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Usa. Biden. La Cnn accusa l’Amministrazione delle femmine di mancanza di ‘competenza’.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2021-08-26.

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La Cnn accusa ore rotundo Biden e la sua Administration di essere degli ‘incompetenti’.

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«Biden Cabinet picks feature record number of women and women of color»

«Kamala Harris becoming the first woman and person of color to become vice president»

«Twelve of Biden’s nominations for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions are women, including eight women of color»

«These women will bring diverse lived experiences and perspectives to the work that they do, which is some of the most important policy work for the country»

«They’re heading agencies that will set the terms and agenda for the next four years»

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«Joe Biden is facing a crisis of competence»

«At the heart of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign was a single word: competence»

«After four years of Donald Trump’s incompetence in, well, everything, the Biden argument was that the country badly needed a steady hand on the tiller»

«Someone who didn’t need training to do the job»

«Seven months into his first term, however, Biden is faced with nothing short of a crisis of that competence»

«The glaring example is, of course, the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban»

«Biden had proclaimed that “there’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States in Afghanistan»

«images were beamed back to the United States of helicopters airlifting people from the parking lot of the US Embassy in Kabul»

«Afghans clinging to an American plane as it took off from the country»

«neither Biden nor his top foreign policy advisers could stop it»

«And while Biden was congratulating himself and the country this spring on the number of people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19, his administration came up short of its oft-stated goal»

«the Biden administration’s competent management of a nationwide vaccine program and the retreat of the virus — has taken a major hit»

«Then there is the border. Arrests of those attempting to cross illegally at the US’s southern border hit a two-decade high last month»

«As a result, the border situation remains a political liability for the White House that is drawing criticism from both the left and the right»

«But at the moment, chaos is winning over competence. And that is a major problem for Biden and his administration»

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Difficile, molto difficile, dar torto alla Cnn, che a nostro sommesso parere ha usato una mano particolarmente leggera.

Braccia sottratte alle miniere di zolfo nel deserto.

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Joe Biden is facing a crisis of competence

At the heart of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign was a single word: competence.

After four years of Donald Trump’s incompetence in, well, everything, the Biden argument was that the country badly needed a steady hand on the tiller — someone who had been there and done that. Someone who didn’t need training to do the job. Someone who was exactly the opposite of the guy currently in office.

And it worked. Rather than see Biden’s age — he’s 78 — as a negative, plenty of voters believed his decades of experience were what the country needed in the post-Trump era. Knowing how the federal bureaucracy worked mattered. So did having good relationships with world leaders. And having seen everything there was to see on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts.

Seven months into his first term, however, Biden is faced with nothing short of a crisis of that competence, beset on a number of fronts with developments that it appears all of his experience and know-how didn’t prevent.

The glaring example is, of course, the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban in the wake of Biden’s decision to pull American troops out of the country.

In announcing the end of the American military commitment in Afghanistan just over a month ago, Biden had proclaimed that “there’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States in Afghanistan.”

Except that over the weekend, images were beamed back to the United States of helicopters airlifting people from the parking lot of the US Embassy in Kabul. And on Monday morning came even more devastating images: Afghans clinging to an American plane as it took off from the country.

The overwhelming message? The situation was totally and completely out of control — and neither Biden nor his top foreign policy advisers could stop it.

While the crisis in Afghanistan is front and center in this reexamining of Biden’s competence argument, it’s far from the only data point in that conversation.

Remember back in May, Biden announced that the CDC had said vaccinated people no longer needed to wear masks indoors — a development he described as a “great milestone?” Just two months later, however, Biden was forced to reverse himself amid a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant.

And while Biden was congratulating himself and the country this spring on the number of people who had been vaccinated against Covid-19, his administration came up short of its oft-stated goal of 70% of eligible adults with at least one shot of the vaccine by July 4.

