America’s national security and foreign policy establishment — what you might call ‘the deep state’ — has never warmed to Joe Biden.
“I think he [Joe Biden] has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” wrote George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s defence secretary, Robert Gates, in his 2014 memoir, ‘Duty’. …
Gates, also a former CIA director, remarked: “I think the vice president has some issues with the military.”
Biden just declared war on the military and foreign policy part of the swamp:
President, Biden overruled his generals and his Cabinet to get out of Afghanistan, or as the uber-hawkish senator Lindsey Graham, an ex-Biden friend, put it: the president “ignored sound advice” from the national security establishment and most importantly, “he’s been this way for forty years.”
And on Tuesday, President Biden delivered a speech his predecessor never did: an emboldened “America First” defence of why the United States left Afghanistan. “The decision about Afghanistan isn’t just about Afghanistan,” the president declared. “It’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries.”
Across the river in Northern Virginia, land of the defence contractor, you could hear a pin drop.
The headline in the Washington famous Politico Playbook on Wednesday was crystal clear: “Biden vs. the Blob”…
This might get interesting:
‘The Blob,’ and its ally in government, ‘the deep state,’ is a multi-tentacled thing. …
Challenging the hidden high command is not exactly unprecedented, but it is rare and startling when the gauntlet is thrown down so forcefully, as Biden did this week. Ex-presidents such as Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman sounded the alarm on “the military industrial complex” (in Eisenhower’s farewell address) and the Central Intelligence Agency (as Truman did in a letter to the editor in 1963).
The defence establishment and its adherents have deep pockets, and even deeper relations in the media sphere. It’s been a parade of horribles in mainstream media as of late — great umbrage has been taken by a cast of former officers, national security officials and war on terror intellectuals that the U.S. would change a thing after twenty years.
Democratic defences of the President have been tepid in recent weeks. A Senate candidate told me on Wednesday he pitched himself to the major morning shows, including liberal mainstays like “Morning Joe,” to defend President Biden. The response was ice cold.
So as Biden shuts down one war, it’s clear he’s opened up another: with a dangerous foe at home.
Maybe the military leadership first fought back by deliberately bungling the Afghanistan exit — it’s hard to believe anyone could be that incompetent. Thus, Biden would get blamed. And maybe replaced — but Harris?