In case you hadn’t heard, President Joe Biden announced an escalation in America’s ongoing involvement in the Russo-Ukraine War.
He has activated 3,000 reservists and has told them to be ready for deployments to Europe. Normally, calling up the reserves is the first step of taking America to war. In this case, it’s even weirder: Biden is saying simply to “be ready” to go to Europe.
Like so much that Biden does, few–probably even Biden himself–actually know what’s really going on.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin continues reminding his Western interlocutors that he’s got an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons that he’s moved into Belarus. And while Biden’s actions might ordinarily evoke consternation and concern, few Americans seem to have noticed that the forty-sixth president is escalating.
Maybe it’s the way that the mainstream media covers for Biden. Or the fact that, traditionally, Americans don’t really care about international events. There’s also the problem that most of our communities here in the United States are in such disrepair we simply don’t have time to notice what’s going on beyond the proverbial fence.
I’ve got a simpler theory: it’s because no one—not the American people or the rest of the world—really takes Biden seriously.
The man is 80 years-old. Almost nothing he says in public anymore is sensible. He gives crowds the creeps, too. Biden has been dogged by accusations that he is experiencing age-related cognitive decline. The octogenarian president has done little to dissuade people of that notion.
Biden regularly shakes hands with people who aren’t there. The president is apparently quick to anger when dealing with his staff, over the slightest of issues. Plus, the forty-sixth president is now famous for playing slip-n-slide with flat, dry stages, such as he did while emceeing the recent Air Force Academy graduation.
Biden has routinely been pictured holding notecards with the simplest reminders, indicating this is an individual who is cognitively impaired on some level. Biden has now twice fallen walking up the stairs into Air Force One. He has slid on a few stone steps while meeting with the Japanese leader. Biden has conjured the dead during one of his public speeches.
And he’s fallen while on a stationary bike.
More Problems for Joe Biden
By the way, President Biden again fell up the stairs going into Air Force One after making his big show of force at the NATO summit.
This is not a man many people take seriously. Insofar as Biden is taken seriously, it is merely because he happens to hold the title of President of the United States (POTUS). But that only carries so much weight these days.
Everyone intuitively understands that Mr. Biden is not, in fact, actually in charge. He’s got a team of ideologues surrounding him, keeping the old man going.
As I’ve written in these pages before, Biden is America’s Konstantin Chernenko, one step away from collapse, surrounded by a team of apparatchiks, desperately trying to keep everything together with nothing more than spit-and-polish.
No one is buying it anymore.
That’s the real reason for why few people even took notice of this insane escalation by Biden. No one believes that his man who can’t even reliably mount a simple staircase is capable of surmounting whatever threat Washington’s foreign policy elite think that Russia poses us presently.
This is a most dangerous moment in our nation’s history.
We are led by a man whose brain and body are not in sync, but who is apparently (maybe?) moving US troops into a continent at war, against a Russian foe who has expressed little compunction about using nuclear weapons to change the conditions on the ground in their favor. Biden’s burgeoning senility used to be the stuff of eyerolls and jokes. Now, it might take us to war against an enraged nuclear power.
Americans were assured that, with the election of Joe Biden in 2020, “the adults were back in charge.” Funny, it doesn’t feel that way.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (Encounter Books), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.