Even at the Tokyo Quad meeting, President Biden refused to let go of his obsession with Vladimir Putin and the country he leads. So it was a surprise when the US President unveiled his proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for countries that oppose any particular country’s attempt to dominate the Indo-Pacific, including dictating the rules of engagement between not only itself and other countries in the region, but which would also apply to engagement between those countries. As far as India is concerned, it is no coincidence that the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), although launched a decade earlier, remained in cold storage until it was relaunched by the Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi in 2017. Both are strategically minded and understand the growing danger facing a country whose aggressive stances have been matched by its economic prowess. The Quad revival proposal was immediately backed by President Trump and the Australian Prime Minister. Since then, the Quad has evolved at a respectable pace, as evidenced by the frequency of meetings between the Heads of Government of the four Member States. Clouds caused from within still exist. President Biden must discourage those in the White House who have bought into the Franco-British plan to expand NATO’s reach not just to Europe but to Asia. A reality check would show that NATO is a formidable alliance on paper and in the media, but one that has yet to fight a major war in Europe, barring the ruthless bombing campaign of 1999. against Serbia to separate Kosovo from that country. NATO’s record in the wars it has waged in Asia, in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Afghanistan, has been terrible, which is why Asian countries are wary of this military bureaucracy that tries to control Asia. Of course, while Ukraine may be in the dark, the escalation of war in 2022 has helped Prime Minister Boris Johnson move past the dust clouds over his future that have been caused by a propensity to hosting cheese and wine parties for his staff at 10 Downing Street even during the 2020 lockdowns. Similarly, the successful separation of Kosovo from Serbia allowed President Clinton and his party to escape the stain of Monicagate . Those who follow these visits say that the luxury hotel in Delhi where the Clintons stayed during their visit to India sent a waitress to the hotel on leave for the duration of the visit. The reason for this was that a hyper-cautious US Embassy staff member feared the waitress’s badge would never be within sight of the First Lady, who apparently (and not entirely unreasonably) was declared by the allergic staff member to the very name Monica, at least at that time (2000). Even Houdini reportedly struggled to survive politically after the US president’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky was made public in embarrassing detail during impeachment hearings on the subject. Clinton’s public show of repentance, though accompanied by the testimony of several other ladies who claimed to have more than a passing friendship with him, ensured that public opinion remained on his side almost from the start of the Clinton relationship. -Lewinsky. In the process, the unfortunate young woman was all but ignored, though she suffered visible trauma due perhaps not to her (albeit temporary) connection to Clinton, but to the salacious manner in which she was presented by politicians eager to see the end of the Clinton presidency.
The leadership of the Republican Party understood from the start of Monicagate that Professor Al Gore was a much easier candidate for their camp to defeat than Bill Clinton had been, especially when the opponent had a majority in the Supreme Court of United States on its side, like Gore. challenger George W. Bush did in the elections that took place shortly after President Clinton’s visit to India. Unfortunately for President Biden, rather than allowing him to escape the ignominy of having been the American president who in 2021 lost Afghanistan to the Taliban, the intensification of the American-British-European effort to crush Russia and thus ensure Putin’s downfall began to backfire on Biden. Besides the now obvious fact that Ukraine lost much more of its territory during the war launched by Russia on February 24, 2022, the NATO sanctions regime that would have originated in the White House and the Executive Office Building has devastated the economies and living standards of the people in its member states almost as much as it has affected the Russian economy and people. It is no surprise that President Putin has clawed back much of the popularity he had previously lost due to deteriorating economic conditions in Russia during a period of falling commodity prices. The war in Ukraine has reversed this trend, allowing Russia to continue to hit Ukraine until kyiv gives in, most likely by winter, when public opinion in the Member States is likely to turn against the governments that currently stand with Biden and Johnson in their mission to crush Russia and remove Putin from the Kremlin. The Chinese-Wahhabi lobby must be delighted with the way Biden is seeking to prevent Japan and India from buying Russian oil and gas, thereby seeking to force them to buy much more expensive substitutes. Such a position of the White House only helps China, because the country buys as many Russian natural resources as it needs and more. These purchases were essential to keeping Russia financially afloat during the war. If Biden’s advice to give up Russian oil, gas and other resources is heeded, it will handicap India and Japan vis-à-vis China, which is exactly what the Chinese lobby wants. Wahhabi and the Sino-Russian lobby in the United States. The IPEF initiative unveiled by the US president shows that the adults within the Biden administration understand where the real existential conflict facing the United States and its friends is taking place, and which country is the real threat of the 21st century to primacy of the United States, in the way that the USSR (but never the Russian Federation) was for much of the 20th. Prime Minister Modi made the right decision by rejecting the advice of those who urged caution in welcoming this initiative from Biden, as IPEF has the potential to emerge not just as an engine of growth, but as a significant factor in moving critical supply chains away from China in the coming period.