When he was a candidate on the campaign trail, and as global chaos grows, Joe Biden promised that the world order would return to one in which America was at the top.
In his campaign website, he asserted: “The world does not organize itself. American leadership, backed by clear goals and sound strategies, is necessary to effectively address the defining global challenges of our time. In order to lead again, we must restore our credibility and influence. From day one of a Biden administration, other countries will once again have reason to trust and respect the word of an American president.”
On top of that, he also talked tough against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On his Twitter page, Biden said on Feb. 21, 2020, “Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why – it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.”
Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 21, 2020
However, over 13 months since Biden took office, the said “world order” is on the brink of just breaking.
This started with the embarrassing U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. There, desperate Afghans were seen clinging to American plains leaving the airport, only to fall to their deaths. Additionally, the safety of American troops only depended on Taliban fighters while U.S. civilians were stranded in the said country after the president didn’t fulfill his promise of not leaving them behind.
It started with a humiliating American exit from Afghanistan, in which desperate Afghans clung to departing American planes only to fall to their deaths, the safety of American soldiers was dependent on Taliban fighters, and American civilians were stranded in the country after their president broke his promise not to leave them behind.
Who’s on top?
Currently, the order that governs this world is more akin to a global version of king-of-the-hill. For one, Russia is waging a violent takeover of Ukraine even with Biden’s assurances that, if he became U.S. president, Putin would stop bullying Eastern Europe.
“Putin knows that when I am president of the United States his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate the United States and those in Eastern Europe are over,” Biden claimed back in October 2019.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed on the president’s promise about Putin no longer seeking to “intimidate Eastern Europe. However, she denied that Biden’s guarantee had already fallen short.
“I would look at it, actually, from the prism of: The United States and President Biden has rallied the world, rallied Europe to stand up against the efforts and the actions of President Putin,” Psaki stated.
Following Putin’s declaration of a “special military operation” in the former Soviet state, Russia has launched a full-scale invasion in Ukraine. The Russian president is widely known to have looked for a pretext to invade after ordering Russian troops to gather along the Border and declaring the independence of two regions in Ukraine.
A total of 137 soldiers and civilians from Ukraine have been killed as of early Friday. According to Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, that number will likely rise.
Despite some critics arguing that worldwide chaos will become worse under former Pres. Donald Trump, Republicans have argued that the current administration’s perceived weakness on the global stage has emboldened some countries to become more aggressive from Americas’s allies.
Ukraine begged Biden to levy sanctions prior to being invaded.
Biden sat on his hands and did nothing.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) February 25, 2022
Russia is not the only one trying to capitalize on global instability.