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‘America is back’? Back in the mire, maybe. What a laughable, hollow slogan Biden’s soundbite has proved to be…

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20.08.2021

When Joe Biden came into office in January, the liberal mainstream media sought to quite literally sweep all of America's problems under the carpet. “America is back!” the new president triumphantly declared, and that slogan was trumpeted everywhere. It was easy to assume that the ‘nightmare’ of the past few years was over, and that it was Donald Trump who was responsible for everything wrong with the US.

The way his reign ended, with the Capitol riot in the closing weeks, only seemed to compound that perception. The narrative was that Biden would be a safe and dependable pair of hands, who would restore respect for the United States globally; with a multilateral focused foreign policy, he would win back allies, unite them against the common enemy of China, and everything would be rosy again.

Seemingly overlooking the more complex and mixed legacy of Obama, the US media and commentariat seemed to believe that little could go wrong, and for the first few months they might have assumed they were right. Biden's approach did indeed focus on attempting to build a rekindled unity that “America First!” had trounced.

The president had a spree of well-timed events at his fingertips to set out his own story and footprint, and did so readily through the Quad summit, coordinated sanctions on Chinese officials over Xinjiang, the G7 meeting, and his brand of “coalition politics” on every single issue. It was so easy to believe that he had finally found a winning formula which would ultimately isolate Beijing, right?

However, as the saying goes, “a week is a long time in politics” – reminding us that in the political world, nothing ever runs smoothly or how we........

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