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After the failed exit from Afghanistan, the immigration crisis, and unstoppable inflation, Biden will now have to face a new challenge that could end up sinking his popularity: Ukraine.
Certainly any decision taken today in the White House regarding this issue will be quite unpopular: sending, and probably sacrificing, thousands of troops, spending more taxpayers’ money in a rather difficult economic situation, and opening the doors to a new war with Russia, will be a difficult decision to swallow for a large part of the nation; but not acting and watching how Putin’s army advances and crushes one of America’s partners, could also send a message of weakness that will not please another part of the population.
Unfortunately, the initial problem was to have allowed it to come to this situation; it is no secret that Biden is a president who does not inspire respect within his own territory, much less outside it; he is, to the regret of Americans, a president incapable of representing the greatness of the U.S.
For years the Democrats criticized and spoke of an alleged collusion between Trump and Russia, something that would prove to be false, and worse, fabricated by the Clinton team, today it turns out that the one Russia is running over is Biden, and those of the blue party have no answer.
Trump was not exactly the most enthusiastic president to use military force, but he had a great weapon to inspire fear and respect in his enemies: his personality.
Nixon was accused of using the “Madman Theory” to make his enemies believe that he was crazy and so volatile that he could start a bloody war at any small threat, with Trump something similar happened.
During Trump’s years in the White House, the nation’s enemies were kept at bay and silent. In fact, the Republican was able to sign different peace treaties in the Middle East and the Balkans; the achievements of the 45th President in international politics are enormous, something Biden will not be able to boast about.
The truth is that when the Democrats took power the world was in order, as soon as the “Madman” left the White House a war was triggered between Israel and Palestine, the Taliban terrorists took power in Afghanistan and took millions of dollars in American military equipment bequeathed by Biden, Russia is about to invade Ukraine, and China has the same threats over Taiwan after imposing more authoritarianism in Hong Kong without receiving an effective response from the White House.
The real misfortune is not that Biden has to decide whether to send troops to defend Ukraine, the misfortune is to have in power a president who inspires neither fear nor respect, and who has led us all to live in an anarchic and dangerous world where authoritarians do their thing without a real counterweight.
Emmanuel Rincón is a lawyer, writer, novelist and essayist. He has won several international literary awards. He is Editor-at-large at El American // Emmanuel Rincón es abogado, escritor, novelista y ensayista. Ganador de diversos premios literarios internacionales. Es editor-at-large en El American