Wars to continue under Biden
Bobby Naderi
U.S. President Joe Biden attends a drive-in campaign rally at Pullman Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., December 15, 2020. /Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a drive-in campaign rally at Pullman Yard in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., December 15, 2020. /Reuters

Editor's note: Bobby Naderi is a London-based journalist, guest contributor in print, radio and television, and documentary filmmaker. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

According to a new report by the China Society for Human Rights Studies, the United States has waged 201 armed conflicts among the total 248 that occurred in 153 regions of the world since the end of the World War II in 1945 to 2001.

Titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by U.S. Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries," the report states that America's "humanitarian intervention" have led to proxy wars, sectarian violence, mass casualties, damaged facilities, production stagnation, refugee crisis, social unrest, ecological crisis, and psychological traumas.

Although the report urges the U.S. to change course, that is not going to happen. The endless war policy and the humanitarian catastrophe will continue under President Joe Biden's administration and for obvious reasons that include a lucrative global arms trade.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the U.S remains the world's biggest exporter of major arms and 96 countries are importing weapons at record highs. What's more, around 47 percent of U.S. arms exports between 2016-2020 went to the volatile Middle East region – an increase of 28 percent from the previous five years.

It is futile to deny that the U.S. is going many places on the planet with its gunships, pretending to sell security insurance and peace.

Another policy that will not change under Biden's presidency is the U.S. military's presence in the Middle East on the pretext of war on terror (read war on Islam). As falsely rationalized by Pentagon officials and big-league commanders, U.S. backtracking on its promised support for allies or troop withdrawals and an end to forever wars could motivate "adversaries" to extend more diplomatic and possible military support to the region.

This goes against Biden's promise on ending the longtime wars. Among other things, he had envisioned during his election campaign not just a return to the traditional U.S. role in the post-World War II international order, but to use that power and influence to take on post-pandemic problems. He had emphasized the urgency for U.S-led global alliances to combat the climate crisis and forge new trade agreements to create a more even international economy.

A U.S. military vehicle patrols a road near the town of Tal Baydar in the countryside of Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, October 12, 2019. /VCG

A U.S. military vehicle patrols a road near the town of Tal Baydar in the countryside of Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province, October 12, 2019. /VCG

Few months into his presidency, and it's clear that there has been a wholesale corporate and military-industrial complex takeover of the White House. A review of the administration's early months shows that virtually every week there has been a new grant of power to corporate and Pentagon interests in the endless war agenda.

Likewise, Congress has been hard at work serving the interests of international interventionists. Congressional Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing a series of votes to impose new sanctions that will deliberately antagonize the targeted countries. After almost 20 years conducting a disastrously unsuccessful war on terror, they seem increasingly intent on returning to the Cold War world, as well.

Clearly, Biden's pervasive and consequential conflicts of interest has immersed his administration in a permanent miasma of confrontation with the world community: the excuses to stay and entertain the Middle East, the provocative moves of the U.S. Navy to incite confrontation in the South China Sea, and that of NATO buildup along the borders with Russia.

There remain extraordinary dangers ahead. The Biden administration officials are propagating and threatening many proposals and policies cut from the same cloth as the previous administrations. They continue to make military cargo deliveries to Ukraine as tensions in the region are skyrocketing. Amid the chaos, they try to distract domestic public opinion from a looming economic collapse by setting the narrative that it's the fault of enemies.

It is impossible to satiate the bottomless appetite of the Pentagon and the military-industrial complex. Arms manufacturers and military corporate contractors are guaranteed to rake in billions more under the Biden administration which seems to have institutionalized the war policy as a feature of everyday politics in the remarkably bankrupt universe of Washington.

The reasons used to justify this dangerous process are not good enough to get the international community on board. Wars and conflicts continue to remain unpopular and for good reasons.

Telling the truth is not a crime for the China Society for Human Rights Studies, either. The war policy is set to create more zones of chaos, reinforce the narratives of terrorist groups who see themselves as a bulwark against U.S. aggression, unleash greater sectarian warfare, and plunge the planet into further chaos.

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