Biden could use ‘war emergency’ to shift focus from administration’s failures: commentator

Could President Joe Biden use a “war emergency” to shift Americans’ focus away from his administration’s shortcomings?

It’s something for Americans to keep in mind over the next few weeks and months, commentator James Mullin wrote Saturday in the American Thinker.

It’s no secret that roughly one year into his presidency, Biden’s administration has been plagued by controversies surrounding the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, COVID-19 vaccine mandates, surging coronavirus cases, and rising inflation.

“What do tyrants do when their ship is sinking or, more accurately, when they realize that their house of cards will not hold up?” Mullin asked. “They divert their populace by starting a war — or at least allowing one to happen.”

And it’s even more than that, he added.

“War isn’t simply a way of diverting attention, either. The very fact of a war emergency makes it far easier to erode or negate whatever civil liberties still exist. Think: PATRIOT Act,” the commentator wrote.

Mullin noted two parts of the world — and two major foreign superpowers — that are ripe for a conflict.

“Currently, war beckons in two places: the Russian-European border and the South China Sea and Taiwan. I’m not saying that either Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping is an aggrieved party. Both could conceivably become the Hitlers of the 21st century,” he wrote.

That being said, Mullin pointed out that a common foreign enemy could command Americans’ focus — thus benefiting the struggling Biden-Harris administration.

“But ask yourself if the floundering, self-immolating Biden-Harris administration might not rejoice at the gargantuan pass it would get if Americans — including especially conservative Americans — must focus on a foreign enemy,” he said. “Gone would be the rightful concerns about vaccine madness, dementia, runaway inflation, Big Tech/mass media fascism, corrupt education unions, failing Democrat cities, ginned up racial hatred, attacks on the Second Amendment, the federalization of elections, a corrupt FBI and DOJ, election fraud, the Russia Hoax, parental rights and school boards, an open southern border, and on and on.”

“Biden (and Harris, if there’s room) will wrap themselves snugly in the flag, and all will be forgiven. For a time. But the theft of civil liberties will make a ‘comeback’ highly unlikely for freedom. The Uniparty will own everything,” the article continued.

Mullin then reminded readers of the last Democratic president who tried to centralize power.

“Remember Obama/Holder’s plan to centralize/federalize all local police forces? War panic paves the way for that. What about the new push to federalize all elections and rip away states’ authority? Again, a good war panic, just like the COVID panic, will make it happen,” he said. “And you can’t beat war for nationalizing industries. What better way to transform America than a national emergency even better than COVID?”

The writer warned Americans to be watchful and wary.

“So watch what this administration does in the next weeks and months — and doesn’t do — to ward off the prospect of war. Watch too the outcome of such war (hint: with what we saw in Afghanistan, we may not win),” he wrote.

“Spoiler alert: Nothing catalyzes governmental, economic, and social change in a country quite like military defeat. So an urgent message to those still with a shred of patriotism in our leadership: You do not want to go to war under the banner — or at the direction — of this repugnant administration.”

According to another commentator, Congress needs to act quickly to rein in Biden.

“It’s time for Republicans in Congress to demand — loudly — reform to the War Powers Act and to take the unilateral power to make war away from Joe Biden,” Scott McKay wrote in The American Spectator. “He can’t be allowed to deploy troops without a congressional declaration of war.

“Not in his current cognitive state, and not in the current condition of his administration. And not given the sad history of fruitless, ill-advised wars for political purposes bad American leaders have become accustomed to launching.”