The warning shot across America's bow
By Mark Alexander
I have crossed paths with Secretary Gates many times over the years at War College briefings and other venues. I put far more credence on his assessment than anything we are currently hearing from Joe Biden and company.
You may recall his assessment of Biden's abject ineptitude, asserting correctly that Biden has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue" over the course of his career, and noting also Biden's opposition to "every one of Ronald Reagan's military programs to contest the Soviet Union."
Indeed, as "leader" of the free world, Biden has repeatedly demonstrated his penchant for being wrong.
Remember when candidate Biden was promoting himself as the foreign policy expert with "the experience to lead"? According to the Biden campaign: "We live in the most dangerous moment in a generation. Our world, set on edge by an erratic, unstable president. This is a moment that requires strong, steady, stable leadership. We need someone tested and trusted around the world. This is a moment for Joe Biden — a president with the experience to lead."
Biden declared that Barack Obama chose him as a running mate because of his foreign policy expertise.
On the campaign trail, he insisted: "Right now, we don't really have a foreign policy. I'm not being facetious — we don't have a foreign policy." And as a consummate liar, he repeated this fabrication: "We are embracing thugs like [Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un. This president's talking about love letters with a butcher." Biden insisted that we need a president "who can truly unite this nation at home and someone who can command the respect of world leaders on day one." He concluded: "Day One you gotta be able to stand up and the world know you know what you're talking about. Know you know what you're saying. And know you mean what you say. We have to set aside our divisions and come together as Americans."
And how did that turn out?
Hamas rose again because, as was the case in Afghanistan and Ukraine, power does not tolerate a vacuum or a vacuous appeaser like Biden. He empowered Iran by releasing billions of dollars to this rogue regime in exchange for six hostages, and by ignoring Iran's sale of 1.5 million barrels of oil daily to its ally, the Red Chinese, despite sanctions.
And now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant face the additional strategic challenge posed by Iran's other terror surrogate, its Lebanese Hezbollah cells, attacking from the north.
Meanwhile, Biden was busy last week distracting the short attention spans of his Demo Party constituents by promoting the 50th birthday of thug George Floyd in an effort to reinvigorate his "systemic racism" charade. Biden trotted out his "police reform" rhetoric, declaring, "I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for police accountability and urge Congress to pass meaningful police reform and send it to my desk."
Then it was off to Israel for some regional "shuttle diplomacy," but Hamas short-circuited that plan by launching the first of many propaganda campaigns, this one claiming the IDF targeted and bombed a Gaza hospital. Despite copious evidence to the contrary, the Leftmedia talkingheads and scribes dutifully repeated that propaganda because, after all, you can trust Islamic terrorists!
For the record, Israel and Iran both know that the IDF incident report can be corroborated by our intelligence overwatch assets in the region, but that did not stop Iran's foreign minister from declaring: "Time is running out very fast. If the war crimes against the Palestinians are not immediately stopped, other multiple fronts will open and this is inevitable."
As is the case with Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the mainstream media dupes are churning this conflict as if it were a checkers game, when in fact it is a three-dimensional chess game — and Iran is at expert level when it comes to Western media manipulation.
And that manipulation resulted in our principal Middle East ally, King Abdullah II of Jordan, canceling his scheduled meeting with Biden, who was hoping for a photo op to appear like he has some gravitas in the region. That meeting, along with his canceled meeting with "Palestinian Authority" leader Mahmoud Abbas, should never have been scheduled — and now is just more fodder for the Biden clown show.
Suffice it to say that Joe Biden makes Jimmy Carter look like a great statesman.
Back to reality, in a recent analytical post, "The Dysfunctional Superpower," Dr. Gates asks, "Can a divided America deter China and Russia?"
According to Gates:
Folks, on our near horizon is an existential threat to the U.S. and our allies resulting from Biden's ineptitude and appeasement. He has enabled Iran's rapidly approaching rollout of its nuclear "Islamic bomb," and the first line against that threat has been, and remains, Israel.
Meanwhile, on our immediate horizon posing an imminent existential threat is China. Though it is beset with its own internal economic decline, Xi and his ChiComs know the best way to divert attention from domestic problems is to rally nationalism. Thus, the potential for China's surge across the Taiwan straits is a greater risk now than ever.
Kinda makes you long for some mean tweets, doesn't it!
Joe Biden himself has proven to be the red flag warning shot across America's bow. In his own words: "Right now, we don't really have a foreign policy. I'm not being facetious — we don't have a foreign policy."
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.