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Biden’s First Overseas Venture Was a Disaster

Biden’s First Overseas Venture Was a Disaster

If you want to judge the scope of Biden’s foreign policy disaster, you need to take in the post-travel reports from the left-leaning media.  The various talking heads seemed to have difficulty in mounting their desired effusive praise – with the exception of the sycophants at “Morning Joe.”  For the most part, the elitist media were damning the trip with faint praise.

But not Joe Scarborough.  He declared it to be the most successful presidential foreign tour in modern history.  Geez!  The hyperbolic praise of Biden is getting totally ridiculous. 

What about President Nixon in China – ending the Cold War with Beijing?  President Reagan’s meeting with USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev – shattering the Soviet Union and ending the Cold War with Russia (at least until Vladimir Putin took over).  Even President Trump’s first foray overseas – in his case to Saudi Arabia and Israel – which led to a closer working relationship between the Jewish state and several Muslim-majority nations, which later culminated in actual peace treaties.  And Trump’s visit to North Korea, which ended belligerent missile testing and the return of prisoners and MIA remains.

Whatever one might thing of those presidents or the accomplishments, at least there were delivered “deliverables.”

CNN saw the Biden/Putin meeting as a win for both.  Sorry, but that is not even possible.  When two powerful adversaries meet, one will win and one will lose.

Biden’s main point at the G7 and NATO meetings was that America was back.  That is one of those statements that can mean anything any individual person may want it to mean.  Back to what?  The old talk … talk … talk diplomacy that failed so miserably in the past?  Judging from the outcome of the three major events on Biden’s schedule – G7, NATO and Putin – that would seem to be the case.

Biden staff set the bar low for the trip by saying up-front that there are not likely to be any “deliverables.” 

In diplomatic circles, that means nothing will be achieved and nothing changes in terms of real action … nothing.  And in that, Biden kept his word.

The G7 meeting produced nothing.  It was agreed that every serious issue would be subject to future discussion.  The talks produced only a promise to talk more in the future.  There were no actions to be taken against China for concealing the truth about Covid-19 – as well as their continued hegemony over the South China Sea, the genocidal campaign against the Uighurs, the unfair trade practices, the stealing of intellectual property, and any other of China’s anti-American, anti-Europe activities.

There were no actions to be taken against Russia for seizing part of Ukraine, forcibly annexing Georgia, cyber attacks on the United States, meddling in American elections, aggressive military action in the Middle East, knocking off opposition leaders and so much more.

NATO did issue a toothless communique critical of China and Russia – but like the G7, there was no enforcement … no action.  Just more talk about talking more in the future.  The worthlessness of the NATO communique was evident in the fact that none of the NATO nations announced sanctions against China or Russia.  Au contraire.  They intend to continue to do business with the Communist Bobbsey Twins as they have in the past.  And that is also true of the United States.

Bonn, specifically, has moved ahead with the Russian pipeline that would ship gas to Germany – providing billions of dollars for the shaky Russian economy.  It is the opposite of sanctions – but rather a positive benefit to Vladimir Putin.

Was Biden up to the task?

In some ways, Biden was reminiscent of President Franklin Roosevelt at the post-World War II Yalta Conference between Winston Churchill of Great Britain, Joseph Stalin of Russia and Roosevelt.  Russia came out the winner. And many historians attribute that to the weakened condition of FDR, who died just a couple months later.  That is not to say that Biden was as bad off as Roosevelt. But his weakness was on display throughout the meetings.  He had a number of “Biden moments.”

The stamina difference between Putin and Biden was evident in (1) the fact that Biden refused to speak directly to Putin in a public press conference and (2) in the comparison of the two world leaders when the spoke separately.  Biden’s press conference was about 20 minutes – and he took questions only from a few reporters who were previously designated.  It was embarrassing to see Biden reach into his pocket as say that he has been provided with a prioritized list of reporters to call upon.  And even then, Biden’s performance was shaky at times.  At one point, he blew up at a reporter who raised a question but was not on the approved list.

It may have been the reason that they decided that Biden would not stand next to Putin in a post-meeting press conference.  It showed a lack of confidence on Biden’s part. But his handlers apparently thought that was less damaging than a public face-to-face meeting.

Putin, on the other hand, was robust during his two-hour press conference. He took questions randomly for the full press corps.

Biden did meet with Putin in private and claims to have raised the critical issues with the Moscow Murderer.  We do not know if he really did, but we do know that nothing changed.  There was no release of prisoners.  In fact, Biden did not even get Putin to promise to end the cyber attacks on the United States or stop meddling in our elections.  Putin’s response to those issues was a hearty laugh and a blanket denial that Russia does such things.

Biden did provide a list of the sixteen strategic infrastructures that Russia and the United States should agree are off-limits in terms of cyberattacks. It was a nutty proposal.  The ENTIRE United States should be off limits from criminal cyber-attacks.  Of course, Putin did not even agree to that. 

And what about those microwave attacks on American embassies that are believed to be carried out by Russia?  Not a word about those.

There was one specific outcome of the chat with Putin.  We will again exchange ambassadors – somewhat normalizing our relationship with Russia.  Of course, that is the last thing we need to be doing until we see movement on our issues from the Kremlin.

