by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
August 2021 will probably be remembered as the month when Joe Biden’s presidency was holed below the waterline. September is the month when it started to sink.
Biden is beset by several disasters at once. All the blame is his, for they flow from his dumb, stubborn, and ideological moves immediately after he was sworn in. First, his border crisis has graduated into a catastrophe.
Migrants are flooding across the trickle of the Rio Grande at sometimes hundreds an hour, and 10,000 or more of them now wait in a filthy shantytown under the international bridge in Del Rio, Texas. The city’s authorities are overwhelmed. There is no news yet of a cynically opportunistic visit from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to pose for a grief-stricken photo like the one she set up when the president was a Republican. Back then, many of these migrants were living in better conditions throughout South America. But after Biden told them during his presidential campaign that “you should come,” they accepted his boneheaded and reckless invitation.
The humanitarian situation is so bad and border officials are so overwhelmed that Biden is deporting some migrants back to an earthquake-stricken Haiti, where many of them haven’t lived for 10 years or more. They’d have preferred to remain in Mexico, which, coincidentally, was former President Donald Trump’s policy, while their cases were adjudicated.
Meanwhile, the disaster Biden created in Afghanistan continues to unravel apace. The deadly, disorderly, and dishonorable rout he made inevitable there will be a source of lasting shame for the United States and will inspire future terrorist attacks. More immediately, it has European allies, both in Britain and on the continent, openly doubting American resolve and reliability.
To compound matters, Afghans whom Biden brought back to the U.S. were, in many cases, random people taken off the street and entirely unrelated to the American war effort.