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Joe Biden’s Disastrous G7: In Just a Few Days, He Undermines Western Security by Jeopardizing U.S. “Special Relationship” with Great Britain

AMAC Exclusive by Daniel Roman

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Joe Biden has just concluded his first G7 summit as president, and for the future of U.S. foreign policy and American security, the news couldn’t be worse. Biden is giving every signal to his foreign policy that his decisions will be based on a resentment of what’s worked in the past.

 Just as Biden’s resentment of Trump’s economic successes have led him to make sharp reversals to policies that brought prosperity and low inflation and his anger over Trump’s success with China and in the Mideast led him to policy reversals that have only brought conflict and the empowerment of U.S. enemies; his lingering anger over Trump’s support of Brexit has led him to jeopardize U.S. relations with our most important ally.

Even most international press accounts, his visit to the conclave of world leaders in Cornwall, England, was a catastrophe for the U.S.-U.K. “special relationship.” Biden’s behavior—barging into the sensitive Brexit negotiations regarding Northern Ireland in the least productive manner possible—embarrassed the United States, left behind a resentful and isolated United Kingdom, and worsened the combustible situation in Northern Ireland in a way that risks shattering 22 years of relative peace.

The drama began with a diplomatic act of provocation which preceded the summit, almost entirely ignored by the gushing American press who lack either interest or understanding of international affairs.

Two days before the meeting, the United States’ most senior diplomat in London, Yael Lempert, delivered what was widely reported to be a formal demarche to David Frost, Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator, warning Frost that his government “was inflaming tensions” in Northern Ireland, and informing him of Biden’s “great concern” regarding the issue.

This decision was significant not because Biden chose to express “great concern” to the British government but because it shows that he wanted to publicly rebuke the United Kingdom hours before his first state visit to America’s closest ally.

This was a stunning departure from America’s historically unbreakable friendship with Britain. Biden was proactively positioning the U.S. as a fellow member of the Europeans’ ideological crusade to punish the U.K. and exact vengeance for Brexit—something Europe has sought to do by weaponizing negotiations over Northern Ireland to make them as painful for Britain as possible. If anything, it is the E.U., not Britain, that should have been accused of “inflaming tensions.”

During the Trump years, America adopted an independent attitude toward the European Union and attempted to mediate between the United Kingdom and the E.U. over Brexit. Under Biden, it is now clear that the U.S. has abandoned that role in favor of throwing its full weight behind the E.U.

This is presumably why President Macron of France was so gushing in his praise of Joe Biden at the G7. “I think it’s great to have the U.S. president part of the club and very willing to cooperate,” Macron said at the summit in England, allowing Biden to add, “We’re back. The U.S. is back.” It is easy to see why Macron would be pleased. Biden’s positioning was a short-term triumph for Macron, who is facing an election next year and is making a hard line against the United Kingdom a core part of his campaign.

Biden’s betrayal of the Brits was shocking on three levels. First, on the level of relations with the United Kingdom, Biden clearly wanted to send a message that his Administration does not perceive the U.K. as a true ally. Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, had been bending over backward to play up the Anglo-American relationship, and by publicly reprimanding the British government in front of the world before touching down, Biden effectively ensured that no one would confuse politeness and photographs for an actual friendship. Biden, in effect, tore up the Anglo-American alliance and made clear he had no interest in restoring it before landing.

On a substantive level, Biden also positioned himself firmly on the E.U.’s side in terms of Brexit and the Northern Ireland issue, a questionable decision at best. One of the most difficult aspects of the Brexit process has related to the status of Northern Ireland, nominally part of the United Kingdom but physically attached to the nation of Ireland. With Brexit, the U.K. exited the E.U. customs union, which created a question of how to avoid a physical barrier cutting through Ireland. There was no way to give all sides exactly what they wanted, and so the ultimate compromise was a Northern Ireland protocol which was supposed to allow Northern Ireland to be in a customs union with both the U.K. and the E.U.

This necessarily involved some compromises and ambiguities that would have been acceptable to the people of Ireland and Britain, both of which desperately wanted Brexit to work in a way that did not restore violence to Northern Ireland or economic instability to the region as a whole.

The European Union, however, has shown far less concern for the interests of the locals and is far more preoccupied with using the protocol as a tool to punish the U.K. and demand concessions on other unrelated issues.

