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Joe Biden’s fraudulent democracy summit

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Joe Biden’s fraudulent democracy summit

In the eyes of Joe Biden, Pakistan, a terror-patron nation that sponsors Taliban jihadists and other radical Islamic terrorist groups is one of the most important participants of his fraudulent democracy summit. According to analysts, Biden’s much-ballyhooed virtual democracy summit on December 9 and 10 is already generating justifiable criticism. While majority of the democratic nations were ignored in this funny summit, playing the democracy card has also exacerbated already serious tensions between the Biden administration and Russia and China. Both powers interpret the summit as an effort to enlist other nations in a hostile, containment policy directed against them. In fact, this summit was the brazen hypocrisy of the US policy on democracy and the key reason behind this summit was actually not promoting or encouraging democracy, instead it was a global show-off of Joe Biden, a president whose approval ratings are deep down the water.

The invitation list to Biden’s summit underscores that the United States’ double standard on democracy is alive and well. Although the administration excluded all of the governments that are obvious, indisputable autocracies, some of the invitees warranted a reaction of surprise, if not outright disgust, from people truly committed to democratic norms. Despite the State Department’s own reports confirming that Pakistan and the Philippines are frequently guilty of “extrajudicial killings” and other civil liberties abuses, representatives of both governments will participate in the summit. Likewise, Brazil is given the honor of providing input on democracy promotion despite its own dramatic backsliding into authoritarian practices in recent years. Kosovo also made the invitation list, even though key members of the country’s political elite face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity before an international tribunal. Charges in this case include the systematic murder of prisoners of war to sell their organs on the international black market.

Commenting on Biden’s democracy summit, Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and a contributing editor at the National Interest wrote: A clear pattern emerges regarding inclusions and exclusions, especially in murky or marginal cases. Two types of governments make the invitation list even when there are serious questions about their own commitment to democracy. In the first category are the significant geopolitical players that Washington is courting for strategic objectives. This category is why there was almost no chance India or Brazil would be snubbed. 

US leaders want India to become an active member of a containment policy directed against China. Both the Trump and Biden administrations lobbied aggressively to convert the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, commonly known as the Quad, which has Japan, Australia, India, and the United States as members, into a military alliance for that purpose. Although the Quad has conducted a growing number of joint military exercises, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has thus far refrained from making that policy commitment, but Washington’s courtship continues. Brazil is a key economic and political player in the Western Hemisphere, and Washington is especially concerned about President Jair Bolsonaro’s government and its growing economic ties with Russia and China. Given this geopolitical context, Biden administration officials will not allow defects in either country’s domestic governance to be an obstacle for strategic objectives.

Joe Biden has invited smaller countries with highly questionable democratic credentials to get America’s imprimatur for the democracy summit was to obediently follow Biden’s leadership of important international issues. In plain words, Biden, a president with sinking approval ratings made the frantic bid of establishing himself as a mighty leader to the international community. He wants to use the participants of the summit in either echoing or joining his agendas against a number of foreign nations.

It was not any democracy summit. Instead it was Joe Biden’s hypocrisy and fraudulent summit.

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An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, research-scholar, counter-terrorism specialist, and editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter Salah_Shoaib

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