With sycophantic senators like Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, and Senator Richard Burr (disgracefully) of North Carolina, running around parroting Russian propaganda about Ukraine interfering in the American election of 2016 – an absurd theory that has been debunked repeatedly by our own intelligence agencies – it is more apparent than ever that the Democrats are going to be far more electable if they nominate Joe Biden.
I put my own keister on the line spending over a year in Central Asia working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on elections, civil society, media, and women’s programs, as well as conducting later trainings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Colombia.
Among other challenges in Central Asia, an Al-Qaeda allied group was leafleting my street in Dushanbe regularly. Much more importantly, President Putin was already putting pressure on the various Central Asian presidents to crack down on any foreign organizations that had been invited in by the small Central Asian governments if they were running any kind of trainings explaining how government worked in the West. The only candidate who would be fully prepared to understand such an experience and run US foreign policy on his first day is Joe Biden.
Unlike virtually all of the other Democrats running, Joe Biden has deep first-hand experience and knowledge about not only the modern foreign policy of the United States, but also of the historical antecedents that led to it.
For many years, Joe Biden was an innovative thinker in foreign policy matters, not at all the rubber stamp for US foreign intervention that some on the left caricature him as.
For example, while others were just advocating withdrawal from Iraq – which ultimately resulted in the emergence of ISIS/Daesh – by contrast Joe Biden was trying to find ways to strengthen local governments in Iraq such as increasing federalism so that local Sunni chieftains in Anbar province would have more of a say in what happened to the oil underneath their tribal lands, thereby giving them a natural incentive to oppose ISIS.
Most of the other candidates who would stand on a debate stage with Donald Trump just don’t have that depth of experience in many parts of the world beyond the Middle East, and it will show.
So beyond the importance of uniting the Democratic Party and bringing together the African-American community with white liberals and progressives, as well as working class Democrats and independents of all races, the unexpected emerging primacy of foreign policy is just one more reason why we need Joe Biden, a perennially underestimated candidate, to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.