Geopolitical disaster

Last day of Pompeii - a suitable metaphor for disaster, including geopolitical disaster
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Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday the 26th day of March in this the year of our Lord 2021. On this Report, I will be talking about how a few foreign policy blunders have exposed what passes for the Biden Administration to the whole world as the aged dementia patient with old, unrealistic expectations that it is. Another possible title for this report might be America as laughingstock for the world especially Russia and China.

For the Castle Family we look up at the sky from the deck of our Germantown home and we can see nothing wrong, but we feel down in our very soul that there is something wrong. However, it is officially spring now and the weather is beautiful on most days. We are all healthy including the family daughter in her California seclusion.

Joe Biden’s handlers have known better – up to now

I will start this report by saying that under normal circumstances Joe Biden’s handlers, having learned their lesson, do not let him talk to foreign leaders and certainly not alone, so most of the conversations he was referring to with Vladimir Putin occurred while he was Vice President, that is, if they occurred at all. His recollection of them was on March 16, however, and therein lies the rub.

Joe Biden was a braggart and a blowhard long before he became President of the United States. For evidence I will reference his corn pop story whereby he was supposed to have bested a street thug named corn pop. Since that side of him is well known, his recent interview on ABC News was disingenuous in that the interviewer must have known of his disability as well as his penchant for bragging. His tendency to glorify himself was egged on by interviewer George Stephanopoulos who should have known better. He knew or should have known that President Biden suffers from dementia and can’t at times remember that he is president and not Kamala Harris.

First geopolitical disaster – the no-soul crack about Putin

When the interview started Biden could not seem to help himself. The report of the Democrat National Committee that accused Russia of interfering in the election to help Trump was raised by Stephanopoulos as a backdrop to the questions. Biden responded that he told Putin there would be serious consequences, etc. Then he went on to say that while alone in Putin’s office he recalled President Bush’s words that he looked into Putin’s soul. President Bush was trying to indicate that the two leaders saw eye to eye on things and he considered him trustworthy.

Biden, on the other hand, supposedly said directly to Putin, “I looked in your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.” Biden, who is reported to be a devout catholic, should know what an idiotic and unchristian thing that is, and to say it about the leader of Russia is just so unthinking, so unprofessional that I can’t see any leader saying it to another. That statement is bad enough, but then it got worse.

Further insults!

In a discussion about various Russians Putin supposedly assassinated abroad, Stephanopoulos asked Biden if he thinks Putin is a killer. Biden replied, I do. So, he said he told the Premier of Russia that he had no soul and then said on national television that the Russian Premier is a killer. Putin reacted in his usual calm way and just smiled when he was told about the interview. He later said when asked about it that as for his American colleague he wishes him good health.

I can imagine that Putin remembers other insults and slights by Biden over the years such as his referring to Putin as the KGB thug in charge of Russia. These are things one does not say to foreign leaders especially Russians who have exceptionally long memories. These people both have thousands of nuclear missiles at their disposal so it is shocking to think that the President of the United States would stoke his own ego at the risk of danger to the United States. Especially since he is so obviously cognitively impaired.

Putin had to act to assuage his people

Biden, when he is lucid, obviously believes that he has the upper hand with Russia and that Russia is without options. I would think that Putin probably sees Biden as the demented unfortunate that he appears to be, but the Russian people fueled by their press were outraged. A Russian diplomatic minister said,

this is the first time in history that an American leader has allowed himself a rude and unsubstantiated statement about Russia. Even in Soviet times, when the confrontation between the powers was at its peak not a single American President allowed himself to speak out in this way against a Soviet leader. These statements offend not only the president, but the entire country, all our citizens.

This incident marks one of the low points in American diplomatic history. This man who is supposed to be the leader of the free world can’t even speak in coherent sentences except to insult one of the most heavily armed nations on earth. One can easily see why Biden’s handlers will not let him talk to foreign leaders but instead Kamala Harris gets those calls. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this incident because wars have started over lesser statements.

Donald Trump never said things like this!

Donald Trump with all his bluster and narcissism never allowed himself to slip into public insults against Vladimir Putin. What about Biden’s killer statement on the merits? Suppose he did have Russian defectors killed on foreign soil. Isn’t that what countries do, i.e., act in their best interest? I guess Biden forgot about President Obama’s kill list where he met in the oval office each Tuesday and watched on video as over 100 names were presented for him to decide who would live and who would die.

