International allies mock Biden over Afghanistan defeat, question American credibility

- THE BLAZE - AUG 16, 2021 - CHRIS ENLOE -

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Not only is President Joe Biden being mocked for his disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal in the homeland, but international allies are also targeting Biden after witnessing the swift victory of emboldened Taliban terrorists.


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In what is being described as worse than America's humiliating evacuation from Saigon in 1975, the haphazard Afghanistan withdrawal is eroding the confidence of international allies that his administration is capable of fulfilling his foreign policy promises.


British MP Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Defense Committee in the British Parliament, mocked Biden's "America is back" foreign policy.


"Whatever happened to 'America is back'?" Ellwood told the Washington Post.


"People are bewildered that after two decades of this big, high-tech power intervening, they are withdrawing and effectively handing the country back to the people we went in to defeat," Ellwood added. "This is the irony. How can you say America is back when we're being defeated by an insurgency armed with no more than [rocket-propelled grenades], land mines and AK-47s?"


Riad Kahwaji, whom the Post described as "the Inegma security consultancy in the United Arab Emirates, which hosts one of the biggest American military contingents in the Middle East," told the newspaper that Biden's withdrawal "is raising alarm bells everywhere."


"The U.S.'s credibility as an ally has been in question for a while," Kahwaji said. "We see Russia fighting all the way to protect the Assad regime [in Syria], and now the Americans are pulling out and leaving a big chaos in Afghanistan."


Meanwhile, Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, told the Post that German lawmakers are furious with the decision of Biden's administration.


"The Biden administration came to office promising an open exchange, a transparent exchange with its allies. They said the transatlantic relationship would be pivotal," Clüver Ashbrook said. "As it is, they're playing lip service to the transatlantic relationship and still believe European allies should fall into line with U.S. priorities."


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