The White House earlier this week announced that President Joe Biden would deliver “brief remarks about a national security initiative.” That security initiative would turn out to have serious ramifications for U.S. relations, which have resulted in a diplomatic embarrassment for the Biden administration.
The announcement was originally shrouded in secrecy. Not even the publications known to be loyal to the Biden administration appeared to know what it concerned.
“Per a WH source, today’s national security announcement has something to do with the UK and Australia,” Politico reporter Alex Ward commented. “The piece below seems to confirm that. But what, exactly? Still don’t know.”
The Australian-based publication The Age reported that a ‘major international development’ was expected to come out of the United States on Thursday morning.
“Sources familiar with the development said some members of cabinet were granted border exemptions to urgently fly to Canberra for the hastily arranged meeting, which sources say will have international significance,” the Age report said. “The announcement will be “significant to the United States and British governments,” the report addeed.
Late Wednesday night, news broke of a security pact between the U.S., Great Britain and Australia that involved the sharing of sensitive nuclear and artificial intelligence technology. It was sold as part of a joint effort to counter Chinese military aggression in the South Pacific.
“Australia, the United States and Britain will unveil a landmark new security pact to share advanced technologies, including nuclear submarine technology, in a major international announcement on Thursday morning,” the Age reported in a follow-up.
“As part of the pact, to be known as AUKUS, the US would help Australia develop a nuclear submarine capability, which could result in Australia dumping its $90 billion submarine deal with France, sources confirmed.”
“The working group will enable the three countries to share information in areas including long-range strike capabilities, artificial intelligence and underwater systems in a thinly veiled bid to counter China, Politico reported, citing a White House official and a congressional staffer,” the report continued.
The news, far from being a blip on the radar, turned out to have caused an international incident for the Biden administration: France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States over it.
“Calling American and Australian behavior ‘unacceptable between allies and partners,’ France announced on Friday that it was recalling its ambassadors to both countries in protest over President Biden’s decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia,” the New York Times reported.
“It was the first time in the history of the long alliance between France and the United States, dating back to 1778, that a French ambassador has been recalled to Paris in this way for consultations,” the Times added. “The decision by President Emmanuel Macron reflects the extent of French outrage at what it has a called a “brutal” American decision and a ‘stab in the back’ from Australia.”
So much for the Biden administration restoring ‘competence’ and ‘cooperation’ with U.S. allies. When you combine this diplomatic debacle with the betrayal of Great Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Canada and other allies in Afghanistan, the Biden State Department is overseeing one of the most disastrous foreign policies for the United States in history. This cannot be what Biden meant when he proclaimed “America is back.”
Despite the controversy, it could actually be the bit on “artificial intelligence” could be the most concerning to those who believed the announcement might concern collaboration to maintain unpopular Covid lockdown policies. Australia and Great Britain have been home to some of the most massive anti-lockdown demonstrations.
WATCH: Australians protesting Covid mandates bust through police line.
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) September 18, 2021
Meanwhile, Washington D.C. appears to be bracing for popular unrest amid increasingly authoritarian policies, such as a federal vaccine mandate that was issued via executive order. On Thursday, the news surfaced that Washington D.C. was installing fencing, motion detection, and facial recognition software around the U.S. capitol.
Motion-tracking watchtower installed outside the US Capitol along with new fencing pic.twitter.com/rPBp3SfN3z
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 16, 2021
The security measures were put in place ahead of a September 18 ‘Justice for Jan. 6’ rally that was disavowed by the Proud Boys and even by former President Trump himself.
“On Saturday, that’s a setup,” Trump said, referring to the rally. “If people don’t show up they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people do show up they’ll be harassed.”
Indeed, it appears that only FBI informants and members of the press turned out in significant numbers.
Straight outta Quantico. Yo.🔻https://t.co/p7iQJX9ZOe
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) September 18, 2021
The cooperation between the U.S. and Australia is intriguing in the context of the Biden administration’s aggressive push for Covid vaccinations, which now include federal mandates by executive order. 24 state attorney generals are threatening to sue the administration, which can be filed as soon as the policy is actually implemented.
Australia has become notorious for some of the most draconian Covid lockdown policies on the planet. The recently liberal democratic nation has even imposed Covid internment camps on its citizens, out of which has come some harrowing reports.
President Joe Biden will also be traveling to New York City on September 21 to deliver remarks at the U.N. General assembly, the White House announced on Monday.
“Joe Biden will reportedly propose a target for 70% of the world’s population to be vaccinated within the next year at a global vaccines summit he intends to convene alongside the UN general assembly in New York this month,” the Guardian reported.
Whether or not the tri-lateral security arrangement will actually lead to an enhanced ability to resist Chinese encroachment is unclear. The joint announcement to share sensitive nuclear and AI technology is undoubtedly an open invitation for abuse, as well as probable interception by hostile adversaries, including Russia and China.
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