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Biden’s mediocre national security team is a real threat to America

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President Biden’s European tour last week played like many horror movies, where things go from “strange” to full-blown crisis in seconds. His trip was meant to reassure Europeans that when it comes to fending off Russian President Vladimir Putin, America is there to win it over. What happened was something else entirely.

On the surface, the “Uncle Joe” folk routine plays well in Europe. Biden’s statements of solidarity, as well as his assurances of US commitment to Ukraine and NATO defense, are getting good press. More importantly, for most European leaders, he never asks more of them than they are already prepared to do. He’s the chief harmless witness.

President Joe Biden departs Air Force One upon arrival at Warsaw Chopin Airport in Warsaw, Poland, March 25, 2022.
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Behind the sympathetic Biden, however, lies a dark shadow. Two complex issues pose a lingering concern for the future of the transatlantic community.

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One is Biden’s continued penchant for face-planting gaffes that the White House then has to explain. This trip included at least half a dozen, ranging from the suggestion that American troops would deploy to Ukraine to the suggestion that the United States would respond to a Russian use of chemical weapons with chemical weapons (which the United States did not don’t even have).

The lack of strategic vision is particularly troubling right now. How is the United States going to lead after this war to ensure that Putin never troubles us again?

It doesn’t help that a proven below average national security team is backing Biden. Vice President Harris’ European visit, for example, looked like the stuff of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The White House would be hard pressed to cite a single positive result.

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As if their half-hearted response to the Ukraine crisis weren’t enough, the word around Washington is that Biden’s dream team is just days away from announcing a new deal with Iran — an even bigger deal. weaker than the previous one, which is sure to trigger new tensions and conflicts in the region and bound to raise more new questions about the competence of Biden and his advisers.

The second problem goes deeper than the cognitive abilities of the president and the lack of competence of his team. It is that they have shown no skill, no ability to formulate and execute a strategy to safeguard the long-term interests of the United States.

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on Russia's war in Ukraine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, March 26, 2022.

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on Russia’s war in Ukraine at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, March 26, 2022.
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More than a year after taking office, Biden boasts that he has a national gender strategy, but still no national security strategy.

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The lack of strategic vision is particularly troubling right now. How is the United States going to lead after this war to ensure that Putin never troubles us again?

The Russian president remains a military threat and still has energy as a weapon of blackmail, coercion, profit and influence. Biden doesn’t have a long-term answer for either.

We need enhanced conventional and strategic deterrence and energy independence. Biden offered band-aids and wishful thinking.

The Russian president remains a military threat and still has energy as a weapon of blackmail, coercion, profit and influence. Biden doesn’t have a long-term answer for either.

And make no mistake, the Chinese Communist Party has taken note of this weakness.

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Biden can hope Putin goes away and renewable energy powers the free world all he wants, but both are wishful thinking.

Ultimately, this trip serves as a reminder that Americans are led by a weary man of limited ability, backed by a team that is no better at it today than when it worked for President Obama.

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