Ex-Obama official says Biden has ‘reckless riffs’


Ex-Obama official says Biden’s ‘reckless riffs’ and foreign policy gaffes ‘have undermined’ the U.S. position in the world and admits he used to ‘cringe’ when Joe took the podium as VP

  • Brett Bruen said Biden bears the ‘lion share of the blame’ for all too often sending the White House into crisis mode when he opens his mouth on foreign policy
  • Bruen wrote: ‘I used to cringe when Vice President Joe Biden took to the podium’
  • ‘The reckless riffs have continued during his presidency, especially when discussing diplomacy,’ he wrote
  • Bruen chastised Biden for admitting the ‘inevitability’ that Kabul would fall to the Taliban after the U.S. military’s withdrawal
  • He went after Biden’s confusing comments on Taiwan and saying Putin ‘cannot remain in power’ 

Former Obama official Brett Bruen wrote in an op-ed this week that President Biden’s ‘reckless riffs’ and foreign policy gaffes are veering into dangerous territory. 

The former Director of Global Engagement said that the president bears the ‘lion share of the blame’ for all too often sending the White House into crisis mode when he opens his mouth on foreign policy, but also blamed his National Security staff for being woefully unprepared for the gaffes. 

In an op-ed for USA Today entitled, ‘Biden’s careless comments are hurting his presidency and diplomacy. He needs a reset,’ Bruen wrote: ‘I used to cringe when Vice President Joe Biden took to the podium. Despite all the preparation that went into an event and his remarks, as a staffer on the National Security Council, you never quite knew what he might say.’

‘At times, his offhanded comments could spice up what otherwise would be a pretty boring policy address. Yet, there were other times, too many times, when it could veer into dangerous terrain,’ he added.

‘The reckless riffs have continued during his presidency, especially when discussing diplomacy,’ he wrote.

‘How does such careless careening into crisis territory keep happening?’ he asked. ‘Biden bears the lion share of blame for his ill-considered improvisation.’ 

Bruen said the Biden National Security team should better prepare the president for ‘obvious questions’ because ‘They are all too aware that he has this troublesome tendency to go off script.’

Bruen chastised Biden for admitting the ‘inevitability’ that Kabul would fall to the Taliban after the U.S. military’s withdrawal.

Former Obama official Brett Bruen wrote in an op-ed this week that President Biden's 'reckless riffs' and foreign policy gaffes are veering into dangerous territory

Former Obama official Brett Bruen wrote in an op-ed this week that President Biden’s ‘reckless riffs’ and foreign policy gaffes are veering into dangerous territory

In an op-ed for USA Today entitled, 'Biden's careless comments are hurting his presidency and diplomacy. He needs a reset,' Bruen wrote: 'I used to cringe when Vice President Joe Biden took to the podium'

In an op-ed for USA Today entitled, ‘Biden’s careless comments are hurting his presidency and diplomacy. He needs a reset,’ Bruen wrote: ‘I used to cringe when Vice President Joe Biden took to the podium’

On July 8, 2021 Biden told reporters at the White House that the Afghan army was better equipped and more numerous than the Taliban. A Kabul takeover was ‘not inevitable’ and he scoffed at the idea that it would prove to be his fall of Saigon moment. 

But by Aug. 19, his tone had changed: ‘The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.’

Bruen also went after Biden for seeming to ‘give Russian President Vladimir Putin a tacit green light to take at least some Ukrainian territory’ by proclaiming in March that Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘cannot remain in power.’ 

The White House did a frantic clean-up, and months later Biden wrote in a New York Times op-ed he would not try to remove Putin from power. ‘As much as I disagree with Mr. Putin, and find his actions an outrage, the United States will not try to bring about his ouster in Moscow.’ 

 Bruen noted that aides were also forced to walk back Biden’s remarks after he stated ‘his clear commitment of American forces to the defense of Taiwan, a major departure from our long-standing policy.’

During a trip to Asia last month, Biden aides squirmed in their seats, according to people present, as he was asked whether he would defend the autonomous island of Taiwan if it was invaded by China.

‘Yes,’ Biden replied. ‘That’s the commitment we made.’

In so doing, he went beyond official American foreign policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ which helps arm Taiwan and its government but is vague on how far Washington would actually go in protecting its freedom. 

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