Foreign follies

By Christopher Harper

If the recent international trips of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are any indication, the next four years will be a disaster.

At the G-7 conference in Great Britain, Biden interrupted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask for an introduction of the leader of South Africa. He was greeted with snickers from other leaders as he somehow missed that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the only black man in the room, had already been introduced.

Later, at a news conference, Biden continually confused Libya and Syria. 

“There’s a lot going on where we can work together with Russia. For example, in Libya, we should be opening up the passes to be able to go through and provide — provide food assistance and economic — I mean, vital assistance to a population that’s in real trouble,” he told reporters.

After confusing the two countries several more times, Biden aides had to inform journalists that the president meant Syria rather than Libya. 

What a comfort as Biden headed for Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin!

But the media played along and ignored the gaffes, reveling in the lack of Donald Trump’s presence and puffing up Biden’s “accomplishments.”

“G-7 leaders come Together on Global Minimum Tax, Democratic Ideals.” The New York Times bellowed at the end of the meeting. “The agreement represented a dramatic return of America’s postwar international diplomacy, and Biden said it was evidence of the strength of the world’s democracies in tackling hard problems.”

I am genuinely heartened that the G-7 can agree on democratic ideals. Unfortunately, I still haven’t figured out precisely what the global minimum tax will do other than stifle business and individual enterprise throughout the developed world. 

The Washington Post reported, “[P]erhaps the most striking part of the first G-7 summit in the post-Trump era was its sheer normalcy and even the bland scriptedness that undergirded most of the proceedings.”

I think it’s grand that the leaders of the developed world can agree on normalcy and blandness. What a great accomplishment! 

Harris, the designed hitter on the border crisis, didn’t perform much better in her brief swing into Latin America to talk with the leaders of Mexico and Guatemala. 

The vice president hasn’t even visited the border since being anointed as the border crisis queen, and the administration has failed to articulate what it plans to do about the problems. In May, the U.S. Border Patrol reported that it stopped 180,034 people trying to cross through there, the highest number since Biden took office and nearly eight times the 23,000 stopped in May 2020.

Harris has fumbled several interviews about the border crisis.

The most awkward was an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, when she told him, “We’ve been to the border.” 

He corrected her, pointing out that she has not been to the border. 

That’s about the only aggressive question anyone from the mainstream media has made about the growing incompetence of Biden and Harris’ foreign policy. 

Silly me, why should I be surprised? Everything is just great because Trump is no longer president.