Ex-Obama official says Biden has ‘reckless riffs’
Ex-Obama official says Biden’s ‘reckless riffs’ and foreign policy blunders ‘undermined US position in the world’, admits he ‘cringed’ when Joe took the stage as VP
- Brett Bruen said Biden bears ‘the lion’s share of the blame’ for all too often sending the White House into crisis mode when he opens up about foreign policy
- Bruen wrote: ‘I cringed when Vice President Joe Biden took the stage’
- “The reckless riffs continued during his presidency, especially when it came to diplomacy,” he wrote
- Bruen reprimanded Biden for admitting ‘inevitability’ that Kabul would fall into Taliban hands after US military withdrawal
- He went after Biden’s confusing comments about Taiwan, saying Putin ‘cannot stay in power’
Former Obama official Brett Bruen wrote in an op-ed this week that President Biden’s “reckless riffs” and foreign policy blunders are treading dangerous territory.
The former director of Global Engagement said the president bears “the lion’s share of the blame” for all too often sending the White House into crisis mode when speaking up about foreign policy, but he also blamed his national security personnel. the blame for being hopelessly unprepared for the blunders.
In an opinion piece for USA today titled: ‘Biden’s careless comments hurt his presidency and diplomacy. He needs a reset,” Bruen wrote, “I cringed when Vice President Joe Biden took the stage. Despite all the preparation an event entailed and his comments, as a staff member of the National Security Council you never quite knew what he would say.’
“At times, his clumsy remarks could brighten up what would otherwise be a rather dull policy speech. But there were other times, too often, when it could turn into dangerous territory,” he added.
“The reckless riffs continued throughout his presidency, especially when it came to diplomacy,” he wrote.
‘How come such careless people end up in a crisis area?’ he asked. “Biden bears the lion’s share of the blame for his thoughtless improvisation.”
Bruen said the Biden National Security team should better prepare the president for “obvious questions” because “they are all too aware that he has an awkward tendency to go off script.”
Bruen reprimanded Biden for admitting the “inevitability” that after the withdrawal of the US military, Kabul would fall into the hands of the Taliban.
Former Obama official Brett Bruen wrote in an op-ed this week that President Biden’s “reckless riffs” and foreign policy blunders are treading dangerous territory
In an op-ed for USA Today titled, “Biden’s careless comments hurt his presidency and diplomacy. He needs a reset,” Bruen wrote: “I cringed when Vice President Joe Biden took the stage”
On July 8, 2021, Biden told reporters in the White House that the Afghan military was better equipped and outnumbered the Taliban. A takeover in Kabul was “not inevitable” and he mocked the thought that it would turn out to be his downfall of Saigon moment.
But by August 19, his tone had changed: “The idea that somehow there’s a way out without causing chaos, I don’t know why.”
Bruen also went after Biden for having “tacitly given Russian President Vladimir Putin the green light to take at least part of Ukrainian territory” by proclaiming in March that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” ‘.
The White House did a frantic cleanup, and months later Biden wrote in a New York Times op-ed that he would not try to remove Putin from power. “As much as I disagree with Mr Putin and find his actions disgraceful, the United States will not try to secure his impeachment in Moscow.”
Bruen noted that aides were also forced to retract Biden’s comments after he stated “his clear commitment of US troops to the defense of Taiwan, a major departure from our long-standing policy.”
On a trip to Asia last month, according to attendees, Biden aides wriggled in their seats when asked if he would defend the autonomous island of Taiwan if it were invaded by China.
“Yes,” Biden replied. “That’s the commitment we made.”
In doing so, he went beyond the official US foreign policy of “strategic ambiguity” that helps arm Taiwan and its government, but is vague about how far Washington would actually go to protect its freedom.