President Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered his first address to the United Nations General Assembly since taking office in January.
In one particularly stark assessment, he addressed the perceived “code red for humanity” that has stemmed from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our shared grief is a poignant reminder”
He went on to urge world leaders “of every nation from every background” to unite behind the common goal of eradicating the virus, though critics say his actions elsewhere have created divisions that have further fractured U.S. alliances.
“Each death is an individual heartbreak,” he said. “But our shared grief is a poignant reminder that our collective future will hinge on our ability to recognize our common humanity and to act together.”
Despite his calls for the world to come together, his words mean little in the face of actions that have weakened the nation’s global standing.
The nation and world arguably have more important issues to address than a pandemic that appears to be on the decline.
For starters, Biden’s botched U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan appears to have ushered in a safe haven for terrorists who threaten nations across the region and beyond.
“If we can summon the will and resolve”
Meanwhile, Russia and China are clearly eager to take advantage of the division erupting among longtime allies of the United States.
Although COVID-19 remains a convenient scapegoat, it seems clear that the actual cause of the current “code red” situation is the American president himself.
Biden nevertheless ended his U.N. address with a global call to action, asserting: “As a global community, we’re challenged by urgent and looming crises, wherein lie enormous opportunities if we can summon the will and resolve to seize these opportunities.”
Of course, he is no doubt referencing COVID-19, climate change, and other problems frequently cited by progressives instead of the disastrous policies of his own administration. Among his scores of critics in the U.S. and around the globe, however, there is little doubt that Biden’s time in office has made the world less safe.