Sleepy Joe’s clearly incompetent veep Kamala Harris arrived on Tuesday in Vietnam – the second and last stop on her second foreign trip – and one may only wonder whether her destination was selected in order to humiliate further the United States against the backdrop of the ongoing Afghanistan debacle and the haunting memories from the tragic end of the Vietnam War.
Giant question marks
After Joe Biden single-handedly surrendered Afghanistan to the radical Islamist Taliban without even evacuating all US citizens and US allies first, shocking footage from the botched evacuation in Kabul has been a striking reminiscence of the last-minute rooftop evacuation of US diplomats from Saigon, the capital of then South Vietnam, as the North Vietnamese army was “breaching the gates.”
Kamala Harris’ trip was supposedly designed as reassurance for communist Vietnam – now paradoxically sort-of a regional US ally in the South China Sea – against the growing power and encroachments of communist China.
Vietnam did fight a brief war with China in 1979, and has been on tense terms with Beijing ever since, especially as in the past decade Chinese leader Xi Jinping steered the PRC towards a far more assertive foreign policy course, with bolder and growing claims in the South China Sea.
Nevertheless, besides the question of whether Vietnam was chosen for Kamala’s foreign trip for America to humiliate itself further amid the quagmire in Afghanistan, the second giant question mark is how does the Biden administration hope to reassure any US allies – against China or whoever – right at the moment of the cowardly handling of Afghanistan?
The Biden administration has been saying that Kamala’s visit in Singapore and Vietnam was arranged long ago, long before Sleepy Joe betrayed 20 years of American war efforts to hand Afghanistan to the Taliban.
One can’t help but wonder whether Kamala’s team – obviously as incompetent as she is – has ever heard of canceling foreign visits in the event of extraordinary circumstances such as natural disasters – or disasters caused by an administration’s abysmal policies.
Not that anything good for the United States, in any sense of the word, could be expected from Kamala Harris as vice president – but it is safe to declare that she should not have gone to Vietnam right at the time the Afghanistan catastrophe that has made America the laughing stock of the world.
Giving assurances when US credibility is shaken
Instead of keeping some appearance of dignity – including in order to save the relatively new American ally, communist Vietnam, from the embarrassment of having to take US security assurances at a time of a severely shaken US credibility – Kamala Harris landed in Vietnam on Tuesday night.
In the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, she was welcomed by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc as well as Vice President Vo Thi Ahn Xuan, taking photos with them under busts of Ho Chi Minh, the leader of communist Vietnam who fought against the United States in the Vietnam War.
After a one-on-one meeting with Vietnam’s president in the mirror room of the presidential palace in Hanoi, Harris went to the site where Senator John McCain’s plane was shot down in 1967 by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, which led to his five years as a prisoner of war.
Harris laid flowers at the memorial, noting that it was the third anniversary since John McCain passed away in 2018.
Kamala’s trip doesn’t include a stop in the city formerly called Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh, after the late communist leader, which remains the largest city in Vietnam.
Nonetheless, the symbolism of her visit to Vietnam remains striking even if the scale of the evacuations might be different: a total of 7,000 people were evacuated by the US in 1975 during the Fall of Saigon.
According to the latest figures, a total of 60,000 have been airlifted out of Afghanistan since August 14 – but there are tens of thousands more who are eligible and struggling to make it to the airport in Kabul.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just keep piling blunder on top of blunder in foreign policy just as much as they do in domestic policy – and coupling a Vietnam trip with the Afghanistan disaster is further humiliating evidence of that.