WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION;
Are the Clinton Policies in the Balkans Resurrecting?
On the heels of President Biden's first European trip to the G7 summit, and the meeting with President Putin, the poignant messaging out of the Administration is that "America is Back" and "Diplomacy is Back". Noticeably, there wasn't any lack of America and diplomacy present on the world stage during the past Trump Administration, however we must question whose interests does the diplomacy serve; the interests of the American people, or the interests of the "international globalist community"?
It is important for us to consider what wider implications this American "return" may have on the burning issues we all continue to face. How will Serbian-Americans and our foreign policy interests be served by the Biden Administration? According to the well know array of faces that served during the previous Clinton/Obama/Biden era, and who were consistently present and made their career legacies on the Balkan affairs, the United States is going back to its traditional, status-quo politics. We have immediately seen an increased pressure on the five EU nation members who have not recognized Kosovo* independence to do so, and an increased pressure on the status of Republic of Srpska guaranteed by the Dayton Peace Accord. All too familiar and stale echo of recognition, normalization, territorial integrity and such, resonates over the region, with no concrete steps or thinking outside the box to make any reasonable progress. The can has been kicked down the road for quite some time now, and somehow the expectation of doing the same thing over and over again will yield a different result is the very definition of insanity.
Even the landscape of familiar characters is likely to be back dealing with their Balkan pet-projects, and they are currently re-pitching themselves as the officials who will employ all available mechanisms to finalize the 1990s established agenda. Madeline Albright, Daniel Server, Molly Montgomery, Matt Palmer, Janusz Bugajski, Samantha Powers, and few others may well spearhead the effort that is vertically faithful to the Clinton doctrine, or the doctrine of the "deep state bureaucrats; full recognition of Kosovo independence with membership in international institutions, and elimination of Republic of Srpska. The preferred method of delivery will likely be aggression rather than finesse.
Truthfully, we also must recognize that the world we operate in today is quite different from 20 years ago, different from 8 years ago, and extremely different from even 6 months ago, given the ripple-effect of the 2020 election, still fresh in our minds and hanging over our collective heads. However, in foreign policy terms, particularly when faced with much larger presumed threats such as Russia, China, or Iran, the Balkan issues are usually an after-though that fly much lower under the radar of the general American public, if at all. Generally, as Serbs are invisible and not present in Washington, the consistent lobbying efforts by the opposition have produced a habitual view of Serbia and Serbian interests as an object of politics, rather than an equal subject and a partner in negotiating process. Taking into consideration that within NATO's inner circles still operate those who not only blame Serbia for all the 1990s events, but continue promulgating the false narrative that the biggest threat is creation of "Greater Serbia", we seem to have our work cut out for us, but nobody is employed and on the job.
Given that both Russia and China view the world in a three dimensional and realistic self-interest, the United States is a hostage to the dogmatic vision of its unimaginative and conformist bureaucracy that is unable to snap out of its own tunnel vision. This is where the US diplomats may get outplayed by their adversaries, unfortunately, all of them using smaller players such as Serbia as their negotiating currency.
If diplomacy is back, as President Biden proclaimed, is his Administration fully and equally committed to it on all fronts? Former Ambassador Richard Grenell did not thinks so, and had this to say:
So, what are our next steps?
1. We MUST organize in perspective in order to represent our common objectives
2. We MUST develop mutual trust and cooperation that reaches far beyond individual interest
3. We MUST join efforts with those that are working hard to promote our common interests
4. We MUST stop complaining, get in the game and believe that we are all on the same team
5. We MUST identify who our friends and allies are and help them in a joint fight
6. We MUST realize that unity, presence, access, and funding are the only way we can accomplish our goals
This is one of the reasons why we launched SAVA PAC, and defined very simple mission and objectives that we are laser focused on. We expect action and involvement from our community, on every level of civic engagement. We can and we must do this!
I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001 (Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans), as amended by Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003 (Termination of Emergencies With Respect to Yugoslavia and Modification of Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001), finding that the situation in the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Albania (the Western Balkans), over the past two decades, including the undermining of post-war agreements and institutions following the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as widespread corruption within various governments and institutions in the Western Balkans, stymies progress toward effective and democratic governance and full integration into transatlantic institutions, and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.
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Many people do not realize this, but I spent the majority of my life as a Democrat. I grew up in a small town in Rhode Island as the sixth of nine siblings. We were proud Democrats who loved America and all it stood for. Back in those days, Democrats were allowed to be pro-life and pro-law enforcement.
My heart goes out to those old-school Democrats who still love America. Many Republicans think that Democrats are all flag-burning lunatics, but I know that’s not true. I grew up with many patriotic Democrats who respected the flag and believed as strongly as any Republican in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” My heart aches when I see how wide a gulf is fixed between the two halves of our nation.
Republicans need to stop pretending that Democrats are the enemy. Democrats need to stop pretending that Republicans are the enemy. Let us look to the words of Scripture for guidance, where we see that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
If you believe that fellow Americans are the foe to be worried about, you’ve missed the point. Our enemy is Satan, the ruler of darkness. Our enemy is spiritual wickedness in high places, which flourishes when the light of public accountability is dim.
For Americans to effectively fight our true enemy, we must stand together. Petty squabbles over personality and pride have to be put away. Make no mistake, I would not call for anyone to surrender their dearly-held values in the name of unity. Rather, we must find the values that we hold in common and rally around them.
I find that the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance are a great place to start. The American flag is not a political symbol; it is an ideological symbol. When you fly the flag, you signify your affiliation to the ideology of liberty on which our nation was founded. You believe in inalienable rights for all Americans. You believe that government should derive its power from the voice of the people. In short, you believe in the idea of America.
At the end of the day, that is what our fight is about. It’s not about homogeneity of race, class, or custom. It’s not about everyone thinking exactly the same on every issue. Rather, it’s about respecting the right of every citizen to think, act, and speak according to the dictates of their conscience. This is about America.
Whether you are as much a Democrat as my family in my youth or as much a Republican as many of my friends today, I hope you will accept this challenge to “Raise the flag, say the Pledge.” The flag and the Pledge are our surest means of solidarity. Together we hold the power to secure the legacy of freedom our nation has long enjoyed.
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