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President Trump was a leader who displayed intelligence and strength. During his presidency, America was respected, and its enemies knew not to test his resolve. President Biden, on the other hand, projects weakness and a lack of resolve. His policies revolve around one fundamental and failed principal, appeasement. As a result, America is less safe.
History is replete with examples where appeasement has miserably failed.
When the Nazis’ rose to power in 1933, Winston Churchill warned of the dangers of German nationalism. Churchill was a staunch opponent of appeasement and warned Neville Chamberlain of the dangers associated with this failed approach. As reported in HistoryExtra, “Appeasement reached its climax in September 1938 with the Munich Agreement. At the time, “Chamberlain hoped to avoid a war over Czechoslovakia by conceding to Adolf Hitler’s demands.” In 1939, just one year later, Hitler broke his promise(s), and Britain was, again, at war with Germany.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter was unable to obtain the release of many Americans who were taken hostage by militants at the American embassy in Teheran. The Iran crisis lasted for 444 days and portrayed Carter as weak and ineffective. It was only after Ronald Reagan was elected that the hostages were released.
Finally, in 2015, the United States, led by former President Barack Obama, Iran, and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was intended to deal with Iran’s nuclear development program. At its core, Iran “agreed” to strictly “limit” its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the country.
In reality, Iran had no intention of slowing down its nuclear program. As a matter of fact, as reported by the National Review, Iran was given secret exemptions (by way of “side deals” that were not fully disclosed to Congress) from some of the key requirements of the deal. One of the more serious exemptions/side deals concerned an alleged agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran “allowing Iran to inspect itself for evidence of past nuclear weapons work.” Per the agreement, the IAEA was supposed to be doing the monitoring. This wasn’t the only exemption/side deal, as Iran allegedly secretly received $400 million in cash to win the release of four Americans held by Iran, and an additional $1.3 billion which Congress was not informed of.
The JCPOA was a terrible, and one-side deal. As sanctions against Iran were lifted, Iran continued to pursue its nuclear weapons program. Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, also condemned the deal.
Sadly, Biden and his left-wing colleagues in Congress have not learned despite history’s painful lessons. Rather than leading from a position and power and strength, Biden and Democrats in Congress continue to promote policies that appease and embolden the nation’s enemies, make the nation less safe, and make America look weak and timid on the world stage.
Biden’s approach towards Iran is one of weakness and appeasement. As recently reported in The Hill:
Just days after U.S. forces in Iraq suffered casualties from a rocket attack likely launched by an Iran-backed militia, the Biden administration appeared to turn the other cheek by signaling openness last week to talks with Iran to reenter the flawed nuclear deal that President Donald Trump rightly quit in 2018.
It is becoming clear that with the Biden administration, the American people can expect a strategy of appeasement in the Middle East and a foreign policy mashup of President Barack Obama’s worst hits: reentering the failed Iran nuclear deal, rolling back America’s restored alliances, and sapping momentum from the Abraham Accords.
Unsurprisingly, Iran used the nuclear deal’s massive financial windfall to fund proxy wars, terrorism, missiles, cyber attacks, and the barbarous Assad regime. Worse, the Obama administration responded slowly as ISIS conquered vast territory, Syria fell into chaos, and Russia reentered the Middle East for the first time since 1973.
The Trump administration spent the last four years repairing this damage. It took deliberate — and, at times, bold — steps to restore relations with Israel, Egypt, and the Gulf States.
Iran doesn’t fear Biden. It welcomes and thrives on his weakness, which he has displayed for quite some time. For example, after President Trump targeted Iran’s top general, Qasem Soleimani, Biden and several other Democrats attacked President Trump. Biden’s efforts to appease Iran have endangered America’s closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, and have made the region, and the world, much less safe.
Russia also doesn’t fear Biden. Russian President Vladimir previously challenged Biden by requesting to speak with him on live TV. Clearly, Putin knew that Biden would be unwilling/unable to do so. Every American who has seen Biden speak could predict this. As Sen. Lindsey Graham noted, “This overall weakness is probably going to be a death sentence for this man. Because nobody in Russia is afraid of Joe Biden. Nobody in the world is afraid of Joe Biden and that’s dangerous for us here at home.”
Graham’s concerns appear to be well-founded. For example, as reported by multiple news outlets, Russia reportedly gathered hundreds of thousands of troops on the border with Ukraine and boosted its naval presence in the Black Sea. In response, Biden ordered two US warships to the Black Sea to deter such Russia aggression. However, he subsequently had a change of heart and called the warships back after Russia “got angry” with his decision.
Biden’s dealings with China also show his weakness. In a recent article in National Review, Wesley J. Smith notes that John Kerry, Biden’s climate “czar,” is so eager to make a global warming deal with the communist country, that he is willing to overlook all of China’s evil acts. Despite these atrocities, Kerry defended the decision, stating, “We have differences on economic rules, on cyber. We have other differences on human rights, geostrategic interests, but those differences do not have to get in the way of something that is as critical as dealing with climate.” Stated differently, the United States is willing to overlook these atrocities to get a “deal” to fight global warming. This position epitomizes weakness and poor judgment.
Sadly, Biden’s weakness and his willingness to appease extends beyond foreign policy. His weak immigration policies and his willingness to appease those who are in the country illegally puts Americans at risk. For example, the southern border is out of control, Covid is spreading by way of migrants pouring into the country, and people are illegally entering the country without the proper vetting.
Ronald Reagan once said, “If history teaches us anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly.”
Reagan understood the dangers of appeasement.
So did Trump.
Biden, on the other hand, is a different story altogether.