'New sheriff' in WH has different priorities than Trump

Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping (2013)A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor isn't surprised at all that President Joe Biden's "National Security Strategy" (NSS) puts left-leaning things like climate change and racial justice ahead of confronting adversaries like China and Russia.

Last week, Jake Sullivan, the president's national security advisor, released a document entitled "Interim National Security Strategic Guidance." It conveys Biden's vision for how America will engage with the world – and provides guidance for federal departments and agencies "to align their actions" with that vision.

Former President Donald Trump's NSS focused on competing with Russia and China. In contrast, Biden's top security issues – according to the Interim NSS Guidance – are "a global pandemic, a crushing economic downturn, a crisis of racial justice, a deepening climate emergency," followed by "a world of rising nationalism, receding democracy," and finally a "growing rivalry with China, Russia, and other authoritarian states, and a technological revolution."

Robert Maginnis serves as senior fellow for national security at Family Research Council.

Maginnis

"If I'm the secretary of state or defense – like Lloyd Austin or one of these other people," he reacts, "I'm going to look at this and say 'Okay, here's what I have to do: I have to make sure [I address] the pandemic and economics and racial justice and climate emergency and rising nationalism [and] receding democracy …. Then maybe if I have time I'll go after China and Russia.'"

The issues of rising nationalism and receding democracy, he tells One News Now, are "really a strike at Trump supporters."

In an email to One News Now, Maginnis also finds "interesting" the administration's call to action.

"It calls for collective action against our 'biggest threats': biological risks, climate crisis, cyber threats, economic disruptions, humanitarian crises, violent extremism, proliferation of nuclear weapons," he writes. "These threats fail to mention China, although the name 'China' is mentioned 15 times across the document. However, any rational national security expert knows that communist China is our 'biggest threat.'"

In summary, Maginnis says this is quite a change from what the U.S. had under Trump.

"It's a leftist agenda which shouldn't surprise anyone," he offers. "It's certainly arguably the way in which this administration is going – [and] it clearly follows a template that I've seen in the Marxist world."


Editor's note: AP photo above was taken in 2013, when Joe Biden was Barack Obama's vice president.

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