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Biden at 2 years: record low approval and ‘polycrisis’

Ramin Mazaheri
Press TV, Chicago

United States President Joe Biden has just reached the halfway mark of his term, and perhaps the best word to sum up the past two years is a new phrase: “polycrisis”, which is defined as the simultaneous creation of several catastrophic events.

Most of these tragic events took place on the path of foreign policy orientation. Biden totally backtracked on his promise to re-enter the JCPOA pact on Iran’s nuclear energy agreement and then charged into exacerbating the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Sanctions on Russia have backfired so badly that the average family has lost over a month’s salary since Biden took office.

Biden came to power with total control of Congress thanks to boastful campaign promises of rebuilding after the economic devastation due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

Biden’s approval rate is currently at its lowest rate of 40 percent. The Democrats lost control of the lower House of Representatives in the mid-term elections due to widespread disillusionment. The country now faces two years of Congressional dysfunction, and many wonder if the progressive spirit of 2020 can be recaptured.

Record inflation, a looming double-dip recession, a divided Congress, no end to “forever war” - the Biden era clearly can't be defined by just one crisis. A recent poll found that 60 percent of Democratic voters don’t want Biden to run for re-election in 2024.

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