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Cognitive Decline as a Policy Principle: Understanding Biden’s Confused Agenda

Posted on | May 22, 2024 | Comments Off on Cognitive Decline as a Policy Principle: Understanding Biden’s Confused Agenda

Ed Driscoll at Instapundit had two posts today that, when juxtaposed, tell us a lot about the effect of having a senile president. First, Ed had a post about Bill Maher. Appearing on The View, Maher described Biden as “cadaver-like.” Appearing on Gutfeld, Maher contrasted Biden’s nearly-dead condition with the much more vigorous condition of Donald Trump, even though Trump is just four years younger than Biden.

Then, Ed had a post about the anti-Israel actions of European governments, in which he quoted Jim Treacher:

Biden is currently coddling the Jew-haters in his own party because he desperately needs their votes.
And yet he’s still moaning about Charlottesville in 2017. “Oh, can you believe those Nazis? Look how much they hate the Jews!”
Which is true. What’s also true is that you never saw any of those idiots again.

Seriously, who even are those dumb hillbillies? What are they doing now? It’s been seven years. Who are they influencing? Why should I care?

At the end of that post, Ed linked to a post at Hot Air: “Of Course: Biden Was Plotting With Iran Against Israel”:

Secret talks between Iran and the United States in Oman were making good progress, but have now been jeopardised by the sudden death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his foreign minister.
Brett McGurk, US President Joe Biden’s senior Middle East adviser, held indirect negotiations earlier this month with Ali Bagheri Kani, Iran’s point man for negotiations with the West, according to three Iranian sources close to the talks. . . .
The talks focused on three subjects: a shared desire for a change in government in Israel; ending Israel’s war on Gaza; and preventing the conflict from spreading elsewhere in the region.

Stabbing Israel in the back to appease the mullahs in Tehran? As outrageous as that is, it is entirely consistent with the Biden administration’s policy of loudly proclaiming to be pro-Israel while at the same time doing everything possible to aid Israel’s enemies, both in the U.S. and around the world. And notice how Biden’s personal grudge against Netanyahu gets played out as a matter of official policy.

Just in case you forgot about this grudge:

In March 2010, Biden traveled to Jerusalem to push President Barack Obama’s ambitious peace plans on Netanyahu — the prime minister whom the then-vice president, upon landing, called his “close, personal friend of over 33 years.” Obama wanted a freeze on construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank to avoid depriving the Palestinians of land for a future state as U.S. special envoy George Mitchell restarted Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. But upon Biden’s arrival, Netanyahu’s government suddenly announced the construction of 1,600 new Israeli apartments in the disputed territory. This humiliated and enraged Biden, who retaliated by keeping his close personal friend “Bibi” waiting for an hour and a half at dinner that night.

“Close personal friend”? Probably just more Biden malarkey, I suspect, but if it were actually true that Biden and Netanyahu had been “friends” since the 1970s, that didn’t give Biden the right to dictate policy to Netanyahu, and the announcement of the expanded Israeli settlements in the West Bank was a necessary signal, both to the people of Israel and their enemies: “Don’t get any ideas. We’re not going to let this Obama guy bulldoze us into any bad deals.” Anyone who genuinely sympathizes with Israel (as Biden claims he does) would understand Netanyahu’s motives.

When you combine Biden’s personal grudge against Netanyahu with the pro-Hamas sympathies of the Democratic Party’s left-wing grassroots, you have a situation where Biden (who, as Treacher notes, has a habit of smearing Republicans as Nazis) becomes a de facto ally of anti-Semites, and the elderly occupant of the White House is too feeble-minded to find a way to extricate himself from this situation. Why do you think the White House staff is always having to “walk back” things that Biden says? Because he doesn’t even understand his own administration’s policies. Which is a problem I can relate to, because they don’t make any sense at all to me, but shouldn’t the man who is allegedly in charge of the Biden administration be able to understand them?

Would the policies be better if Joe Biden wasn’t senile? I don’t know — Democrats are Democrats, and their policies are always bad — but there might be more coherence to the administration’s policies if it were not for the blatantly obvious mental decline of the Geezer-in-Chief.

The good news is that we might only have a few more months to endure this catastrophic regime. Trump is currently leading the Real Clear Politics poll average, and is also leading in all the battleground states, which means Our Long National Nightmare may soon be over.

The bad news is, 45.8% will vote for Biden, according to the RCP average, and we don’t have enough mental health facilities to treat all these people, so crazy that they would vote to reelect Joe Biden.


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