December 4, 2022

Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address

The US President appeared overly elated, ending listing of each achievement with “Whooooah” in his State of the Union Address. However, he could not afford to say that after the shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan and handing it over to terrorist with $92 billion worth of weaponry, it was essential to get EU on board with indications that France and Germany were contemplating exiting NATO

By Lt Gen Prakash Katoch

President of the United States (POTUS) Joe Biden delivered the 2022 State of the Union Address on March 1, his first State of the Union and second speech to a joint session of the US Congress. The focus was on response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, achievements and goals over the past year in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, economy and social issues.

Biden appeared overly elated, ending listing of each achievement with “Whooooah”. This was a cue for standing ovations with some who kept sitting getting up when cameras focused on them. GOP representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert disrupted Biden’s speech chanting “Build the Wall” (Trump’s slogan). Boebert also shouted “You put them in, 13 of them”; referring to the 13 service members who died in the 2021 Kabul airport attack.

Biden said, Russian President Putin has badly miscalculated in invading Ukraine. The US stands with Ukraine. NATO was created to secure peace and security (same way as in Iraq and Afghanistan?). Powerful economic sanctions have been imposed on Russia – cutting off Russia’s largest banks from SWIFT, making Putin’s $630 billion war fund worthless.

Biden said, the US and allies are providing military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, including $1 billion in direct assistance. Our forces will not engage in the conflict with Russia in Ukraine, “next few days, weeks and months will be hard on them (Ukraine)”, but will fight if Putin moves West of Ukraine.

Biden praised Ukrainian President Zelensky and Ukrainians incessantly and said, “Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he’ll never gain the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people.” Whooooah, what a consolation! Isn’t that what the Tibetans have been saying for past 70 years plus?

Biden said, the US and allies are providing military, economic and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, including $1 billion in direct assistance. Our forces will not engage in the conflict with Russia in Ukraine, “next few days, weeks and months will be hard on them (Ukraine)”, but will fight if Putin moves West of Ukraine.

Biden announced the release of 60 million barrels of oil reserves around the world together with 30 countries, of which half will be from US reserves. The revenue from selling oil to EU will go to American coffers. But the daily global consumption of oil is over 100 million barrels? The EU consumes 15 million oil barrels daily and Germany itself consumes 2.05 million barrels daily.

Biden said his priority is price control but America’s inflation is at a 40-year high. His mantra was ‘Make in America’; more cars, semiconductors, infrastructure, innovations, goods moving faster and cheaper in America, and more jobs lowering costs but not wages. Whooooah, but products made in America are more expensive because of the labour costs.

The absence of masks in Parliament signalled pandemic-free America – Whooooah! Biden called for people to get vaccinated and return to normal life, promising everything will be done in case of another virus attack. Biden touted his first year achievements like the COVID-19 relief bill – Whooooah, the bipartisan infrastructure bill – Whoooah, need for robust voting-rights legislation, standing up for transgender and abortion rights etc. – Whoooah!

Conscious of midterm elections staring at him, Biden took the middle path calling for a “Unity Agenda” with four parts; beating the opioid epidemic, taking on mental health, supporting veterans, ending with “cancer as we know it.” Biden got much applause because he kept thanking both Republicans and Democrats with an eye on the next presidential elections on November 5, 2024.

But many things were unsaid by Biden or rather he cannot afford to say so, as mentioned below:

  • After the shameful withdrawal from Afghanistan and handing it over to terrorist with $92 billion worth of weaponry, it was essential to get EU on board with indications that France and Germany were contemplating exiting NATO.
  • The US “forced” Putin to invade Ukraine as explained by many scholars including by Scott Snyder (https://consortiumnews.com/2022/02/27/putins-nuclear-threat/).
  • Ukraine was propped up to lure Russians into attacking it, with joker Zelensky installed as President who loved dancing in high heels and playing the piano with his pants down.
  • Sanctions on Russia will also hit Europe hard. Biden acknowledges the Ukraine Conflict can carry on for weeks or months and so EU’s energy requirements will become critical.    
  • Media is being used to showcase what Russia is doing in Ukraine. The civilian casualties no doubt are tragic and deserve sympathy but isn’t this a miniscule percentage of what America did in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon and so many other countries? The invasion in Iraq itself was preceded by 42 days of non-stop bombing. But just because half of Ukraine is white-skinned Catholics, the tails of the US, UK and Europeans are smoldering. 
  • Hence, the information war is being orchestrated globally with fake visuals and media bought world over. But the truth cannot be hidden and it is interesting to see anchors of Republic TV in India and Pakistan TV being given shut up calls during debates on Ukraine. Who will believe comedian Zelensky talking of 9,000 Russian casualties, over 65 tanks and scores of aircraft and helicopters destroyed?
  • It is no secret that Joe Biden also has family business interests in Ukraine. There is opinion within the US that Joe Biden shaped America’ policies in Ukraine to benefit his son Hunter Biden. Even when Biden was Vice President under President Barak Obama, Hunter Biden was earning $50,000 from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma alone, as has emerged in investigation of the Delaware Panel. Biden’s family is also reportedly linked with the Chinese government-backed energy firm CEFC.
  • For Biden, only the US, UK and EU matter. That is why the US and the UNSC never called for a safe corridor from nationals of other nations stuck in Ukraine, even when Russian forces were not close to Kharkiv and Kiev.

Prudence demands that the US recognises Russia’s genuine security concerns and allows Ukraine to remain neutral but Biden will not permit this given that his ratings were lowest in December 2021 after the Afghanistan debacle. He has managed to rally the EU behind him and boost his arms industry with Germany already announcing $100 billion to purchase F-35s etc. from the US. But Biden is being myopic not realising how prolonging the conflict will affect the world including the EU, and the US with a 40-year high inflation.

The absence of masks in Parliament signalled pandemic-free America – Whooooah! Biden called for people to get vaccinated and return to normal life, promising everything will be done in case of another virus attack. Biden touted his first year achievements like the COVID-19 relief bill – Whooooah, the bipartisan infrastructure bill – Whoooah, need for robust voting-rights legislation, standing up for transgender and abortion rights etc. – Whoooah!

The Russian foreign minister had said that the Third World War may be nuclear but qualified it by saying that Russia does not want nuclear war. Russia has also said that it will not accept NATO domination. The EU needs to think afresh how the US, not Russia, has destroyed Ukraine and continues to do so. The British have always sat in America’s lap but France (despite presidential elections in April) and Germany must examine how Biden’s brinkmanship could lead them into nuclear war where no one will be a winner.

China is having a big laugh, saying that “the US, far from being able to fight on two fronts, is reluctant to fight one.”

The author is a veteran of the Indian Army. Views expressed are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of https://strategicaffairsindia.in

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