Biden's "Nothing Will Fundamentally
Change" Promise Extends To His Foreign Policy
By Moon Of Alabama
March 04, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" - "America is back"
claimed Joe Biden to no ones amusement. But the
world has changed after four years of Trump and
after a pandemic upset the world. The U.S. position
in this world and its role in it have thereby also
changed. To just claim one is back without adopting
to the new situation promises failure.
As candidate Joe Biden promised that there would
be no changes.
Joe Biden to rich donors: "Nothing would
fundamentally change" if he's elected
Former Vice President Joe Biden assured rich
donors at a ritzy New York fundraiser that
“nothing would fundamentally change” if he is
Biden told donors at an event at the Carlyle
Hotel in Manhattan on Tuesday evening that he
would not “demonize” the rich and promised that
“no one’s standard of living will
change, nothing would fundamentally change,”
Bloomberg News reported.
That Biden statement destroyed the illusion of
those who had hoped that he would lift the standard
of living for the average Amercian.
Biden stayed true to his words at the fundraiser.
There will be no rise in the minimum wage. The
$2,000 checks he promised to all voters will now be
only $1,400 checks. They will also be
heavily means tested. Those who made more than
$80,000 in 2019 but lost their income in 2020 will
get no check at all.
Even as they hold the White House and the House
and Senate majorities the Democrats are unable or
unwilling to deliver basic progress. This will
likely cost them their House majority in 2022 and
the presidency in 2024.
Biden's "nothing will fundamentally change"
attitude extends into foreign policy.
Secretary Pompeo @SecPompeo -
0:29 UTC · Dec 21, 2019
Today, the #ICC prosecutor raised serious
questions about the ICC’s jurisdiction to
investigate #Israel. Israel is not a state party
to the ICC. We firmly oppose this
unjustified inquiry that unfairly targets Israel.
The path to lasting peace is through direct
Secretary Antony Blinken @SecBlinken -
1:34 UTC · Mar 4, 2021
The United States firmly opposes an
@IntlCrimCourt investigation into the
Palestinian Situation. We will continue to
uphold our strong commitment to Israel and its
security, including by opposing actions
that seek to target Israel unfairly.
With that, and with its lack of punishment for
the Saudi clown prince, the Biden administration
has blinked on human rights which it had
emphasized in earlier statements.
That nothing will change is also expressed in two
policy papers the Biden administration released
yesterday. The early emphasis on human rights, which
distinguished it from the Trump administration, is
The common theme is now 'democracy' as if that
were not just a form of government but a value in
The White House published an
Interim National Security Strategic Guidance
(pdf). The paper is dripping with ideological
LGBTQWERTY librulism. Its central claim is that
'democracy' is under threat:
At a time when the need for American engagement
and international cooperation is greater than
ever, however, democracies across the
globe, including our own, are increasingly under
siege. Free societies have been
challenged from within by corruption,
inequality, polarization, populism, and
illiberal threats to the rule of law.
Nationalist and nativist trends – accelerated by
the COVID-19 crisis – produce an
every-country-for-itself mentality that leaves
us all more isolated, less prosperous, and less
safe. Democratic nations are also increasingly
challenged from outside by antagonistic
authoritarian powers. Anti-democratic
forces use misinformation,
disinformation, and weaponized corruption to
exploit perceived weaknesses and sow division
within and among free nations, erode existing
international rules, and promote
alternative models of authoritarian governance.
Reversing these trends is essential to our
It then singles out China:
We must also contend with the reality that the
distribution of power across the world is
changing, creating new threats. China,
in particular, has rapidly become more
assertive. It is the only competitor
potentially capable of combining its economic,
diplomatic, military, and technological power to
mount a sustained challenge to a stable
and open international system. Russia remains
determined to enhance its global influence and
play a disruptive role on the world stage. Both
Beijing and Moscow have invested heavily in
efforts meant to check U.S. strengths and
prevent us from defending our interests and
allies around the world. Regional actors like
Iran and North Korea continue to pursue
game-changing capabilities and technologies,
while threatening U.S. allies and partners and
challenging regional stability. We also face
challenges within countries whose governance is
fragile, and from influential non-state actors
that have the ability to disrupt American
To fight China the U.S. will (ab)use its allies:
We can do none of this work alone. For that
reason, we will reinvigorate and modernize our
alliances and partnerships around the world. For
decades, our allies have stood by our side
against common threats and adversaries, and
worked hand-in-hand to advance our shared
interests and values. They are a tremendous
source of strength and a unique American
advantage, helping to shoulder the
responsibilities required to keep our nation
safe and our people prosperous. Our
democratic alliances enable us to present a
common front, produce a unified vision, and pool
our strength to promote high standards,
establish effective international rules, and
hold countries like China to account.
