Much of the work that matters is happening off-camera, so that the new American administration can deliver its message even before the two leaders meet.
David Rothkopf is CEO of The Rothkopf Group, a media company that produces podcasts including Deep State Radio, hosted by Rothkopf. TRG also produces custom podcasts for clients including the United Arab Emirates. He is also the author of many books including Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power, Superclass, Power, Inc., National Insecurity, Great Questions of Tomorrow, and Traitor: A History of Betraying America from Benedict Arnold to Donald Trump.
Biden knows that our biggest challenge at home and abroad is the struggle between pro-democratic and pro-authoritarian forces. He’s fighting to make sure that the right side wins.
His administration avoided placing too much public pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu because they suspected he would make a public display of ignoring it.
Americans are heading back to the beaches as people in India are fighting for their lives.
It is about rejecting demographic change, the mechanisms of a free press, equal justice under law for all of us, and the very idea of pluralism.
“It’s never been a good bet to bet against America,” he concluded. “And it still isn’t.”
Our would-be strongman is gone but if Israel’s clings to power, what’s left of a decades-long bond between the two countries isn’t likely to survive much longer.
Our principal rival and our greatest threats in this new era come from authoritarian states where privacy rights do not exist and openness is not a concern.
Russia and China are testing the new administration to see how it will respond to their threats. Biden’s goal is to head off the crises they’re precipitating before they escalate.
American foreign policy is once again guided by our national interests and shared values, rather than the ambitions of a pol catering to domestic right-wing evangelical extremists.