What about the death by drone of Anwar al Awlaki, an American citizen in Yemen or many other deaths too numerous to count? I suppose that as the indispensable nation American presidents are not accountable for such things. Such obvious hypocrisy is so very unbecoming and unprofessional it is shameful. He will never be able to sit with Putin again, or attend joint meetings. How then can differences between us ever be resolved?

The debate challenge completes the geopolitical disaster

Putin, it seems, decided to have a little sport at Biden’s expense and rub American noses in their mess at the same time.

I’ve just thought of this now. I want to propose to President Biden to continue our discussion, but on the condition that we do it basically live, as it’s called. Without any delays and directly in an open, direct discussion. It seems to me that would be interesting for the people of Russia and for the people of the United States. I don’t want to put this off for long. I want to go to the taiga this weekend to relax a little, so we could do it tomorrow or Monday. We are ready at any time convenient for the American side.

Well, nice try Vlad and thanks for making our humiliation obvious to the whole world. I’m sure you know that our president can’t answer a simple question or speak to congress let alone debate you live with no prep time. I suppose I should be grateful that Putin has chosen to laugh openly at Biden and hold the more typical Russian response for later. This incident damaged, perhaps irreparably, the U.S. relationship with Russia. Now as Putin said, the United States only wants a hegemonic relationship with Russia, and to Russians, that is unacceptable.

The Chinese geopolitical disaster

If that were not enough to call Biden’s foreign policy a geopolitical disaster, his secretary of state conducted a disastrous first meeting with the Chinese. The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, a holdover from the Hillary Clinton state department, decided to meet with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska, a location convenient for both groups. The meeting in Anchorage was billed as a free and frank exchange of views.

It appears that Blinken and Sullivan intended to read the Chinese the riot act about the way the Biden Administration expected them to behave in this world. Blinken used phrases such as “deeply concerned” over Chinese actions regarding Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other contested areas, and especially its cyber attacks against the United States. This behavior, Blinken said, threatens the rules-based order that maintains global security. He might as well have added that these are rules you are required to follow but we are not required to follow because we control world opinion. Whatever he meant by the statement, it did not go well.

You Yanks shouldn’t get into a [censored] match with us!

Yang, the Chinese diplomat, speaking through an interpreter, replied “the United States does not have the qualifications to address China from a position of strength.” There is a very impolite translation of what that phrase means but it is not suitable for this Report. Yang went on to lecture the Americans for 20 minutes about how the U.S. capitulation to Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and other radical, revolutionary groups puts the U.S, in no position to lecture China.

Whichever nation is most at fault and which has the least morality, it was nevertheless a diplomatic disaster for the United States. You don’t have the qualifications any more with no response means I have called your bluff Mr. Blinken and unless you want to talk as equals this meeting is over. The Chinese have now passed the United States in total number of naval ships. They are developing through genetic manipulation, AI, and robotics a high-tech army, and they are a force to be reckoned with.

Selecting bad generals and admirals

The United States, on the other hand, continues to concentrate its military resources on finding generals who are down with the cause more than preparing to fight a conventional war against the Chinese. Women in combat and transexuals in uniform, and purging so called extremists, are all far more important to this administration than warfighting. The safety of the nation sometimes depends on the military and I therefore argue that warfighting ability and preparation should be job number one and whatever is second should be way behind.

Internationally, an attitude of contempt for America and its leaders seems to be forming. Who are the peers of the President of the United States? Congress or the Senate, cabinet members or bureaucrats no, his peers are the leaders of other nations. What do they think of this man and the image he presents to the world? Suffering from obvious dementia, at least China knows that he is corrupt and can be bought, the U.S. economy is over $28 trillion in debt and running an almost $4 trillion deficit. Millions are unemployed, businesses failing in record numbers, U.S. troops still in Afghanistan, and migrants overrunning our borders by the tens of thousands. The leaders of other nations know we have surrendered our moral authority.

The moral dimension of the geopolitical disaster

Finally, folks, Mr. Yang’s response that the United States does not have the qualifications to address China from a position of strength was referring to moral strength more than military. We do not have enough moral standing to address the Communist Chinese from a moral standpoint. A very sad moment and a geopolitical disaster.

At least that’s the way I see it.

Until next time folks,

This is Darrell Castle.

This article first appeared on Mr. Castle’s own site. It appears here by permission.

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Darrell Castle is an attorney in Memphis, Tennessee, a former USMC Combat Officer and 2008 Vice Presidential nominee. Darrell gives his unique analysis of current national and international events from a historical and constitutional perspective. You can subscribe to Darrell's weekly podcast at castlereport.us

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