War Party Chaperoned President Biden During His ‘One-on-One’ Summit with President Putin
Dec. 8, 2021 (EIRNS)—It was touted as a “one-on-one” summit over a “secure” video-conference line, and Russian President Vladimir Putin stuck strictly to that format for his Dec. 7 summit with President Joe Biden: he was alone in the room, and even had his interpreter sit in a separate room. Biden, on the other hand, was chaperoned throughout by Secretary of State Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, and National Security Council senior director for Russia Eric Green.
Immediately following the summit, the chaperones deployed to put out the official U.S. line. Sullivan gave a 40-minute briefing to the press Tuesday afternoon, suggesting that the U.S. was prepared for a two-front war against Russia and China; and Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke at length later that evening with Thorold Barker of the Wall Street Journal at the Barker’s CEO Council Summit.
Blinken was chillingly clear in delivering threats and warnings to both Russia and China, blaming them for the Ukraine and Taiwan crises, respectively, and threatening a blistering U.S. response to any military moves those countries might make. Blinken was particularly explicit about the Establishment’s gambit in pulling out of Afghanistan, actually arguing that the American people do still have “an appetite ... to re-engage overseas if necessary”—i.e., launch more perennial wars, only this time directly against Russia and China, exactly as Lyndon LaRouche had warned all along was the true strategic intention behind the Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, etc. provocations.
“It’s also true that in ending America’s longest war and making sure that we’re not sending a third generation of Americans back to fight and die in Afghanistan, that frees up a tremendous amount of resources and focus for other challenges. And what we certainly know from other countries that may seek to challenge us is that it was not necessarily bad for them we were bogged down in Afghanistan with the prospect of remaining there for another five or ten years. It’s a very different strategic equation when we have actually ended the longest war and can focus on other things.”
Blinken was then asked by the Wall Street Journal’s Barker: “So if you’re freed up to do that a year into your job, what do you think the appetite of the American people is to re-engage overseas if necessary at this point?”
To which the politically tone-deaf Blinken responded: “Oh, I think the appetite is significant, and there’s a reason for it, and in fact, I think we’ve seen when we disengage what happens.... But that’s why at the heart of things I think that most Americans want to see us engaged....”
Barker turned to China:
“The U.S. has been more visible in its support of Taiwan in recent months—at least it seems to be—and it was—for example, it was invited to the virtual conference later, the summit of this week, Summit of Democracy. But can you just explain how far you’re willing to go to actually defend Taiwan’s independence given China’s stated aims over the longer term?”
Blinken answered with a similar threat to China:
“Beijing has clearly decided that it’s not content with the status quo that has long prevailed when it’s come to Taiwan.... What I can say is that if Beijing were to decide to try to change the status quo unilaterally by force, it would be a very serious mistake.... In my estimation, China wants a world order. It benefits from a world order. The challenge is that the world order that China would prefer is a profoundly illiberal one, as opposed to a liberal one.”