By Duncan Smith
You could fit all of the times Joe Biden was right about foreign policy in a thimble.
But that doesn’t matter. Where he lacks in foreign policy expertise, he makes up as a U.S. corporate globalist.
You may not know much about Myanmar — formerly Burma — or care much about that country, but suddenly ‘democracy’ is so important there Biden thinks we’ve just got to make sure it survives.
And so, after a reported military coup (Myanmar was ruled by the military for about 50 years and still retains a lot of constitutional power within the country) this weekend, the Biden regime is saber-rattling.
President Joe Biden threatened potential sanctions against Burma's military on Monday in response to its overthrow of the nation's democratically elected government, vowing that the U.S. would take 'appropriate action.'
'The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy,' said Biden in a statement Monday. 'The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action.'
The military detained Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top officials from her administration during raids conducted early on Monday morning. Via a military-controlled television station, military officials declared a state of emergency, which they said would last one year, at the end of which the military promised to hold free and fair elections. During that year, ultimate authority would be transferred to Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing.
Later on Monday, Biden doubled down:
The military's seizure of power in Burma, the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian officials, and the declaration of a national state of emergency are a direct assault on the country's transition to democracy and the rule of law. In a democracy, force should never seek to overrule the will of the people or attempt to erase the outcome of a credible election. For almost a decade, the people of Burma have been steadily working to establish elections, civilian governance, and the peaceful transfer of power. That progress should be respected.
The international community should come together in one voice to press the Burmese military to immediately relinquish the power they have seized, release the activists and officials they have detained, lift all telecommunications restrictions, and refrain from violence against civilians. The United States is taking note of those who stand with the people of Burma in this difficult hour. We will work with our partners throughout the region and the world to support the restoration of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to hold accountable those responsible for overturning Burma's democratic transition.
The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy. The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action.
The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack.
Right. Unless the attack on ‘democracy’ is occurring at home.
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