Like Donald Trump, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden has talked about ending America’s “forever” wars in the Middle East.
However, based on the slate of foreign policy endorsements Biden has received, there’s good reason to believe that Biden will not follow through with these promises. On August 27, 2020, a number of foreign policy officials from the Bush administration and aides to failed presidential candidate John McCain endorsed Biden’s presidency. Furthermore, retired General Stanley McChrystal endorsed Biden’s presidential bid on October 1.
McChrystal was one of the leading generals during the Obama era who was the commander of American forces in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. The retired general generated controversy in 2010 after he was quoted in a Rolling Stone piece mocking a number of leading civilian officials, which included Biden. McChrystal offered his apologies to Biden but ended up resigning on June 23, 2010.
Even after his resignation, McChrystal did not waver in his support for then-President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy. In a statement that he released on the day of his resignation, in which he said that he continued to “strongly support the president’s [Obama} strategy in Afghanistan.” He resigned out of respect and for the sake of maintaining the integrity of the mission.
McChrystal highlighted his close work with the Obama administration:
I worked most closely with President Obama and Vice President Biden when I commanded in Afghanistan, and I had policy differences at times. … But in every instance, they listened. In every instance, they took in my view.
He added, “In every instance, I felt that they were trying to make the best decision based on all the information they had and based upon a bedrock of values.”
The military-industrial complex is beginning to throw its weight behind the Biden campaign, given how it sees the Trump presidency as a major threat to its regime change consensus. The media establishment has drummed up dubious allegations of Trump calling military members “suckers”, which has further galvanized Deep State interests to take down Trump.
The former general concluded with the following remarks:
We have to believe in our values. You have to believe that your commander and chief, at the end of the day, is someone that you can trust, and I can trust Joe Biden.
Based on these endorsements alone, Trump is the only option for those who want to end America’s quagmires in the Middle East.
A candidate like Biden, who is receiving endorsements left and right from the military establishment, is likely going to continue and expand these conflicts. There is only one peace candidate in this election cycle. And it’s Donald Trump.