As his first meeting with Vladimir Putin drew near, President Biden was pressured by both sides of the political aisle to be tough on the Russian president. His success in doing so is up for debate, though one would think his hesitancy to answer a question about whether or not Putin is a “killer” does not necessarily display “toughness,” particularly from the President of the United States.
Biden’s lack of initiative in taking a hard stance against Russia isn’t what stood out about his recent trip to Europe, however. Instead, it was the noticeable difference in how the president is pressured in regards to being tough on Russia versus China.
For years, the mainstream media constantly reminded Americans about Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. Their hope was not only to spread awareness about the actions of an American adversary, but also to cast doubt on the legitimacy of then-President Trump’s administration. With this in mind, it’s not surprising to see why the media, amongst others, would pressure President Biden to be tough on Russia.
But what about China?
One of the many arguments used by the Left and its media allies when it came to the constant barrage of Russia stories over the past several years was that it was a matter of national security. While in part that was certainly true, one would argue that a bigger threat to national security would be a foreign adversary letting a novel virus spread into a global pandemic. Not only did this pandemic shatter what was a thriving U.S economy with record low unemployment levels, it also left more than six hundred thousand Americans dead.
So why not pressure Biden to be tough on China to hold them responsible?
The political answer is that the Left and the media wanted to frame Trump as the reason why COVID-19 was ravaging America, not China. After all, when the first cases of the virus popped up in the U.S, it was during the year that Trump was seeking reelection. Recall the phrase “never let a good crisis go to waste.”
The economic answer is more nuanced, but to put it plainly: many American corporations and businesses have both ties to China and influence in Washington. Out of fear that they could lose money, it is entirely plausible that these U.S.-based entities not only refrained from holding China responsible, but also advocated those in Washington to refrain from doing the same.
This is not to suggest that there shouldn’t be any pressure for Biden to be tough on Russia. Rather, that toughness should be applied evenly to all foreign powers who would threaten American interests.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.