By JOHN KANELIS / firstname.lastname@example.org
Who would have thought that two nations competing with the United States of America are getting their dander up over the words coming from the new U.S. president?
Too bad … for them.
President Biden has acknowledged that Russian despot Vladimir Putin is a killer, prompting the Russians to call their U.S. ambassador back to the Kremlin. Biden also is working with our allies to get China to change the way it treats dissidents in its country, prompting the People’s Republic to stiffen its back as well.
I want there to be peaceful relations with both countries. I also want the United States to act like the powerhouse nation it is, not roll over and concede matters to Russia and China, which happened all too often during the Trump administration.
Biden has pledged to make Russia pay for interfering in our elections and for its assorted other misdeeds, such as reportedly paying bounties for Americans killed on the Afghanistan battlefield. Donald Trump never even brought that subject up with Putin, as Trump himself has admitted. That must change and by all accounts, it has done so.
As for China, I also want President Biden to talk openly about human rights abuses, which the PRC is infamous for committing against its citizens. If the leaders in Beijing don’t like it, well … that’s just too damn bad.
The United States has sufficient alliances around the world with nations that are able to back us up and are capable enough to withstand challenges from Russia and China.
I welcome the tougher talk coming from President Biden. After all, we are big dog on the block.