In a thoroughly incompetent attempt to look tough, Secretary of State Blinken and National Security Advisor Sullivan made a point of insulting the Chinese delegation during a joint press conference prior to a high-level meeting in Anchorage this week. They were surprised when the Chinese responded, in kind and more effectively.
The Gentle Reader who has followed this blog for a while will surely remember that I advocate giving bullies a dose of their own medicine. However, if one doesn’t have the means to strike back effectively, a weak response will only encourage the bully’s belief in his own superiority and entitlement. If one cannot strike effectively, one should hold until an effective response is possible. Joe Xiden’s team wound up demonstrating to the Chinese just how weak and incompetent the new U.S. foreign policy team is.
Fred Fleitz has a post reviewing the disaster in Alaska. He notes
[t]he Alaska press event was a debacle that will build a perception that the US is returning to Jimmy Carter-like incompetence in foreign policy. It also confirms claims by Biden critics that his foreign policy team is headed by inept second and third-string Obama retreads.
America’s enemies are watching and planning how to cash in on President Biden’s weak and incompetent foreign policy.
Is it 2025 yet?
UPDATE—I hate autocorrupt. I fixed the first sentence. It now reads “look tough.”