“It seems to me pretty clear that progressive views need to be expressed within a Biden administration,” said Bernie Sanders last week. “It would be, for example, enormously insulting if Biden put together a ‘team of rivals’ — and there’s some discussion that that’s what he intends to do — which might include Republicans and conservative Democrats — but which ignored the progressive community. I think that would be very, very unfortunate.”
It is not enough for progressives to corrupt America. They also itch to corrupt the rest of the world, too.
The fears of Sanders, so far, haven’t been realized. Biden’s cabinet is taking form, and it looks not like a team of rivals but a team of progressive insiders. Biden promised an administration that looked “like America.” But it is more likely to look like the swamp of Washington, D.C.
Advisers to Sanders applauded Biden’s choice for secretary of state, Antony Blinken. “It will also be a new a great thing to have a top diplomat who has regularly engaged with progressive grassroots,” said Matt Duss, a foreign policy adviser for Sanders.
Planned Parenthood also ominously praised the selection of Blinken, noting his support for its agenda: “Blinken brings over 25 years of foreign policy experience to the office of secretary of state, including serving as deputy secretary of state under President Obama. He has firmly declared that the Biden administration will work to protect reproductive rights, address gender-based violence, support displaced communities, and more.”
Planned Parenthood is also pleased with Biden’s choice for United Nations Ambassador: “[Linda] Thomas-Greenfield served the U.S. Foreign Service for 35 years. She has helped strengthen our international relationships as the ambassador to Liberia, assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, and the director general of the Foreign Service. She has been outspoken about the need to treat the lack of diversity in the diplomatic corps as a national security crisis.”
A purring press says that these choices signal Biden’s desire to “cooperate” with the world. In truth, they represent a return to Obama-era policy, which didn’t so much seek to cooperate with the world as push it around. Obama’s State Department, with the help of Blinken and Thomas-Greenfield, tried to impose abortion and the LGBTQ agenda on African countries, among others. Under Biden, all of those policies will come back with a vengeance. The State Department will once again become a tool of neo-colonialism. Under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, recall, the State Department told diplomats to meddle in the affairs of supposedly benighted countries.
Biden’s selection of Kerry as “climate envoy” is in line with that liberal neo-colonialism. His job will entail browbeating developing nations into embracing ruinous restrictions on energy production. Biden and Kerry cast Trump’s foreign policy as arrogant, even as they propose to unleash global busybodies on weaker nations.
“I think he’s been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” former Defense Secretary Bob Gates has said of Biden. One can only imagine the foreign policy follies to come under Biden. On the campaign trail, he promised a “global Summit for Democracy,” which never sounded very democratic. It sounded more like a jamboree for elites to pontificate about democracy while undermining it.
It is not enough for progressives to corrupt America. They itch to corrupt the rest of the world, too. Biden’s aides pour scorn on Trump’s “America First” policy, but it is far more modest, circumspect, and respectful of the sovereignty of other nations than the bumptious agenda they propose.
Much is made of the “experience” of Blinken. But in what did it consist? The press has noted that Blinken is seen in the famous picture of Obama, Biden, and others watching the Osama bin Laden raid. But did Blinken support the raid? Presumably not. Biden didn’t.
It came out later, as the New Yorker reported, that “documents seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden included an unexpected insult: bin Laden had advised assassins to spare Biden and target Obama, telling them, ‘Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will lead the U.S. into a crisis.’ ”
We’re told by the press that Biden will usher in a period of calm. But what’s more likely to happen is that we will go from manufactured crises to real ones. Washington’s mood in anticipation of Biden has already turned ugly, as Dianne Feinstein learned this week. For the offense of appearing insufficiently progressive, she has been deprived of the top Democratic spot on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
So much for Biden’s calls for “unity.” He could have stopped her demotion, but didn’t. Feinstein’s fate serves as a warning shot to any other Democrat inclined to betray a trace of moderation. As his first personnel picks suggest, Biden is partial to progressive insiders, Obama-era radicals robed in the attire of the Washington establishment who remain radical nonetheless.