Joe Biden faces a dilemma: his compatriots don’t want to pay for distant wars, but the US president must intervene in conflicts – without jeopardizing his re-election.
Joe Biden struggles with two obstacles when he wants to explain the world to his compatriots: First, the majority of Americans have no interest in this world, they don’t want to fight wars, they don’t want to pay for them. Isolation is a major factor in the election year that is about to begin. Biden wants to win this election — but as a global politician, he’s more likely to lose.
Second, Biden finds Israel in a dilemma. Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement policy and Israel’s internal government have further divided the Israeli and US governments than ever before in history. Now Biden must support the prime minister and moderate him at the same time. He must be unconditionally tough on Hamas, but he knows that only a radical change in Israel’s settlement policy will contribute to escalation.
Reduced to one sentence: Biden must pursue a Middle East policy against Israel, but also against Islamic terrorism, after his two predecessors criminally neglected and hardened this policy — and he is doing so against internal opposition from his constituents. Congress has now become stronger due to power struggle in the country. The president’s priority is clear: Ultimately, it’s about re-election and stopping Donald Trump. But American voters are not waiting for Biden, the savior of the world.
Stephen Cornelius From 2021 he heads the political department of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and in this role also writes for Tamedia topics.More info