Biden promises to end ‘forever wars’ as president

Thursday, July 11, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans a sweeping foreign policy address in which he will promise to end “forever wars” and reassert American leadership in combating the authoritarianism and global instability he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump.

Biden plans to outline his foreign policy vision on Thursday with a speech in New York and accompanying written proposals, including plans for a summit, early in his would-be presidency, that would bring together political and business leaders from around the world.

“The world does not organize itself,” an outline from the campaign states. “American leadership ... is necessary to effectively address the defining global challenges of our time. In order to lead again, we must restore our credibility and influence. From day one of a Biden administration, other countries will once again have reason to trust and respect the word of an American president.”

According to the preview, Biden will promise to “end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East” and end U.S. involvement in the Yemen civil war — nods to calls from the progressive international affairs community that has criticized the former vice president as a willing cog in the more hawkish, bipartisan establishment that has directed U.S. foreign policy for decades.

Perhaps underscoring the political tightrope he has to walk, Biden also will pledge that he won’t “hesitate to protect the American people, including when necessary, by using force.” The campaign’s policy outline goes on to praise “the strongest military in the world” and assure that “it stays that way” under a Biden presidency.

Biden’s initial priorities, the campaign says, would be to restore the United States’ commitments to allies around the world while taking steps to “restore and reinvigorate our own democracy” at home.