
    For all the goings on in the GOP they have nothing positive to contribute considering our nation’s several crisis situations. Why do you focus on Democrats’ efforts attempting remedies for issues long in the making from the last Century to the present. Republicans elected to serve all Americans sit idly on their hands lifting not one finger to solve any of the issues confronting each one of us. You are among the “us”.
    If you believe you have influence and a following for support why not direct it towards moving Republican officials to do some bi-partisan unity building.
    Invest your wit, wisdom, and incisive commentary on stimulating creativity in the Republican caucus, for a change. .

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      Well, to your last point, that’s easy… Larry has no influence whatsoever… He writes for a little far-right conservative Republican website, where his 5 or 10 ultra-right nutjobs chime in like a Greek chorus, and he argues with 3-4 liberals who (unsuccessfully) try to keep him honest. And the last time he tried to suggest that it’s a good idea to get the COVID vaccine, all the nutjobs came out to berate him, so he can’t even influence them. So, he just keeps on bashing Democrats because that’s what his meager little reader base wants, and truthfully, it’s the only reason he’s paid by this website. They don’t have middle-of-the-road writers, and damned sure wouldn’t hire a liberal or progressive writer. Punching Bag Post has Geriatric Larry (aka Geri-Larry) in the ring punching at strawmen that don’t punch back, and that’s how they want it.

      PBP, Geri-Larry, and pretty much all of the Republicans in Congress will follow Trump to the bitter end, even though everything he touches turns to shit and he’s already proven that he’s a one-trick pony. Trump declared bankruptcy in the one business that is like printing money (casinos), and has proven himself a loser time and time again. But hey, losers gotta lose.

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