If you live in the US, Trump is clearly the more bad choice. Though Biden is no socialist, there is some (little?) hope, under him, for the sick, the poor, women and ethnic minorities and less (little?) joy for the rich and the corporations.
But, if you live in the Arab world or Europe, Biden is bad news, real bad news.
Trump is by inclination an isolationist. He wants to get US forces out of the Middle East and Central Asia, reduce US casualties and slash spending there. He’s is regularly condemned by senior officers, past and present, for pulling troops out of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. That he has left some is to appease them and to suppress media criticism.
His sabre-rattling against Iran is just that, on behalf of his business allies in Saudi and in the US corporations. Authorising the assassination of the top Iranian military leader does not mean he wants a full-scale invasion, quite the opposite. If they step up, he’ll back off. It’s just a business strategy.
Biden, in sharp contrast, is an interventionist foreign policy ‘hawk‘, like Clinton. Like her, he was a cheer-leader for the Iraq campaigns. Women and children in the Arab World had reason to fear her enthusiasm for carpet bombing their towns and sending under-educated boys to barge into their homes, smashing them up and killing or humiliating their husbands and sons. In Europe, we had reason to fear the consequences of those humiliations as the sons fled to our towns.
In 2016, the most clicked-on blog post I wrote that year was this:
It’s still mostly true, for Biden.
Additional reading on Joe:
17 Feb 2020 – The Iraq war has been a prominent, even decisive issue, in recent US presidential elections. That will make Biden’s history a liability.
5 Mar 2020 – Group confronts former vice president for past support ‘enabling a war that killed thousands of our brothers and sisters’
Joe Biden’s Vote for War – The New York Timeswww.nytimes.com › U.S. › Politics12 Jan 2020 – In October 2002, he was one of 77 senators who gave President George W. Bush the authority to use force in Iraq. He is still trying to explain …
7 Jan 2020 – At a 1998 Senate hearing, Biden argued that “taking this son of a — taking Saddam down” was the only way to guarantee Iraq’s disarmament.
22 Jul 2020 – Americans Stopped Trusting Long Before Trump. Joe Biden is part of an insular Washington culture that produced the Iraq War—and the …
6 Jan 2020 – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden dishonestly suggested on Saturday that he had opposed the war in Iraq “from the very moment” it …
17 Jan 2020 – As the US War in Iraq continued to unravel in the spring of 2004, then-Sen. Joe Biden delivered a commencement speech at the University of …