A big part of President Donald Trump’s tenure in office — along with the lack of any new foreign conflicts under his watch — has been his adherence to the notion of “peace through strength” and a beefed-up military that is capable of handling any threat presented around the globe.
But if Democratic nominee Joe Biden, already proclaimed by the media to be president-elect, ultimately assumes office, that’s probably going to change. Biden reportedly plans to “de-emphasize” the U.S. military and intends to focus more on alliances and diplomacy to counter potential issues, Axios reported.
Such a change would present to America’s allies and enemies a stark, and potentially dangerous, contrast between the administrations of Trump and Biden and how emergent conflicts will be approached.
Biden plans to “de-emphasize the military”
The news about Biden’s intent to draw back the U.S. military as a prominent set-piece on the global stage came in a recent Axios report detailing what is known about Biden’s search for a nominee to be the next head of the Defense Department. Biden recently rolled out a number of prominent players in his prospective national security team, but has delayed announcing his pick for Defense Secretary.
Citing two anonymous sources said to have direct knowledge of Biden’s thinking on the topic, the outlet reported: “The Biden team wants to elevate diplomacy and de-emphasize the military as an instrument of national power.”
“So having DoD rollout front-and-center sends one message,” Axios quoted one source as saying. “Not doing so sends another message. There has always been the intent to signal from Day One that this is not an administration that is going to put the Pentagon at the center of things.”
Who will be Biden’s DefSec?
Axios noted that one of the apparent top contenders to be Biden’s pick appeared to be retired four-star General Lloyd Austin, formerly the head of U.S. Central Command who left military service in 2016.
Other potential picks include former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who was previously the Pentagon’s general counsel, as well as Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a combat veteran that was considered as a running mate, and Michelle Flournoy, a former top Pentagon official under both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
While there are certainly pros and cons and questions of ability and experience with each of those individuals being Defense secretary, a big factor in Biden’s ultimate decision — thanks to the “woke” far-left progressives influencing Biden’s team — are the immutable characteristics of each one, such as their respective gender and race.
A wide range of potential problems
It would appear, however, that regardless of who Biden eventually picks to head up the Defense Department in his prospective administration, they will be playing a reduced role in comparison to the Trump administration, and that could pose problems down the road in the not-too-distant future.
Some of the biggest potential problems facing America that may require military force — or at least the legitimate threat of such — will be the nuclear-ambitious Iranian regime, the increasingly aggressive Chinese communist regime, and growing instability in Central and South America. The chaos and disorder wrought worldwide by the coronavirus pandemic could also result in unanticipated flashpoints.
Rather than wield the “big stick” that is the might of the U.S. military as a threat to keep rivals and upstarts in-line, it looks like Biden instead hopes to rely almost exclusively on the carrots of aid, diplomacy, and bureaucratic international alliances.