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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 03:11 PM

Biden's aim to restore U.S. leadership could be tall order in a changed world

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President-Elect Joe Biden faces a challenging task fulfilling his foreign policy vision of the United States reclaiming its global leadership role after years in which the country stepped back and rival powers like China stepped in.

Introducing his national security team that includes veteran diplomats, Biden and his nominees on Tuesday emphasized working to strengthen alliances and multilateralism, ideas that fell out of favor during the "America First" approach of Republican President Donald Trump.

"It's a team that reflects the fact that America is back, ready to lead the world, not retreat from it," he told a news briefing in Wilmington, Delaware.

But analysts said that while the incoming Democratic administration could secure quick reversals in areas such as rejoining the Paris climate agreement that Trump abandoned, it would be more difficult reclaiming the global power relinquished by Washington, a trend that started before Trump.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/biden-shares-vision-alliances-u-183144248.html

Heckuva job Trumpy.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 25 OP
soothsayer Nov 25 #1
orwell Nov 25 #2
LiberalLovinLug Nov 25 #3
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 03:14 PM

1. Idk, I think it will be like a rocket

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 03:28 PM

2. I agree...

...we are entering into a bipolar world dominated by the US and China. My rejoinder is why is that a bad thing?

I am hoping for a multilateral world with regional power in the place of the post war US superpower model.

This is something that is going to happen whether we want it to or not.

Trump was completely ham-handed in his implementation but was correct that the US can no longer be the world's supercop. It puts a tremendous strain on resources and engenders animus throughout the world. I was once a ardent neoliberal but have softened that stance significantly in the last couple of decades. There are real downsides to globalism. We were made aware of it in the exposure of real vulnerabilities when it came pharmaceuticals and PPE during the recent coronavirus outbreak.

Corporate profitability and low consumer prices do not always eclipse the externalities of global free trade without any environmental, human rights, national security, or workplace safety considerations. Adam Smith is not an economic God.

WWII is over. We need to start acting accordingly. The world for the most part will thank us for it.

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 03:44 PM

3. I agree.

One reason is the rightward shift in many countries, like Brazil, Philippines, Eastern Europe, who line up more with Trumpism. But also other countries that are traditional democratic allies may never regard the US the same. They now watched the US vote in W Bush a second term, to which they were aghast. Then came Obama, and the US was forgiven and applauded, a Nobel peace prize was doled out seemingly simply for the US voting out a war monger. Everyone was so relieved.

Then came Trump winning.
Now the Trumpists came close again, with even more support than in 2016.

Sorry but I think our traditional allies now look at the US with fear and trepidation. They were fooled by Obama that we had evolved further. Now they know how easily they could have either Trump or another younger, more eager Trumpist, in power in 4 years. It would take a long time, more than one administration, for them to ever get to that comfort level in our leadership, and respect for the people (at least half of them) that the US once enjoyed. Sad but true.

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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 05:41 PM

4. Obama was able to do it after disastrous Dubya, so i have no doubt Joe will be able to restore the

US back to international prominence and leadership as well. His election has instantly restored our relations with allies.

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