Not since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower has the United States elected a chief executive with formidable experience in international security policy. President Biden has decades of foreign policy experience in the White House and the Senate, which is extremely unusual in American presidential politics. Therefore, he should be held to a high standard; thus far, his performance has been flawed.
The FBI has been conducting domestic surveillance operations since its inception in the 1920s, marking nearly a hundred years of violating the First Amendment of the Constitution. Very few of these operations involved the investigation and gathering of evidence of a serious crime, the only justification for FBI surveillance. J. Edgar Hoover, appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation in1924, amassed illegal powers of surveillance that enabled him to conduct extra-legal tracking of activists, collect compromising information, and even to threaten and intimidate sitting presidents.
The news and editorial pages have forgotten the failed wars of the recent past, and are already pursuing new confrontations for the United States. In the past week, the New York Times argued that President Joe Biden’s handling of Ukraine is actually a “wider test of U.S. credibility abroad.”
The two-day intersession on international relations will be used to assess President Joe Biden’s first year in office as well as to cover those issues that are often pushed off the front pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times, such as the tension brewing in the Balkans, the immigration battle between the European Union and Belarus, and Sino-American competition in Africa. We will also try to get up-to-date on the Sino-Russian-U.S. triangle, the importance of arms control and disarmament, and the efforts of the Intelligence Community to recover from four years of the Trump administration.