According to New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, President Joe Biden is “failing” and it would be best for the Democratic Party if he’d announce he won’t seek re-election in 2024.
“The best thing Biden could do for the country is announce he won’t run for re-election — now, not after the midterms,” Stephens says. “Let his party sort out its own future. Appoint a confidence-inspiring Treasury secretary (if not Larry Summers, then Jamie Dimon). Ensure that Ukraine wins swiftly. Put fear and hesitation in the minds of dictators in Moscow, Tehran and Beijing.”
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“This is bad in normal times. It is catastrophic in bad ones,” Stephens added, before attacking Biden’s credibility on the world stage. He claimed Biden’s lack of leadership has put holes in U.S. “international credibility.” He mentioned how the withdrawal from Afghanistan “telegraphed incompetence and weakness” and dinged Biden’s handling of the Ukraine conflict.
The author also expressed high doubt in Biden being able to deal with “an imminent nuclear crisis with Iran, in which the president seems to have no policy other than negotiations that are on the cusp of failure.” There is also the “looming crisis over Taiwan” on which Stephens saw Biden being shaky.
Summing up Biden’s weakness, Stephens wrote, “Talented leaders turn proverbial lemons into lemonade. Biden seems to be mastering the trick of turning lemonade into lemons.”