The Cynicism of Biden’s “Defense” of Democracy

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“[T]he problem here isn’t that Biden is too fired up with democratic zeal, but that he is trying to sell people on militaristic policies with a pro-democracy sales pitch. To make things worse, Biden and his officials seem to believe their own propaganda about the stakes of these conflicts, and this makes them unwilling to contemplate compromises that might bring these wars to an end. As his dealings with Modi confirm, Biden isn’t worried about whether the ‘allies and partners’ respect democratic norms. The efforts to suck up to Mohammed bin Salman show that he doesn’t care if they bother to elect their leaders or how they treat their own people. What matters is whether they are aligned with the ‘essential nation.'” (02/05/24)