In January, the European Union threatened to close the border in Ireland to vaccine shipments, claiming that the U.K. was receiving shipments from E.U. production facilities ahead of E.U. states, only to back down when the Irish reacted with fury. Europe’s willingness to use the closing of the Irish border as a method of pressuring the U.K. government over an issue entirely unrelated to Northern Ireland was then repeated in other fights over fishing rights and financial regulation.

As a result, since March, Northern Ireland has been under a de facto European economic blockade, resulting in empty supermarket shelves and food shortages that are escalating into a crisis. The shortages have resulted in violence, especially in Unionist areas, the first serious sectarian violence in decades. The U.K. government has rebuked the E.U. for adopting an “excessively legalistic approach” to the protocol, poor wording, which allows the E.U. to claim they are acting within the technical boundaries of the agreement. But the agreement was deliberately worded to mean anything and nothing. The Europeans are emphatically not acting within the spirit of the agreement, at least in regard to peace in Northern Ireland, and the issues it is raising have nothing to do with the region.

Now, Biden has chosen to wade into this mess with his public reprimand that Britain was somehow inflaming tensions. This position is factually incorrect, in that the EU is the aggressor and one which has shown zero interest in the welfare of the local population.

Ironically, it is also Biden who is inflaming the tensions. Again, the E.U. is not interested in a Northern Irish settlement, only in using the conflict as leverage. By making clear he supports this extortion attempt, Biden has vastly strengthened the E.U.’s negotiating position and given them moral sanction on the world stage. Consequently, he is encouraging the Europeans to make ever more extreme demands against Britain.

Biden is right to be concerned about Northern Ireland. But his ideological hostility to Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, and the British People over Brexit is causing him to behave in a way that will harm, not help, the problem he claims to be concerned about.

Biden should not have rebuked Boris; he should have told Macron that Northern Ireland was not a toy, not a prop in his reelection campaign, and not a bargaining chip for French fishermen. It is Macron who should be getting a demarche.

Yet, the damage Biden did at the summit is much larger than just the issue of Northern Ireland. His stunt does grave damage to the West as a whole. The Anglo-American alliance has long been a core element of U.S. diplomacy. The U.K. backed the U.S. in Iraq and has been America’s closest ally on China and Russia when Germany and France have both flirted with Moscow and Beijing, not to mention opposed the U.S. in Iraq. A resentful and divided Britain will be too weak and angry to be an effective ally.

As for the European Union, the feud with Britain is distracting it from the threats posed by Russia and Iran, not to mention China. It is in the interests of all involved to resolve the Brexit issue quickly in a way that works for everyone – British, Irish, and European. If Biden were showing true leadership, that is what he would seek to help do.

American leadership Biden-style may be more amicable for some foreign leaders than the America-First approach of former President Trump, but that is largely because it involves dropping the concept of America leading altogether.

 Daniel Roman is the pen name of a frequent commentator and lecturer on foreign policy and political affairs, both nationally and internationally. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

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BAE
3 months ago

Biden is the most useful idiot on the planet EARTH!!

Jeanette
3 months ago

he is an idiot and a patsy for special interests. arggghhh

Ms. BILLIE CHILD
3 months ago

You are the ONLY ONE THERE WHO NEEDS TO: 1. STEP DOWN! I DON’T KNOW WHAT OR HOW YOU ARE THINKING. YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!! ALL I ASK IS FOR YOU TO STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU DO THIS. YOU NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT US UNITED STATES LEGAL PEOPLE AND YOURS AND OUR LIVELIHOODS. STOP TRYING TO LOOK GOOD TO THE ILL LEGAL, AND LETTING ALL THE RICK RAF IN WHO ARE GOING TO HURT AND DESTROY THE USA AND US. YOU KNOW. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS TO MAKE AMERICA , AND KEEP AMERICA SAFE!! JUST STOP AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE BIG PITCHER.

CRAIG
3 months ago

It is very concerning that a president of our country would do everything against our country and constitution only for political gain’s and self interests! the man is a liar and it is time his socialists friends leave office and let someone interested in keeping to the American ways and safety of our people -not letting the world order have a say in our day to day lives and run our military

Phillip
3 months ago

Who would have thought that Biden could screw up something as seemingly innocuous as a G7 meeting?
Is there nothing conservative representatives and senators could do to show Britain that the American people and half the legislature stand with them in their choice to leave the EU and live as they choose?
How about AMAC sending a letter to Boris Johnson letting him know and providing a link so that he could read our comments?
This is disgusting.

