Joe Biden takes the oath of office next week, finally succeeding in his third run for the presidency. He does so in the midst of allegations that he won through virtue of serious breaches of election ethics.
Biden’s first attempt at the presidency was in 1988, a campaign that ended in a plagiarism scandal. His second attempt was in 2008, before he dropped out and was later named the vice-presidential candidate for Barack Obama.
He takes office at a time of unprecedented challenges.
Internationally, Russia and China have reached the culmination of massive military buildups decades in the making.
Beijing’s armed forces have been financed by rates of spending increases higher than either the Soviet Union or the United States at the height of the Cold War. They have been further strengthened by vast technology stolen from the west through a massive espionage operation, and also thanks to the inexplicable sale of Cray supercomputers during the Clinton Administration. A type of warfare already is taking place between Beijing and the U.S., as a massive espionage and political influence by China against America rages ahead.
Biden will be closely watched on this issue. His familial financial ties to Beijing are significant. Further, his party, particularly those from California, appears to have been heavily influence by China. It may not be a coincidence that the leading opponents of the strongly anti-Beijing Trump Administration hail from that state, including Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff, as well as Eric Swalwell and Diane Feinstein, both of whom had had their personal lives and/or offices significantly infiltrated by China’s spies. Major Golden State industries, including Big Tech and Hollywood, have, like Biden, significant financial relations with the Communist giant.
Moscow, with a weaker economy, has increased its dependence on nuclear weapons, a cheaper alternative than maintaining an army equivalent in size to that held by the USSR. Russia leads the U.S. in nuclear weapons, thanks to a deal made early on in the Obama-Biden Administration. It has enough uranium for those nukes, following a deal approved by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Atomic danger also emanates from Iran. The Obama-Biden Administration signed onto a “deal,” actually a treaty that should have been sent to the Senate for approval but never was, which allowed the Islamic radical state to develop nuclear forces after a relatively short period of time. The Trump Administration, through sanctions, and Israel’s Mossad spy agency, have attempted to halt Tehran’s progress. The Biden camp has signaled that it may re-enter the failed agreement, returning to the puzzling tilt towards Iran favored by the Obama-Biden White House.
The nation remains in the grip of the plague from China. In January of 2020, key members of Biden’s party called President Trump’s attempt to stop travel from China “racist and xenophobic.” Whether his Administration will be more capable in dealing with the future of the pandemic remains to be seen.
Racial divisions and leftist political extremism, ramped up by “progressive” Democrats and allied groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter, have reached unprecedented heights. During the campaign, Biden was reluctant to address the unparalleled, nationwide violence that gripped many of the nation’s cities, out of fear of alienating the left wing of his party.
Will the newly-elected President rise above his party’s authoritarian impulses?
Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government.