It’s no secret that the United States’ foreign policy under the Obama administration was a disaster for both our allies and ourselves. From the disastrous Iran nuclear deal to the complete abrogation of responsibility in Syria, it is clear that the former secretary of defense Robert Gates was not wrong in his comments on NBC News’ “Meet The Press” this past week.
Gates criticized the current Biden administration for their handling of the war in Ukraine, saying that critical military hardware should have been sent months ago but it could take six months or even a year before tanks arrive. He also touched upon classified document scandals involving Trump, Biden and Pence, suggesting looking into transitions for a more orderly process with classified documents. His most damning critique however was reserved for Joe Biden himself with regard to his foreign policy record, calling it ‘disastrous.’
The idea that Joe Biden has any business conducting foreign policy is laughable at best. Not only did he fail to support our long-standing ally Ukraine while they were fighting against the Russian invasion, but he also pulled out from Afghanistan without regard for its stability and security which left many members of our armed forces sickened and disgusted by his actions. It is clear that such thoughtless moves will come back to haunt us now and in the future as global threats continue to increase exponentially.
It is time for a real change to come from Washington – one where we stand up for American values abroad and make sure our allies remain safe from aggression. Unfortunately, under Joe Biden’s watch, such a vision seems beyond reach. It remains to be seen if he will be able to undo some of the damage done during Obama’s tenure, but Gates’ comments give us no reason to believe he can do so successfully. It is time for a leader who can provide clarity on America’s position in international affairs and ensure our safety through meaningful alliances rather than reckless withdrawal from strategic engagements like Afghanistan.