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Hersh: The President Is Simply No Longer There

The reality behind Biden’s failed foreign policy, Seymour Hersh reports in a column posted on his Substack last night, is “that the president is simply no longer there, in terms of understanding the contradictions of the policies he and his foreign policy advisers have been carrying out. America should not have a president who does not know what he has signed off on. People in power have to be responsible for what they do, and last night (the debate -ed.) showed America and the world that we have a president who clearly is not in that position today.”

Hersh frames the whole discussion in terms of two dangerous wars which are only escalating: “He and his foreign policy aides have been urging a ceasefire that will not happen in Gaza while continuing to supply the weapons that make a ceasefire less likely. There’s a similar paradox in Ukraine, where Biden has been financing a war that cannot be won and refusing to participate in negotiations that could end the slaughter.” Hersh names Tom Donilon, National Security Advisor for Barack Obama from 2010 to 2013, as an architect of Biden’s “isolation on foreign policy issues.” Donilon, Hersh says he was told, “remains very much an insider.”

“Whatever happens, we have a President—now fully unveiled—who just may not be responsible for what he does in the coming campaign, not to mention his actions in the Middle East and Ukraine,” Hersh concludes. “Whatever happened to the 25th Amendment that authorizes the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet to declare the President incompetent? What is going on in the Biden White House?”