Editor: Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, President, American Center for Democracy (ACD)
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Biden’s UN Speech: False Promises & Meaningless Platitudes – Ken’s Thought of the Week
On September 21, President Biden gave his first address to the UN General Assembly, declaring: “I’m here today to share with you how the United States intends to work with partners and allies to answer these questions and the commitment of my new administration.” He further announced: “We have ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan. And as we close this period of relentless war, we are opening a new era of relentless diplomacy.”
After criticizing dictatorships, he concluded: “The future belongs to those who give their people the ability to breathe free, not those who seek to suffocate their people with an iron-hand authoritarianism.” He also vowed to fight the COVID-19 epidemic and worldwide climate change. He promised to rebuild alliances with global organizations such as the UN, WHO, the Human Rights Council, and strategic allies such as NATO, and the Asian-centered Quad countries, as well as democratic allies throughout the world.
Unfortunately, Biden omitted numerous policy goals that could have enormously strengthened America’s national security and influence on the world.
1) Biden should have vowed that America would set the example of how all democracies should behave and encourage authoritarian countries to join us in respecting the human rights of 100% of our respective populations.
2) Biden should have renewed the U.S. commitment to the freedom of speech by vowing to immediately take the necessary legal measures to curb social media’s illegal censorship of speech that they don’t like (in the U.S., they cancel/silence voices who pledge allegiance to the Constitution).
3) Biden should have re-affirmed our commitment to the spirit of the 1648 Peace Treaty of Westphalia when the European powers of that time agreed to respect the sovereign borders of their former adversaries. In that spirit, he should have announced that the U.S. will immediately finish building its southern border wall and will no longer accept illegal immigrants. He should have stated the importance of respecting the international borders of sovereign countries and stopping the facilitation of illegal migration everywhere.
4) Biden should have re-affirmed the US commitment to the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 and announced that the US will no longer tolerate the invasion of Latin America by foreign forces such as China, Russia, Iran, and Turkey, among others.
5) Biden should have announced the U.S. initiative of a new, worldwide right for all children, including Americans, to universal school choice, whereby students and their parents can pick schools of their choice that the government would help pay for.
6) Biden should have announced a specific policy to protect America and all other nations from the worldwide scourge of terrorism. Thus, he should have demanded that the world’s foremost terrorist entity, Iran, shuts down its illicit nuclear weapon and ICBM programs in three months. If Teheran objected, he should have promised to use force to neutralize Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missiles sites to protect the U.S. and everyone else. Similarly, he should have offered the Taliban three months to return the $85 billion worth of armaments that were hastily left behind, and free all Americans and former Afghan employees and allies held hostage in Afghanistan, or U.S. forces would be sent to free them.
7) Biden should have re-affirmed the US commitment to the Abraham Accords and encouraged all other Sunni Muslim countries to join in to spread peace throughout the Middle East.
8) Biden should have re-affirmed the US commitment to Israel’s security by honoring its current borders in Judea and Samaria and vowing to never allow a ‘Palestinian’ terrorist state within Israel’s current borders. He also should have promised to criminalize anti-Semitism in the U.S. and call on other nations to do the same. He should have promised to eliminate US aid to countries and international organizations – including the UN- that promote anti-Semitism, and to stop federal financing and tax subsidies for any NGO, academic institution, or media outlet that fosters it.
9) Biden should have vowed to protect the world from any aggressive move by China or Russia to take over another country by force. He should have promised Taiwan and South Korea the same protection that is granted to NATO countries.
10) Biden should have promised to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 virus and seek worldwide reparations from China, should it be found to be complicit.
Though controversial, such policies could lead to sustainable worldwide peace. In their absence, the world will continue to face additional ‘endless wars’. We can certainly do better than the phony and precarious status quo that we currently face, as evidenced by the meaningless speech and incompetent leadership that are hallmarks of Biden’s presidency!