Good luck with that. Neither the European U.S.
allies, nor the Asian ones, have any interest in
following the U.S. into a confrontation with China.
It is their greatest trading partner and they do not
perceive it as an ideological or security threat.
A speech Secretary of State Anthony Blinken gave
yesterday touches on the same points. It is
A Foreign Policy for the American People
The main theme is again 'democracy':
The more we and other democracies can
show the world that we can deliver, not
only for our people, but also for each other,
the more we can refute the lie that
authoritarian countries love to tell, that
theirs is the better way to meet people’s
fundamental needs and hopes. It’s on us
to prove them wrong.
So the question isn’t if we will support
democracy around the world, but how.
We will use the power of our example. We will
encourage others to make key reforms, overturn
bad laws, fight corruption, and stop unjust
practices. We will incentivize democratic
But we will not promote democracy
through costly military interventions or by
attempting to overthrow authoritarian regimes by
force. We have tried these tactics in the past.
However well intentioned, they haven’t worked.
They’ve given democracy promotion a bad name,
and they’ve lost the confidence of the American
people. We will do things differently.
The "lie that authoritarian countries love to
tell, that their's is the better way to meet
people’s fundamental needs and hopes" is targeted at
China. But that China did and does much better than
the U.S. to meet its people's needs and hope is not
a lie. The pandemic has again demonstrated that.
The last quoted paragraph has seen some positive
attention on social media. But it is based on a
falsehood. The U.S. has not once used military means
to 'promote democracy'. Not ever. It has used war to
gain markets and power, to destroy its competition.
The neo-conservatives have claimed to be motivated
by 'democracy promotion'. But that was always just a
pretext to hide the real reasons for waging war.
Iraq became democratic not because the U.S. wanted
it to be that. In fact, after invading Iraq the the
U.S. pro-consul Paul Bremer tried to prevent
universal elections in Iraq. Only the insistence of
Ayatollah Sistani on a universal vote led to a
somewhat democratic system in Iraq.
Blinken is, just like Pompeo before him, focused
And eighth, we will manage the biggest
geopolitical test of the 21st century: our
relationship with China.
Several countries present us with serious
challenges, including Russia, Iran, North Korea.
And there are serious crises we have to deal
with, including in Yemen, Ethiopia, and Burma.
But the challenge posed by China is
different. China is the only country
with the economic, diplomatic, military, and
technological power to seriously challenge the
stable and open international system – all the
rules, values, and relationships that make the
we want it to, because it
ultimately serves the interests and reflects the
values of the American people.
That there is no change from the Trump to the
Biden administration in hostility to China
is disappointing only for those who had expected
Pang Zhongying, a specialist in international
relations at Ocean University of China, said
Beijing would be disappointed with the Biden
administration’s approach to “continue and even
elevate” the tough policies of the Trump era and
to strengthen alliances to deal with China.
“There does not seem to be any change yet in
the serious tensions in China-US relations,” he
said. “I think there may be some frustration in
Beijing that after more than 40 days [of the new
administration] they have not seen any change
but there is actually more pressure from the
Beijing will manage the conflict and it is likely
to see it as a chance.
The U.S. failure to adopt to new circumstances
will accelerate its demise. The U.S. empire was a
historical abnormality and
its twilight is near:
[The Realist professors of International
Relations David Blagden and Patrick Porter]
observe America’s “position as ‘global leader’
is premised on a set of impermanent and atypical
conditions from an earlier post-war era”, but “the
days of incontestable unipolarity are over, and
cannot be wished back”. The result is
that “overextension abroad, exhaustion and
fiscal strain at home, and political disorder
feed off one another in a downward spiral,
cumulatively threatening the survival of the
The US empire is, then, at an impasse.
Its moral and political justification of
overseeing a global order of universal liberal
democracy — the closest real-world
equivalent to the Kantian perpetual peace that
has both motivated and eluded liberal idealists
for the past two centuries — is now
beyond its capabilities to maintain.
How does this end for America? Biden and
the presidents after him will be forced to make
a hard choice: whether to retrench to a smaller
and more manageable empire, or to risk a far
greater and more dramatic collapse in defence of
Biden has made his choice. Nothing will
fundamentally change under him. He is thereby likely
to repeat all of Trump's foreign policy failures.
There will be no new JCPOA with Iran nor will there
be any win for the U.S. in the Middle East. North
Korea will continue to test bombs and missiles. The
U.S. will continue to be stuck in Afghanistan. The
Chinese-Russian alliance will strengthen. U.S.
allies will further distance themselves from it.
We can not yet know what, at what point will
cause the collapse of U.S. hegemony. But we are
coming more near to it.
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