President Joe Biden is one of the worst presidents in American history. He is presiding over a turgid US economy that all but the wealthiest Americans are struggling to achieve any level of economic security in.
When he isn’t sleeping on vacation or licking ice cream cones, Biden spends most of his time dodging intense House Republican investigations into his alleged corruption and claiming that rival Republicans are the greatest threat to democracy.
Meanwhile, on the international stage, Biden is presiding over the greatest diminishment of American power in the country’s otherwise long history of greatness.
As wars erupt across the arc of Eurasia, the world teeters on the brink of a nuclear-armed third world war between the world’s greatest powers—including a weakened United States—over various hotspots, ranging from Ukraine to Israel to Taiwan. Unlike many other democracies, though, the United States has the resource base and human capital needed to be nearly completely self-sufficient.
Yet, for a variety of reasons (few of them good), the Americans are increasingly exposed to the unpredictable ravages of the rest of the world.
Biden Weakened America for Three Years
The Biden Administration has spent the last three years, under the aegis of protecting against global climate change, cutting domestic American energy production that has both kept the price of energy low and helped to better protect the United States from the instability that comes with being an oil dependent nation.
Under the Trump Administration, the US had become a net producer and exporter of fossil fuels, giving the United States considerable strategic advantages and economic freedom. Biden has effectively killed that.
Due to these poor decisions by Biden, America is more vulnerable to the ravages that come with being dependent on foreign sources of energy. Because the average price of energy has skyrocketed, too, the Biden Administration has spent the last three years depleting America’s strategic petroleum reserve (SPR).
Timed to help reduce the stratospheric price of energy at key points in domestic elections, Biden has been bleeding the SPR dry. On top of that, Biden has been sending the inherently limited amounts of oil in the SPR to Ukraine and other troubled allies to help them in their various fights.
Now that a Mideast war has erupted (which this author predicted coming a year ago), with the risk of that war triggering a wider, global war, the Biden Administration has truly weakened the United States needlessly. All Americans are going to be made to pay the price for Biden’s short-sighted, awful leadership.
What’s more, most of these conflicts, whether it be the Russo-Ukraine War, the Iranian-orchestrated Hamas-Israel conflict, or the likely Sino-Taiwan War, all could have been avoided—indeed were prevented by former President Trump—had we simply continued the Trump era foreign policy.
And as the threat of world war inches ever closer, things like American energy independence and having a robust emergency supply of oil sources in the SPR, would have proven decisive for helping America to survive whatever chaos is readying to befall us.
Sadly, however, Biden has ruined these things. America will be hurt and damaged far worse than it would have been had these crises erupted under a different, more competent (and cogent) American leader.
Biden is America’s Chernenko
Listening to Biden’s recent presidential speech from the Oval Office, most Americas were not reassured by the forty-sixth president. All but the most rank partisans were left feeling uneasy.
That speech was not a presidential statement of confidence or defiance against truly evil forces in the world. Instead, it was reminiscent of the kind of meandering, pointless, and slurred speeches of Konstantin Chernenko, the second-to-last leader of the dying Soviet Union.
Under Biden’s leadership, the United States has gone from the “indispensable nation” to the sick man of the world system. The rest of the world powers are now jockeying to put the sick man of the world out of his misery.
And our current spate of leaders are more inclined to help these nations along—either through perfidy or incompetence—in their cause to destroy whatever is left of the US-led world order.
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor and an energy analyst at the The-Pipeline, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at 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 occasionally serves as a Subject Matter Expert for various organizations, including the Department of Defense. He can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.
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