Commentary: Joe Biden’s Sociopathic Indifference to Human Suffering
It's Time We Stop Pretending Joe Biden Is A Nice Guy
With the evidence becoming more clear that Joe Biden had no intention of securing Afghanistan during our withdrawal and securing the safety of both Americans and Afghans who have aided our effort there, we see another example of Joe Biden's callous lack of concern for his fellow man.
In an interview Wednesday with George Stephanopoulos, President Biden was asked about the horrific scenes of desperate Afghans clinging to a C-17 as it took off and falling to their deaths. He said, “That was four days ago, five days ago!” It was two, actually. But, his tone indicated no concern for those poor people’s well-being. His comment was put forth as if the amount of time passed should negate still having a conscience about the horrific event. This is remarkable from a life-long Democrat who claims to care for people. However, this fits with a specific pattern in Joe Biden’s life. He has a history of massive indifference to historic levels of suffering. The Wall Street Journal actually wrote about it in 2015.
It turns out Mr. Biden has a long record of playing down human rights in private diplomatic meetings while mouthing support in public. His message to China’s Mr. Xi—that U.S. human-rights talk is meant to satisfy a “political imperative” from voters at home—is almost identical to what he told Soviet leaders as a Senator visiting Moscow in 1979.
“The delegation did not officially raise the issue of human rights during the negotiations. Biden said they did not want ‘to spoil the atmosphere with problems which are bound to cause distrust in our relations.’” So recorded Vadim Zagladin, deputy head of the Soviet Communist Party Central Committee’s International Department, in an internal memo after meeting U.S. Senators in Moscow in April 1979. The memo, archived after the Cold War at the Gorbachev Foundation, was translated in 2008 by former Soviet political prisoner Vladimir Bukovsky and author Pavel Stroilov.
The memo continued: “During the breaks between the sessions the Senators passed to us several letters concerning these or those ‘refuseniks,’” Jewish activists who were refused the right to emigrate from the Soviet Union. “Unofficially, Biden and [Senator Richard] Lugar said that, in the end of the day, they were not so much concerned with having a problem of this or that citizen solved as with showing to the American public that they do care for ‘human rights.’ They must prove to their voters that they are ‘effective in fulfilling their wishes.’”
Before that, in 1975, then-Senator Biden objected to providing funding to help evacuate South Vietnamese, many of whom were desperate to get out of the country as it fell to the communist North Vietnamese. Biden stated, “The US has no obligation to evacuate one, or 100,001, South Vietnamese.” Stone cold.
Joe Biden‘s latest example of apathy towards the Taliban’s victims in Afghanistan is also not his first. According to the New York Post:
Joe Biden once snarled “F–k that” when asked if the US had an obligation to protect Afghans from the Taliban, according to newly resurfaced reports.
The commander-in-chief allegedly made the callous remark back in 2010 when he was vice president, while speaking to US diplomat Richard Holbrooke.
At the time, Biden reportedly was arguing that the US should leave Afghanistan despite the humanitarian costs, including the potential erosion of women’s rights.
“F–k that. We don’t have to worry about that,” he allegedly told Holbrooke. “We did it in Vietnam. Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
It’s as if he can’t be bothered with responsibility or consequences. Out of sight, out of mind.
Somehow, Joe Biden has skated through his political career with descriptions like “affable,” “gaffe-prone” and nicknames like “Uncle Joe,” and people have just laughed off his seemingly off-the-wall comments over the years. But here, we have laid out a troubling pattern of enormous disinterest on his part to human suffering in the world.
This sort of sociopathy should disturb people of all political stripes. One would think, surely he cares about his fellow Americans, though, right? Tell that to the thousands of Americans he’s left behind enemy lines in Afghanistan right now. The President has once again retreated from responsibility. Reports are that he will spend a long weekend at his home in Delaware to catch up on sleep. His own countrymen out of sight, out of mind.