Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Record Just Gets Worse.

Yet another reason to question his leadership and character.

Lauren Elizabeth
Jan 19, 2020 · 5 min read
Photo via Joe Biden on Instagram

While a few other candidates have had their surges here and there over the months, now a couple weeks out from Iowa it is once again looking as though the fight for the nomination will in fact be between former Vice President Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Understanding this, Bernie Sanders and his team have amplified their efforts to point out the flaws in Joe Biden’s decades long political record. With Republicans planning on cutting social security and already slashing disability insurance coverage, Bernie’s team made the politically savvy decision to point out videos of Joe Biden in the past saying that he would do the same.

Of course, Social Security is not the only area where Joe Biden’s record has been questionable, and Bernie has pointed this out as well.

While we are all now fully aware of the Vice President’s infamous Iraq War vote and his defense of it later, unfortunately Mr. Biden’s foreign policy record just continues to get worse the more we learn.

I recently came across a clip on Twitter of a filmed sit down discussion between Joe Biden and staff of the Des Moines Register.

“I’m the guy that put together Plan Colombia.”

So what exactly is this Plan Colombia then, and how did it “straighten that government out”?

Plan Colombia was an extension of United States drug war policy, and as one might have guessed had devastating lasting effects on the people and communities of Colombia that are still felt to this day.

A piece in the American Prospect from 2007 by Jens Gould says:

Joe Biden, twenty years after this operation took place, is touting a plan he “put together” that used $4.7 billion dollars worth of tax payers money to spray farmers and villages with poisonous chemicals that are not only banned here in the United States, but has had detrimental, criminal effects on the community health and food supply in the region.

Gould goes on to write that:

Not only did this “Plan Colombia” operation fail to discourage the growth of coca in Colombia or prevent cocaine from entering the United States, the lives of people, plants, and animals throughout the region are being impacted in horrific ways.

Imagine being a farmer responsible for the food supply of neighboring communities, knowing that there are children who will go hungry because these chemicals are destroying the less resistant vegetation. Imagine having your livelihood dependent on your Tilapia farm, having those fish die off by the thousands thanks to these chemicals, and once again knowing that not only will you lose that income, but people will go without food as a result.

Now imagine being a politician responsible for this, completely unable to see the kind of impact this could have across the board. Hunger, sickness, unrest, and environmental destruction — needless to say — are a recipe for disaster.

Which leads us to the next piece of Joe Biden’s statement.

What exactly does the Vice President mean?

Noam Chomsky wrote about Plan Colombia, and discusses the link between United States Military aide to Latin American governments and abysmal human rights records.

In 2000, he wrote:

Is this Joe Biden’s idea of “straightening a government out”?

If anything epitomizes the devastation and the disaster that was and continues to be the United States’ war on drugs, it is Plan Colombia. It is difficult to believe that a top contender for the democratic nomination for the Presidency in the year 2020 is bragging about his role in getting this plan together. The security of not just the United States, but the world at large are dependent upon electing someone with the empathy and foresight that our foreign policy must require in order to ensure a safe and secure world. Whether it’s in the Middle East or Latin America, time and time again Joe Biden has clearly displayed that he does not possess those qualities that we need in a leader.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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