To be clear: The rise of the Delta variant — fueled by the still-unvaccinated and by many Republican governors refusing to follow guidance to mitigate the continued spread — can’t be laid entirely (or even mostly) at Biden’s feet.

But there’s no question that the dominant narrative of the late spring — the Biden administration’s competent management of a nationwide vaccine program and the retreat of the virus — has taken a major hit.

Then there is the border. Arrests of those attempting to cross illegally at the US’s southern border hit a two-decade high last month. Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, admitted late last week that the US is facing a “serious challenge” at the border.

While Mayorkas blamed at least part of the crisis on the Trump administration, which, he said “dismantled our asylum system,” there’s also no question that the Biden administration is nowhere near where it wants or needs to be when it comes to its handling of the border crisis.

As CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez wrote last week:

“The Biden administration has been caught between expressing compassion toward migrants and relying heavily on deterring those journeying to the US southern border. As a result, the border situation remains a political liability for the White House that is drawing criticism from both the left and the right.”

Given all of that, it’s no surprise that Biden’s poll numbers have taken a hit of late. Biden’s 50% job approval at the end of last month was the lowest of his presidency — as measured by Gallup. And that was before the disaster in Afghanistan, which is dominating national news coverage, and the full scope of the surge in Covid-19 was apparent.

Biden’s promise to the American people was that his years in public life had best prepared him to avoid the chaos that defined the Trump era. But at the moment, chaos is winning over competence. And that is a major problem for Biden and his administration.

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Biden Cabinet picks feature record number of women and women of color.

Inauguration Day already was historic for women, with Kamala Harris becoming the first woman and person of color to become vice president, and she soon could be joined by a similarly record-breaking Cabinet.

Twelve of Biden’s nominations for Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions are women, including eight women of color, and if they’re all confirmed it would shatter former President Bill Clinton’s record of nine women serving concurrently, which happened during his second term.

When former President Donald Trump was in office, six women served at the same time, excluding two who served in acting roles, per Rutgers University’s Center of American Women and Politics

“Joe Biden made a commitment during his campaign that he would work to be sure that his administration looks like the constituencies it serves,” Kelly Dittmar, director of research at CAWP, told ABC News. “I think what we’re seeing in his Cabinet is that he’s gotten pretty close to making good on that promise.”

“These women will bring diverse lived experiences and perspectives to the work that they do, which is some of the most important policy work for the country,” she added. “They’re heading agencies that will set the terms and agenda for the next four years.”

Here are the women nominated to Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions by Biden:

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, has been nominated to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She’s a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who worked closely with the Obama administration amid the 2009 recession, has been nominated to head the Department of Energy.

Isabel Guzman, director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate in California, has been selected to serve as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., who made history by becoming one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress in 2018, has been nominated to lead the Department of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland would be the first Native person to oversee an agency that played a major role historically in the forced relocation and oppression of Indigenous people.

Avril Haines was selected for the role of director of national intelligence. Haines is a former deputy director of the CIA and principal deputy national security adviser under the Obama administration — the first woman to hold both roles.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo was nominated to head the Department of Commerce. She was elected governor in 2014 and is a former chair of the Democratic Governors Association.

Cecilia Rouse Chair, an economist and dean of Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, was nominated to lead the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Katherine Tai, who serves as chief trade counsel for the United States House Committee on Ways and Means, was chosen for the position of U.S. trade representative.

Neera Tanden, a longtime policy adviser and president of the Center of American Program was nominated to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career foreign service officer who served as assistant secretary of state for Africa during the Obama administration, was tapped to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the Federal Reserve, was nominated as secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

As it takes shape, the Biden administration has been widely praised for being the most diverse in history, but some progressives have voiced concerns over lobbying and corporate ties of some nominees.

Nominees like Tanden have drawn intense criticism from Republicans, with some vowing to block her confirmation.

Once the gavel switches and incoming Democratic Georgia Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are sworn in, the Democratic Party will hold a slim majority in the upper chamber, with Harris as the tie-breaking vote.