August 22, 2019

Can Biden Restore the Pre-Trump World Order?

“Joe Biden just made his foreign policy pitch to the American people: If you elect me, I will try to undo all the damage Trump has done.

The 2020 Democratic frontrunner unveiled his foreign policy platform in a nearly hour-long speech at the City University of New York on Thursday. In it, the former vice president promised to restore America’s democratic leadership in the world and to work with our allies to tackle global challenges, from climate change to terrorism to nuclear proliferation.

He also spent plenty of time slamming the current president.

“The world sees [President Donald] Trump for what he is: insincere, ill-informed, and impulsive. Sometimes corrupt. Dangerously incompetent, and incapable, in my view, of world leadership and leadership at home,” Biden told the audience.

The plan Biden laid out was the exact opposite of President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach in nearly every respect. But though he promised to pursue a “forward-thinking foreign policy” that deals with the world as it is today, Biden’s speech seemed focused much more on restoring the world as it once was, back when he and President Barack Obama were running things.

In other words, Biden is not so much offering voters a bold vision for the future as much as he’s presenting a plan for how to restore the past.

The question is whether that idealized past can — or even should — be restored.”

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