The Senate confirmed Antony Blinken to be President Biden’s secretary of state on Tuesday in a vote of 78 to 22, with every Democratic senator voting in favor of Blinken.
Blinken is a long-time advisor of President Biden and has a long history of pushing for US intervention in places like Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Throughout the years, the two have disagreed on issues, with Blinken usually being the more hawkish voice.
In 2011, Biden and Blinken disagreed over whether or not the US should intervene militarily in Libya. Blinken supported the intervention and defended his choice during last week’s Senate confirmation hearings.
At the hearing, Blinken said he “supported the effort” in Libya. “I was the president-elect’s national security advisor at the time and he did not agree with that course of action,” he said.
When it comes to Syria, Blinken has lamented that the US has not done enough in the country. According to a 2013 report from The Washington Post, Blinken pushed for US military intervention in Syria after President Obama’s reelection in 2012 and “was less enthusiastic than Biden” about Obama seeking Congressional approval for a military strike on Syria.
The list of places Blinken has pushed for the US to intervene in goes on. But one conflict he and President Biden say they are willing to end is the war in Yemen. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said Biden will end US support for the war in “very short order.”
Blinken played a crucial role in the early stages of the US support for Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen. As deputy secretary of state in April 2015, Blinken announced that the US was expediting weapons deliveries and bolstering intelligence sharing with the Saudis. Since then, the coalition has regularly bombed civilian targets, including food supplies, leading to widespread food shortages and mass starvation.
9 thoughts on “Senate Confirms Antony Blinken As Secretary of State”
State is so yesterday. It’s a fact that foreign policy is fully done by the Pentagon, with its Combatant Commands, pushing forever war, with State relegated to being a gofer for the CIA. Now there are exceptions, like Kerry doing the JCPOA, but that stuff doesn’t last. It’s the Pentagon which decides who the enemies of the US security state are this year and next. State has nothing to say except to rail about the Communist China Party, also a few minor irritants that don’t even interest the Pentagon, like Venezuela and Cuba. . . .State’s motto? “Diplomacy In Action.” . . .That’s really “Diplomacy Inaction” as done by the Clinton-Pompeo types. And now Blinken, and nod.
The reality is that all this will finally lead to war with Russia and China and will most likely I am sad to say be nuclear. That’s is the reality. There is no other way to stop these madmen in the Pentagon and CIA. This cannot go on indefinitely. Russia and China at some stage will be forced to react.
Anthony Blinken has pushed for US intervention in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, all egregious mistakes that have backfired on US international diplomacy and leadership. A confirmed supporter of Israel’s atrocious treatment of the Palestinians and opposed to the long awaited two-state peace agreement, Antony Blinken is the one appointment we do not need in the State Department. Peace in the Middle East needs unbiased diplomacy and unwavering fairness from the USA. Not a fanatical Zionist.
A bona fide globalist and Zionist shill. You and I would’ve expected nothing less.
He’ll be quite predictable as will Biden’s rhetoric.
The Palestinians will be wasting time meeting with Blinken as they did with Jared Kushner.
He’s pro Israel and he just stated that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. A bipartisan wet dream come true.
Also that it was a good thing to assassinate Iran’s top general on a peace mission to Iraq. The USA’s top diplomat, a bit thinner than Pompass.
He’s John Bolton with more eloquent words basically.
Revolving Door liberal interventionist/neocon warmonger personnel always re-appear in subsequent Administrations to make sure the Chief Executive carries out their orders, and if they don’t, then just fix the next election.
Attention Syria! Uncle Sam wants head choppers installed to rule your country!
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