Karen
3 months ago

It’s time for a coup.

Mari
3 months ago

One more comment. How do we get rid of them? Biden, Harris and Pelosi.

Mari
3 months ago

What a baby we have for president. It’s just getting back at Trump like a little kid. Of course we could have Harris as president. She’ll probably redecorate the White House. I am so tired of them and it scares me that we have three and a half years of them. They all need to go.

Mike
3 months ago

It is my belief that Biden is planning on handling our county over to a (or the) new world order! We will no longer be a free nation! Think of what he is doing and ask yourself if this doesn’t make sense.

James
3 months ago

biden you are being ate up by anyone and everyone, then expelled like the human feces you are..

Ed J
3 months ago

Let’s hope that the net effect of the Biden Administration is only to subject the nation to Purgatory, and not consign it permanently to Hell!

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

Hell will be represented by evil individuals, not what a nation does.

D.P.
3 months ago

Sadly, this president is our worst enemy.

George Washington's Admirer
3 months ago

One would think that the ‘Democratic/Communist Party’ could see that; its abundantly evident that ‘Our Commander In Confusion’ needs to be replaced.

Karen
3 months ago

LORD, please don’t forget the good people of the USA. Please have mercy on the USA.
AMEN

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Karen

God will not.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Sorry, previous comment left some things out. “GOD WILL NOT FORGET HIS PEOPLE, BUT WE DO HAVE TO REPENT FOR THE MAJOR SINS THAT ARE HOLDING GRACE BACK AS A NATION.”

Betty Lusinger
3 months ago

Senile and corrupt. God have mercy on our country.

William Wright
3 months ago

All one needs do is take a look at that smirking idiot of a so-called President and it becomes quite clear this one is not playing with a full deck! Unfortunately, his numerous gaffs, and the ones being made by the circle of imbeciles he’s surrounded himself with are going to put the once great USA in the toilet financially, and encourge our enemies to test us militarily! EIther way, it’s a lose-lose situation this fool is placing us in!

Last edited 3 months ago by William Wright
Ed J
3 months ago
Reply to  William Wright

Full deck? It’s more like the number of collector cards that come in a pack of bubble gum!

Ed J
3 months ago
Reply to  Ed J

P.S. Back in my youth, one could buy a pack of bubble gum that contained a single collector card (of sports figures, cars, etc.). Thus, Biden’s deck only contains ONE card, and that is only on a good day (which will probably not happen anytime again until after the Second Coming!). In Joe’s case, the most appropriate card would be a Sympathy Card since Vertical Corpse Joe is effectively dead anyways!

Robert Mark McLeester
3 months ago

Biden is a senile idiot, problem is Harris is even dumber!

Francoise
3 months ago

yes, you are right, but the world and half of the US gushes and fawns over Biden and his minions. What to do, shake our heads and walk away?
This Biden administration is going to bankrupt the US physically and morally for sure.

Ed J
3 months ago

Harris is not only dumb, but felony stupid and egregiously ignorant about what America is all about. She is so deep in over her head that even looking up from the depths of the pit she is in, she
can’t even begin to see a glimmer of light at the top of the hole she has dug for herself.
 
So, how bad is her situation? It’s been reported that even her shadow wants to escape from her and go into Witness Protection!

Phillip
3 months ago

And even more corrupt.

Phyl
3 months ago

I wonder if Biden even knows what he’s doing half the time. His speeches are incoherent, he moves like a zombie. He’s being used and controlled by others.

Patriot Will
3 months ago

Biden is so ignorant that he openly criticizes England unfairly, yet refuses to proudly stand up to Russia. Instead of detente, Biden is a master of being weak when he should be strong and aggressive when he should be reserved. Indeed, Biden is a master of incompetence. He has perfected dysfunction as his favorite form of behavior, both personally and politically.

David B.
3 months ago

This Clown Biden and his demented circus of America-hating communist Elitists are on a mission to destroy America by dragging us into a war, killing our Economy, pitting us against each other, etc. They all need to be tried, convicted, and hung for their treasonous acts!

Francoise
3 months ago
Reply to  David B.

Totally in agreement, and let us make sure we get control of the House and the Senate in 2022. This should help mitigate some of this insanity.

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