Joe Biden’s weak performance at the last G7 summit in Great Britain provided us with a sad view of American weakness on the world stage. The most Biden accomplished was to get a nice photo-op of the world leaders elbow bumping as they frolicked on the beach. His subsequent meeting with Putin in Geneva was not any better. For the most part, Putin played Biden.
But these G7 events had low expectations anyway. A more disturbing trend is starting to develop that has many worrying about how Biden is projecting America across the world. Aside from many claims of Biden’s health issues and alleged senior moments, Biden’s leadership weakness can have severe consequences as the world is spinning out of control before our eyes.
We are witnessing a trend of small 3rd world countries around the world turning into failed states. Some are in our own North American backyard. A few of the countries that come to light are listed below.
1.) Haiti – Reuters reports a team of U.S. security and law enforcement experts is traveling to Haiti to determine what assistance Washington can provide following the assassination of the Haitian president last week, the Pentagon said on Sunday.
Haiti has sought U.S. aid in securing the country and investigating the attack that killed President Jovenel Moise on Wednesday at his Port-au-Prince home and plunged the impoverished island nation further into turmoil. Haitian authorities have said two Haitian Americans were among the suspected assassins.
The United States has so far rebuffed Haiti’s request for troops, while the United Nations would need Security Council authorization to send armed forces. With an unclear position of who will ultimately gain power in Haiti, will a power vacuum open the door for other state actors to act if America does not?
2.) Colombia – CNN reports that an international human rights body has accused Colombia’s security forces of applying “disproportionate and excessive force” in dealing with street protesters more than two months since demonstrations began in Bogota, which left dozens dead.
The report by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), released on Wednesday, adds to criticisms of the government of Colombian President Ivan Duque, who has faced accusations of a heavy-handed crackdown since protests erupted on April 28. A controversial tax overhaul sparked the protests Duque proposed as part of the country’s recovery from the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. Critics argued the changes would hurt the middle class.
According to human rights organizations in Colombia, more than 70 people have been killed on the streets since the protest began. They often claim at the hands of the Colombian security forces. For now, Colombia has handled the protest from growing into a wider confrontation. However, Colombia is another state that could slip quickly into yet another potential problem for the region.
3.) Venezuela – The BBC reports that Venezuelan officials say 22 suspected gang members and four police officers have died in two days of clashes in the capital Caracas. Interior Minister Carmen Meléndez says an unspecified number of civilians were killed and nearly 40 people injured.
Hundreds of officers have been deployed to search for gang leaders who have been seeking to expand their territory. One resident said it was “like a war.” The police have seized weapons, including 24,000 rounds of ammunition. Images shared on social media showed bullet casings littering the ground in the Cota 905 neighborhood on Friday.
Venezuela has been a failed state for some time now. For the most part, America has not stepped into this situation. But given the events in the region, can America continue to afford to do this?
4.) Cuba – The Guardian reports that thousands march in Cuba in rare mass protests amid economic crisis US sanctions and coronavirus crisis lead to food shortages and high prices, sparking one of the biggest such demonstrations in memory.
Shouts of “down with the dictatorship,” “freedom,” and “homeland and life” were also heard during the demonstrations. During different live broadcasts across Facebook, thousands of people can be seen marching through the streets of cities like San Antonio de Los Baños, Guira de Melena, and Alquízar reported South Florida’s WTVJ-TV. Protests from the Cuban Miami district also have occurred in support of the Cuban protesters. See comments below from Sen Marco Rubio below with a video showing the events on the ground.
An official in the Biden administration tweeted support for Sunday’s demonstrations. Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary for state for western hemisphere affairs, tweeted: “Peaceful protests are growing in Cuba as the Cuban people exercise their right to peaceful assembly to express concern about rising Covid cases/deaths & medicine shortages. We commend the numerous efforts of the Cuban people mobilizing donations to help neighbors in need.”
The US and Cuban relationship has had a long and sordid history. Since the death of Fidel Castro, the country has languished, and perhaps we see the beginning to the end of a decades-old regime. Will Cuba crackdown on these protests or will Cuba, like many other countries in the region, become yet another fail state?
5.) Lebanon – Perhaps not in America’s immediate backyard. Nevertheless, when power vacuums occur in the Middle East, they can reverberate around the world. Lebanon recently is quickly becoming yet another failed state – learn more here.
After decades of being a client state for Iran, Lebanon is on the verge of financial collapse. In fact, 77% of Lebanese households are now unable to buy food and essential drugs. Most homes have run out of electricity and gas. The World Bank is calling Lebanon’s economic situation the worst financial crisis since the 1850s. Sadly, this will not prevent the Biden Administration from continuing to negotiate a nuke deal with Iran. Don’t be surprised if Lebanon becomes another Syria in the months ahead.
These examples of failed states in the making are not alone. We have not even mentioned the events occurring in Afganistan, Syria, Iraq, North Korea, Taiwan, other parts of Asia, and most of the continent of Africa. Can America ignore geopolitics to worry about which sex we are and focus on correcting the racial history of 400 years ago?
Focusing more on our immediate North America region – what is going with this new developing trend? It leads us to ask some questions about what the Biden administration is doing.
- Are there extra-regional foreign actors instigating any of these conflicts? If so, who? Can America allow a foreign actor like China or Russia to get a big foothold in our hemisphere?
- Are there elements within our own American government acting to instigate any of these conflicts? If so, what is their plan, and for what purpose?
- Is the “culture war” America seems to be emersed in, leaving our national security at risk?
Or are all these recent events mere happenchance? The evidence is growing that few things nowadays are happenchance – for example, election manipulation, the politics of January 6th, media propaganda, cultural “woke” engineering, economic meddling of the free markets, and others, to name a few. There are certainly many working in the bows of our institutions for various interests to gain power and money.
What do our elites (foreign and domestic) have in store for us now?
Exerting American leadership does not need to mean boots on the ground. America has many tools in its toolbox to show leadership – for example, diplomacy, economic, sanctions, and, where necessary targeted strategic security support activities. After Biden announced the ending of America’s longest war in Afganistan, the last thing America needs now is to start another war in another region of the world.
With geopolitical storm clouds building everywhere, an economy teetering, and the threat of a new Covid “pandemic” wave coming, is Biden up to the task to lead America? Is Kamala? Kamala said of her long list of duties assigned by Joe that she needs to learn to say “no” to her boss more frequently. Apparently, she is too busy – the border crisis seems too much for her as well. Does Biden or Harris even know about the Monroe Doctrine?
We wonder if Joe or Kamala can say “no” to the task of America’s foreign policy.