An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.
Era of Obama
I remember once I wrote an article on the concept of the 'Twin Angel.' What is the Twin Angel? it is your own face as you see in the mirror. Thus you need a mirror to see how you look but a mirror can sometimes not give the correct picture and it requires someone sitting miles away from to get a panoramic view of the country or concerned person.
Barack Obama won in 2008 and inextricably changed the course and direction of American history; for good or worse is a matter of opinion. But to outsiders, the slide of America as a global power commenced with him. There was a brief interlude when Donald Trump became president but it lasted only 4 years and now the successor to Obama's policies Joe Biden has come back with a vengeance on a fractured vote. A win for Obama was perhaps a foregone conclusion given the demographic nature of the voters in America in 2012. This will be accentuated in the years to come. President Obama must have had a thought about this demographic composition at the back of his mind. What actually happened?
A record number of Latino and Asian voters joined up with the black minority to vote for Obama en masse. In the bargain, they propelled the first non-white man to the Presidency in 2008 and also helped him get re-elected. Given that the majority of the whites were averse to Obama, the overwhelming support of the Blacks, Latino, and Asian groups propelled Obama as President of the USA, aided by a committed white minority who were basically Democratic party supporters
I read somewhere that the non-white voters numbered 28%. In case Obama won 90% of these votes, he had only to win another 35-40% of the white vote to win the election. This is what happened and a large number of whites in the USA were aghast.
The track record of Obama, before he became US President was nothing much to rave about. He was a communist, a Moslem, a man who opposed the war on terror. He changed colors when he sighted the presidency. But his overall game plan as US President signaled a subtle shift in US diplomacy with a pro-Islamic shift and also resulted in the sidelining of Israel. It’s another thing that Obama’s overtures did not meet with success as al Qaeda and Muslim hardliners are convinced that the USA is the Great Satan.
In this connection I am reminded of what that great Indian philosopher Chanakya wrote in his Arthashastra, He stated the people get the government they deserve. Thus Obama is what the Americans have themselves voted in and in the years to come many more Obama’s may come to power. This has been proven true, with the win of Joe Biden.
Biden and the USA
Before Biden could come back, there was a brief interlude of four years with Donald Trump as president. I will say he was not a unifier but to an extent a divider. His power rested on the extreme right-wing vote and despite a record number of people voting for him, he still lost the election, because of the peculiar permutations and combinations of the American electorate, which I have already mentioned in my previous paragraph.
Donald Trump must take credit for a few things. One of these was his appreciation of the reality of power politics. He realized the danger of China and tried his best to reverse the mollycoddling approach of the previous US president including Obama in giving carte blanche to China in the South China Sea, trade, and investment. He realized the infructuous expenditure on an obsolete alliance like NATO and also decided to disengage from places where the US was not wanted like Syria and Iraq. He had a global vision and strengthened ties with India and was responsible for the Quad alliance between India, Australia, Japan, and the USA to ring China. He was the first president who realized the danger of Islamic extremism and accordingly took action. He was also the only president who recognized Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism and also stopped Muslims from some countries who sponsored terrorism to enter America.
He had some vision when he negotiated the Abraham accord and got peace between the Arabs and Israel after seven decades. Though he was a bit divisive at home as he panders to his own vote bank, another term for him would have definitely arrested the American decline and global role.
The great Indian astrologer Saint Bhrigue has stated that a cosmic superpower shapes the events of the world. In this respect, perhaps the American decline as a global power was very much on the cards and this resulted in the defeat of Donald Trump. It was a fiercely contested election that many believe was rigged. An impartial inquiry via a commission should have been the norm but obviously, the Americans cannot accept that elections in America are rigged and the entire idea has been thrown into the Pacific Ocean.
The entry of Joe Biden is now the extension of the rule of Obama. What does it signify? Once again he will make overtures to China. He is itching to go back to the nuclear deal with Iran which Obama had negotiated and which really serves no purpose because Iran, deal or no deal is going to have the atomic bomb. He will strengthen NATO and pump in billions of dollars of the American taxpayer. He is aware of the trade deficit with China which is $600 billion and obviously, he wants accommodation with China.
He's going back to the WHO which has now stated that the inquiry with they have launched into the COVID-19 in China has received no cooperation and many vital documents have not been handed over to the investigators. So in effect America will pay millions of dollars to WHO to further the Chinese agenda.
His vice president Kamala Harris has been talking of more friendly times with Pakistan and criticizing India for its human rights record. Unlike Trump who recognized the problem of Tibet and appointed a representative to the Tibetan government in exile, as well as set aside a sum of $1 billion to help the Tibetan cause, Biden has spoken nothing. He is also silent about the atrocities against Muslims in Sinkiang and Buddhists in Tibet.
Many Afro -Americans are jumping with joy at the victory of Biden. I have only one point to make on this; many Democratic presidents have come earlier but I have not seen any change from 1915 to the present time in bridging the gap with white extremists. I cannot offer a solution to this race problem. The only thing which I see now is that there is more rioting than what it was a hundred years back. The blacks now react violently but this hardens the views of the extremists. The victory of Joe Biden is not going to lead anywhere on this account.
Another more dangerous thought is, what would happen in case something untoward happens and Joe Biden is incapacitated. In that case, Kamala Harris will be president. At the risk of being repetitive, I can say that I will die laughing on a bed of nails.
My apologies if I have offended anybody and I will accept any criticism of what I have written
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 25, 2021:
Thank you Devika. Sweet of you to comment.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 25, 2021:
emge an interesting comparison about two powerful men. The world is in a mess right now and in so many ways.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 24, 2021:
Thank you, Pamela, for a wonderful comment.
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 24, 2021:
I am not offended. Your article is very interesting, MG. I do not like several things Kamala Harris has done, and the idea of her being the president is awful. I am concerned about China also. Thanks for sharing your views.
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 24, 2021:
tom on February 23, 2021:
which exercise with usaf,red flag or cope 2003
MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on February 23, 2021:
Tom, very interesting observations. Lot of the black has not improved despite n number of democratic presidents. So Biden winning has no meaning. I have relations in the USA and also did exercises with USAF. INDIANS AMONG THE RICHEST COMMUNITY. Many whites converting to Sikhism, this cant be explained, also black more prone to violence. My American GF confided to me that she felt 'unsafe ' in a bus stand at night if only blacks were around. `This perception is sad.
tom on February 23, 2021:
america is wasp domniated,white anglo saxon protestant country,16percent blacks still live in ghettos,hispanics poor,italians,jews,irish better,richest indian,vietnamese, chinese, punjabis richest,blacks still poor,no black governor and senator,colin powell and obama exception,hollywood and sports has few blacks,no blacks convert to hinduism ans sikhsm ,only whites,please read the book who owns america