Rebuking the Biden administration's "total collapse of diplomacy," former acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell called for a new era of "muscular diplomacy" in his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday.
"D.C. newsrooms won't say it, but American diplomats have failed," Grenell told CPAC in Orlando, Florida. "President Biden told us that he was going to bring diplomacy back; instead, it's on its back.
"We desperately need new, creative, visionary diplomacy: Muscular diplomacy to secure meaningful peace when a conflict arises."
Grenell noted "our allies are hungrier than ever for a strong America," and "diplomacy done right, however, is the opposite of war."
"Muscular diplomacy means tough, savvy, and sober diplomats who advocate tirelessly for our national interests," he said. "For decades, U.S. foreign policy has been based on unenforceable global accords. It's tried to force democracy in regions and countries that didn't want it and couldn't handle it."
Grenell contrasted the actions of the current administration with what he argued were the more muscular policies of former President Donald Trump, saying, "Diplomacy without the credible threat of force invites contempt."
"Europe has seen its borders rewritten this week under Joe Biden, and in 2014 when Barack Obama was president, and yet the left continues to mock the American First diplomatic strategy," Grenell lamented, noting the Biden State Department "failed to avoid war" because it should have used sanctions before war, not after.
"We must be honest what went wrong, and we must commit to muscular diplomacy for the future," he continued. "A deep and systemic reform of our foreign policy institutions is needed to peacefully advance the interests of our nation."
The Biden administration's failed withdrawal in Afghanistan had all the same resources and final objective as the Trump administration, but it lacked the same strength, according to Grenell, who added our "credibility, our deterrence and our national honor crumbled."
Grenell, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, hailed his "calling out the Germans for their hypocrisy," and said Biden's biggest mistake was freeing the Russians for the Nord Stream 2 "pipeline of influence."
"Joe Biden and Democratic senators dropped the sanctions on Russia's pipeline, creating the precise moment Putin saw American weakness," Grenell said.
"Right now we have political appointees at the State Department who are inept," he added. "There's no other way to say it. We have witnessed an appalling waste of diplomatic capital these past four weeks as the Biden team hyped a bloody war, shifting U.S. troops around Europe, stoking paranoia in the West, destroying the Ukrainian economy and utterly failing to deter Vladimir Putin. "
Grenell also blasted the mainstream media suggesting America First foreign policy "squandered our relationship with NATO" as "cynical lies" – and noted pressing Germany to put up made NATO stronger.
Germany has proved to be kowtowing to a non-NATO member in Russia, Grenell warned.
"Germany wants to have a foreign policy like Switzerland," he said. "They want to sell cars to everyone and be an economic powerhouse with no geostrategic responsibilities, but that's not acceptable.
"Generations of Americans have sacrificed too much for Germany to drift away from the Western alliance."
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