By COURTENAY BARNETT
Dear beloved we are gathered once more at the altar of the almighty truth.
Our sermon for today is entitled ‘Joe Biden: war or peace?’
As outgoing President Trump does his last hustle to collect as much as he can, obtain allegedly to support his litigation to retain the presidency with the court’s assistance, our time and attention is better spent more realistically focusing one’s mind on the prospects and policies of President-elect Joe Biden. To do so with a measure of realism the structure of the US system needs to be understood.
There are two critical constants for any president of the United States of America:-
1. The dictates of the military-industrial complex; and
2. The foreign policy trajectory, as actual military policy, of ‘full spectrum dominance’.
The US economy is dominated by military production. In a succinct and prescient manner, in the early 1960s in his farewell speech, then President Eisenhower explained in a quite precise way how the military had begun to dominate and dictate to the US economy :-
As a compliment to that reality, investment in the military is extended by doctrine into a policy that since the end of World War 11( WW11) assures that the US aims to achieve control over all dimensions of the global battlespace.
For decades each new President has presided over a new war or US military intervention. Carter had Panama; Reagan had Grenada; George Bush senior had Iraq/Gulf War 1; Clinton had Yugoslavia; George Bush Jr. had Iraq/Gulf War 11; Obama had Libya; Trump did not have a new war.
It is interesting that Trump is embraced by his supporters as an America first ‘isolationist’. He did try to secure troop reduction in both Afghanistan and Syria. He found himself in conflict with the US military and Pentagon. His ultimate undoing was that his leadership style was chaotic, erratic, unpredictable and inadequately consultative. In consequence, he succeeded in either insulting or annoying sufficient numbers within the electorate that he was voted out of office.
Within the framework just described one can rest assured, President-elect Joe Biden shall remain safely within the confines of established US military policy.
Whether Biden claims for himself a new war is a matter one but can guess on. His history and personality provide helpful predictive hints. In large measure Joe Biden’s voting record confirms that he has voted far more consistently to support US war efforts than he has ever opposed overseas military ventures. His political predisposition reveals a status quo middle of the road politician inclined more to the centre and right than to the left. At his age he is not likely to change when in office as president.
The question therefore is – war or peace?
I anticipate more likelihood of the former than the latter if history is the best predictor of the future.
Circumstances so dictate.
Should there be doubt as to the nature and record of the politician with whom we shall be dealing with as President, then let us examine the factual and quite accurate record on Joe Biden when he helped march the US into the Iraq war:-
Joe Biden – over to you.
COURTENAY BARNETT is a graduate of London University. His areas of study were economics, political science and international law. He has been a practising lawyer for over thirty years, and has argued public interest and human rights cases. He has published several articles in the Effective Learning Report. He lives and works in the Caribbean