June 28, 2020

Joe Biden is a Foreign Policy Disaster Who Has Always Been Weak On Russia

President Trump’s Administration has been tougher on Russia than any other administration in American history. Former Obama-Biden Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said “that’s true,” specifically citing “the magnitude of the sanctions.” And of course, while the United States refused to provide lethal aide to Ukraine on Joe Biden’s watch, President Trump got it done.

Gates has also said that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” From Biden’s support for the Iraq War (and his lies about it) to his decades-long defense of China to his opposition to the raid against Osama bin Laden (and his lies about it), it’s easy to see how that is true.

Biden also opposed President Trump’s decision to bring Iran’s top terrorist, Qasem Soleimani, to justice – despite the fact that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops in Iraq.

But Biden’s foreign policy record of failure and weakness also extends to Russia:

  • When President Obama traded “flexibility” on missile defense for Russia’s help in winning the 2012 election, Biden defended it.
  • Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Biden tried to buy Putin's support for the war by promising him that profits from seized Iraqi oil would go to Russia.
  • In 2012, Biden mocked the idea that Russia is a major adversary: “[Romney] acts like he thinks the Cold War is still on, Russia is still our major adversary. I don’t know where he has been. I mean, we have disagreements with Russia, but they’re united with us on Iran… One of only two ways we’re getting material into Afghanistan to our troops is through Russia. They’re working closely with us.”
  • Within weeks of becoming Vice President in 2009, Biden suggested a reset with Russia and a closer relationship: “The United States rejects the notion that NATO’s gain is Russia’s loss or that Russia’s strength is NATO’s weakness. The last few years have seen a dangerous drift in relations between Russia and the members of our alliance. It is time, to paraphrase President Obama, it is time to press the reset button. We need to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia. Our Russian colleagues long ago warned about the rising threat of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Today, NATO and Russia can and should cooperate to defeat this common enemy.”
  • In 2017, Biden campaign advisor Tony Blinken credited Biden as the first to advance the reset with Russia: “Vice President Biden was the one who first advanced the reset. The very first foreign policy speech of the Obama administration was at the Munich Security Conference in February of 2009. That was Biden, and that [speech] had the reset in it.”
  • In 2011, Biden strongly supported Russia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization: “We are working very hard to make WTO a reality for Russia and for us.  It’s very much in our interest as it is in Russia’s… The United States strongly supports Russia’s accession to the WTO.”
  • In 2013, Obama and Biden failed to enforce their “red line” in Syria, which ultimately emboldened Russia: “Putin likely believes that U.S. weakness gives him an opportunity to tilt the military balance back toward the Assad regime,” wrote The Washington Post editorial board.
  • In July 2019, Biden bizarrely claimed that Russian election interference did not happen on his watch: “While Putin is trying to undo our elections, he is undoing elections in Europe. Look what’s happened in Hungary. Look what’s happened in Poland. Look what’s happening. You think that would have happened on my watch or Barack’s watch? You can’t answer that, but I promise you it wouldn’t have, and it didn’t.”
  • Even Democrats admit that Obama and Biden “choked” in the face of Russia’s election interference: “I think the Obama Administration should have done a lot more,” said Rep. Adam Schiff.
  • Biden refused to take responsibility for the lack of a response to Russia’s election interference, instead blaming Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
  • When Russia invaded Crimea in 2014, Obama and Biden failed to provide lethal aide to Ukraine: “Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with blankets,” said Ukraine’s president.
  • Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott once wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and said that Vice President Biden “was thinking seriously about a Biden-Putin Commission.”
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