The failure of the Putin meeting to accomplish anything beneficial for the United States was evident in the feeble closing joint statement.  To wit:

We, President of the United States of America Joseph R. Biden and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, note the United States and Russia have demonstrated that, even in periods of tension, they are able to make progress on our shared goals of ensuring predictability in the strategic sphere, reducing the risk of armed conflicts and the threat of nuclear war.

The recent extension of the New START Treaty exemplifies our commitment to nuclear arms control. Today, we reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.

Consistent with these goals, the United States and Russia will embark together on an integrated bilateral Strategic Stability Dialogue in the near future that will be deliberate and robust. Through this Dialogue, we seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.

Nothing but empty rhetoric about future talks and potential agreements from a man who cannot be trust to keep his word – referring to Putin, in this case.

There were no hoped for “deliverables,” and, indeed, there were none.  But in terms of the imagery, Biden lost at every conference and meeting.  Even his claim of normalizing the relationship between America and the rest of the world failed.  Despite the partisan praise, America came away no stronger, no more influential than it was before the meetings – arguably even losing the public relations game.

Oh … for sure many of the foreign leaders praised Biden and looked forward to his return to diplomatic normalcy.  You know … the sort of normalcy in which the United States is the international sugar daddy.

Biden closed off his performance by saying, “I did what I came here to do.”  

He intended to do nothing – and that is exactly what he accomplished.

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.

12 Comments

  1. Ben

    Larry, we are obviously grading on a curve after the class clown brought the average down during the last administration.

    But something else caught my eye that sums up the most pressing world view that is hindering America’s standing domestically and abroad.
    You say,” CNN saw the Biden/Putin meeting as a win for both. Sorry, but that is not even possible. When two powerful adversaries meet, one will win and one will lose.“
    If I know there is no room for compromise, only win or lose, why would I try to work with you? Life is a series of compromises. A win at all cost attitude is toxic, in your home life, your employment, domestic policy, and international diplomacy.
    Win at all costs is why we are so deeply divided, if I know republicans only goal is to beat me and win, why would I even consider working with them? I hope that Democratic law makers wake up to this and go the nuclear option and destroy the filibuster. It is the only way to accomplish anything when the opposition force has repeatedly vowed to obstruct everything in hopes of making Democratic Presidents one term.

    • StLouisSteve

      Hard to believe so many people have their heads to firmly stuck where the sun don’t shine…After four years of “Resist” and Schumer and his buddies using the filibuster to stop legislation, it is now the Republicans who are obstructionists after five months.
      Our founders created the Senate to be the compromises. They would take partisan legislation from the Peoples’ House are try to find a logical resolution.
      Are the Republicans correct all of the time? No. Are the Democrats correct all of the time? No. They should all be working for the good of the Country AND the good of its CITIZENS.
      After five months of this horrific administration, all of Congress should be demanding a cognitive test. If (when) Biden fails the test, it will then be time to start impeaching the Ho.

      • Ben

        Steve.
        Republicans invented obstructionism. “My only goal is to make Obama a one term President.”
        How do you think Trump got to appoint so many judges? It wasn’t because as trump said,” I guess Obama didn’t like appointing judges.” It was because McConnell blocked over 150 of Obama’s nominees.
        “Person, Man, woman, camera, tv” “it was really hard”. People couldn’t believe I scored perfect!”
        Come on Steve. Turn off OAN

    • Larry P Horist

      Ben … you never seem to get it. I never suggested that it must be a win at all costs … or even a winner take all. There is always room for compromise. But when it comes to negotiations, one side will always do a bit better than the other. In this case, we lost all around. Biden got nothing from Putin and nothing from our allies — such as cutting back business ties to China and the cancelling of the Russian pipeline to Germany. It is ironic that when Biden speaks well of Putin … and vice versa — it is great. When Trump did the same … it is treason. I would engage more with you if you did not have the habit of putting words in my mouth as your straw man.

  2. Dan Tyree

    Joe revealed to the world that he’s retarded

  3. Americafirst

    Joke Biden was NOT at the G7 conference. Someone hired by the administration was in a full body face mask. Someone with the same stature as Joke Biden. Joke Biden has been in Walter Reid Hospital since June 1st due to a stroke. Putin even got fooled. Who the hell is running our country? This is an act of pure treason!

    • Larry P Horist

      I hope you are satirizing Biden’s trip overseas. I have never been a fan of outrageous conspiracy theories — but I do see a lot of them. For me a conspiracy theory has to have some evidence. For example, I do believe that high-ranking FBI officials conspired against Trump based on hard and circumstantial evidence. Believe me … that was pure Biden in Europe. If they had phonied up an imposter, I think the United States might have done better … lol

  4. art

    Joe would ‘ve had a hard time hitting the floor if drop something

  5. Hatman1793

    Nice read & nice analysis Larry. His Fraudulencey Mad King Biden* failed spectacularly on the world stage. What kind of leader brings & displays cue-cards?

  6. Lee

    Ben is your typical liberal! Lead around by the nose by MSM! Can’t even begin to think for himself!
    Propaganda hasn’t been waged on him,

    • Ben

      Lee, my views haven’t changed much in 30 years, but I’ve gone from being labeled a moderate Democrat to a “flaming socialist, Marxist, communist”. It’s not me who has had propaganda waged on me. It’s fox and OAN viewers….

  7. Ben

    Larry, according to the latest polls, Biden almost doubled the positive view of America after this over seas trip. Moving the polls from 34% positive to 67%.
    Not that much of a disaster I guess.