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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tic Tac Toe

In the clearest indication yet that his foreign policy would duplicate the disastrous approach used by Barack Obama's Team of 2s, Joe Biden writes an opinion piece (well, we all know Joe didn't write anything, but the CNN op-ed does come out under his name) in which he states:

By any objective measure, Trump's "maximum pressure" has been a boon to the regime in Iran and a bust for America's interests.

To call that assertion laughably mendacious is to be kind. It is a combination of gaslighting and idiocy, rolled into something that is supposed to convince readers that Joe has a handle on Iran and the Middle East (ME). This, from an ex-Vice President whose administration:

  • helped create two failed states (Syria and Libya) in the ME, 
  • was responsible for the rise of ISIS in the ME, 
  • did almost nothing to extract us from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 
  • provided the world's largest sponsor or terror, Iran, with billions in cash in exchange for empty promises, 
  • alienated Arab countries by making nicey-nice with Iran, 
  • blatantly lied about the cause of a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that cost the life of four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador,
  • demonized and tried to weaken our only democratic ally in the ME—Israel, 
  • cozied up to terror organizations Hamas and Hezballah,
  • did nothing to foster peace throughout the region. 
... and that's the short list of failures in the region. 

Virtually every assertion in Biden's screed can be easily refuted, but it's foolish to waste the time. His supporters will nod their heads in agreement because they think Dems are the smartest kids in the room. The rest of us us will smile, tell Joe to take a deep breath, and return to the challenges of tic-tac-toe, the only game of strategy he might still be capable of stalemating.

Despite the media's purposeful blackout on administration accomplishments in the ME, Biden's handlers and the Dems are afraid that Donald Trump's historic peace deal between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, along with his destruction of ISIS, along with his unequivocal support of Israel, along with peace talks now ongoing in Afghanistan, along with his hardcore stance against the Mullahs will penetrate the public consciousness. 

Like almost everything that the Democrats have done over the past 12 years, it all words and no accomplishments. Progressives like it that way because words are easy and accomplishments are messy and hard.