Post by EPIC Sir Tinley on Sept 21, 2022 10:50:13 GMT -8
Is Joe Biden Still President? His Aides Won’t Let Him Decide China Policy
Disarray on Taiwan: Is Biden Still Commander-in-Chief? – President Joe Biden may no longer be making foreign policy, and it is unclear whether he is still discharging the duties as commander-in-chief.
On “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Biden, in response to a question from Scott Pelley, declared the United States would send troops to defend Taiwan “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
“After the interview, a White House official said U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed,” CBS News reported. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Tuesday made the same point to CNN’s Phil Mattingly during the regular press briefing.
Biden’s clear words were, in fact, a stark change from America’s decades-old policy of “strategic ambiguity.” Pursuant to that policy, Washington does not tell either Beijing or Taipei whether it will defend the island republic from Chinese invasion.
This is the fourth time that Joe Biden as president, has publicly stated the U.S. will defend Taiwan. He made that pledge last August to ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos. The President repeated his words to CNN’s Anderson Cooper last October. Biden also said the same thing to a reporter in Tokyo in May.
White House and administration officials, both anonymously and on the record, have contradicted the President all four times.
It is not possible to reconcile Biden’s statements with the walkbacks by subordinates. Sullivan on Tuesday characterized Biden’s response to Pelley as merely an answer to a “hypothetical question.” “When the President of the United States wants to announce a policy change, he will do so,” Sullivan said to Mattingly. “He has not done so.”
By giving clear answers to Pelley and others, however, Biden effectively ended the policy of strategic ambiguity by clearing up the ambiguity. How can that not be a change of policy?
Biden, the commander-in-chief, is the one constitutionally charged with making American foreign policy. Yet his subordinates directly contradicted him, effectively exercising his powers. That suggests a constitutional coup.
So why should the American people care if someone other than Joe Biden is making policy and exercising his powers?
Because China and other hostile powers can perceive disarray in the Biden administration, and if, in fact, they do so, they are unlikely to be deterred by America.
Disarray can have real-world consequences, especially in a world that already appears to be transitioning from a period of general calm to one of constant turbulence.
A 19FortyFive Contributing Editor, Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China and The Great U.S.-China Tech War.
It's no secret that he isn't of sound mind and has no functional role in managing the office. That is a nice play for the party, but a disaster for the country. Someone must be the clear person in charge who is at once responsible and accountable for the operation and decisions of the administration.
Lost in Space
Same day, different gaffe.
This time, President Joe Biden – the leader of the free world – led a White House event on hunger and nutrition, during which he was meant to say a few words honoring Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.). And he did, as reported by RedState’s Sister Toldjah.
During the event, Biden was giving a speech and apparently, his notes (or the teleprompter) told him to make sure to honor former Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), who was the co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus.
The problem, however, came when Biden asked “Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie?” and looked around the room for the Congresswoman…
The problem in question is that Jackie Walorski, sadly, is dead. She has been since August when she perished in a tragic car accident.
In fact, Biden’s teleprompter was cueing him to speak about Walorski specifically because she is deceased. The man in possession of our nuclear football did not know the woman he was calling out for is dead, did not know he was supposed to be honoring her memory – because she is dead – and likely did not know what was supposed to happen after that moment.
It would be funny if it weren’t yet another humiliating gaffe in a string of Biden bumbles. Every time we see him out in public we are subjected to images of our President stumbling, walking with the fragility of a man who isn’t quite in control of all of his bodily functions, trying to shake hands with people who aren’t there, looking to handlers to help him find his way off a stage or out of a room…the list goes on and on.