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Media Pushes Predictable Narrative of President Biden Restoring America’s Standing in the World

Brett Davis

Posted on June 14, 2021 23:07

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The U.S. is more popular abroad — at least in surveys — when it caves to the international community. Not so much when it takes unilateral, decisive, and necessary action.

The establishment media is pushing a story about a Pew Research Center survey purporting to show President Biden is burnishing America’s image on the international stage. It could not play out otherwise, according to our all-wise gatekeepers in the fourth estate enduring the aftermath of the presidency of the orange monster known as Donald Trump.

Anyone keeping track of this phenomenon for the last several administrations has likely noticed a trend: America is decidedly more beloved poll-wise when its president kowtows to the international community and shows deference to rival, even hostile, nations. Conversely, the nation’s popularity wanes on the world stage with a president who unapologetically stands up for America, often defying the feckless international community in boldly responding to global affairs as needed.

It’s a pattern too well delineated to ignore. Of course, ignoring global reality is what survey-takers and journalists do in pushing the narrative that Democratic presidents make America popular internationally, while Republican presidents have the opposite effect. Consider how Barack Obama was portrayed as the savior president to the cowboy diplomacy of predecessor George W. Bush. Never mind President Bush’s military action in Afghanistan and, more controversially, Iraq was in response to the most significant attack on the continental U.S. since the War of 1812. Likewise, short shrift was given to President Obama’s weakness in abandoning Iraq, acquiescing to Russia annexing Crimea, and signing onto the Neville Chamberlain-like nuclear deal with Iran. Global favorability ratings, after all, validated Obama as a leader of hope and change, as compared to Bush’s recklessness.

Paradoxical history repeats itself. Take the allegedly popular Biden administration’s so-far underwhelming foreign policy performance: investigating at the speed of a glacier the very real possibility the COVID-19 pandemic is the result of a lab leak from a lab in Wuhan, China; a return to a two-state solution diplomacy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that incentivized Hamas militants to rain down missiles on the Jewish state; failure to sanction Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline; and the inexplicable attempt to get back in the worthless nuclear deal with Iran.

The universal pariah of a Trump administration facilitated the Abraham Accords, hemmed in Iran after abandoning the useless nuclear deal, moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, destroyed the Islamic State’s caliphate, and began standing up to China.

Obama, naturally, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize less than nine months into his first term. Hell will freeze over before Trump is so honored.

The allies’ warm embrace of a doddering Biden at this week’s G7 summit suggests America is popular abroad insofar as its new president is malleable to world opinion in terms of foreign policy. The governments of China, Russia and Iran also find America more to their liking now, but for more nefarious reasons.

By Gary Varvel, Creators.com

 

Brett Davis

Posted on June 14, 2021 23:07

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