Can Biden Really Bring America ‘Back’ After Trump?

President-elect Joe Biden introduces his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 24, 2020 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
President-elect Joe Biden introduces his nominees and appointees to key national security and foreign policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Nov. 24, 2020 (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster).
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During a long campaign that was, for both tactical and public health purposes, deliberately subdued, Joe Biden frequently offered a pithy, two-word answer to the question of how he would change America’s message to the world: “We’re back.” Biden’s first major Cabinet choices were also intended to reinforce this theme, as literal returnees. People like Antony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, and other members of his national security team are all veterans of the Obama administration. Despite Biden’s evident comfort with the familiar, though, as I argued in one of my earliest columns for WPR, there will be […]

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