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Biden Must End Forever Wars (article in Foreign Policy magazine)

Four years ago, as he left office, President Barack Obama criticized what he called “the Washington playbook” for reflexively prescribing “militarized responses” to world events. Obama was right then and is only more so today, after four years of President Trump—who has bragged about U.S. weaponry and casually eaten chocolate cake while launching missile strikes. Overextended abroad, the United States has urgent needs at home, starting with recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. But the old playbook will invariably reappear, given its popularity among foreign-policy hands and, more fundamentally, the temptation U.S. power creates to meddle and boss others around. When this happens, the Biden administration will need to be ready to say no—no to unnecessary wars and no to further U.S. military overstretch. In five areas in particular, the administration ought to vow restraint from the get-go.

First, the Biden administration should not pursue global military dominance.

Second, the Biden administration must deliver on its promise to end what are often referred to as the United States’ “forever wars.”

Third, the U.S. military cannot police the Middle East, and Biden should not ask it to try.

Fourth, Biden must resist NATO expansion.

Finally, the next administration must temper U.S. militarism toward China.

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By saying no to reckless interventions and commitments, the Biden administration would only be rejecting the false comforts of post-Cold War enthusiasms. For three decades, the United States’ pursuit of armed dominance produced all the pathologies that Trump took further—indefensible wars, strategic overstretch, runaway spending, and a culture fearful of endless threat. Trump unmasked these realities more than he created them. Biden should chart his own course.


https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/25/say-no-joe/

Important re: Trump pardoning Flynn.

https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1331712022229159939

On the bright side, can't Flynn be compelled to testify against co-conspirators who lied to the FBI?

The fucking gall of this guy (Rudy content).

https://twitter.com/rudygiuliani/status/1331101258741145601

Love Pennsylvania's Lt. Governor.

https://twitter.com/JohnFetterman/status/1326311204923576321

Rudy only hates Biden so much because of "a noun, a verb, and 9/11."

Just like how Trump hated Obama so much because of the humiliation of the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Such petty, vain, stupid men. Haters gonna hate!

Enjoy this moment. Soak it all in. Allow yourself to be happy. You NEED it.

I'm saying this for myself as much as for anyone else.

Joe Biden gives exactly zero fucks about the haters.

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