President Joe Biden has upset an endless sea of people over his decisions on Afghanistan, but now it would also appear our European allies aren’t too pleased with him either.
According to Politico, European leaders have expressed a sense of betrayal and aren’t happy at all with Biden and his administrative decisions:
Across Europe, officials have reacted with a mix of disbelief and a sense of betrayal. Even those who cheered Biden’s election and believed he could ease the recent tensions in the transatlantic relationship said they regarded the withdrawal from Afghanistan as nothing short of a mistake of historic magnitude.
“I say this with a heavy heart and with horror over what is happening, but the early withdrawal was a serious and far-reaching miscalculation by the current administration,” said Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign relations committee. “This does fundamental damage to the political and moral credibility of the West.”
Röttgen, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, is no flamethrower. He has known Biden for decades and was optimistic about his prospects.
While Merkel has avoided direct criticism of Biden, behind the scenes she has made it clear that she considered the hasty withdrawal a mistake.
“For those who believed in democracy and freedom, especially for women, these are bitter events,” she told a meeting with officials from her party late Monday, according to German media reports.
Other German figures have weighed in as well.
“Naturally this has damaged American credibility, along with that of the intelligence services and of the military,” said the former head of the Aspen Institute in Berlin, Rüdiger Lentz. “One can only hope that the damage to America’s foreign policy leadership can be quickly contained.”
And that’s just Germany. French President Emmanuel Macron has been pushing on a security policy less dependent on America, and this colossal failure may give him the push he needs. Meanwhile, in the U.K., Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chair of the U.K. parliament’s foreign affairs committee is promoting rethinking strategies on defending his country’s interests.
“Afghanistan is the biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez. We need to think again about how we handle friends, who matters and how we defend our interests,” he tweeted.
Afghanistan is the biggest foreign policy disaster since Suez. We need to think again about how we handle friends, who matters and how we defend our interests.
In Kabul we’ve failed our friends and ourselves. We need to think again, fast.https://t.co/9t6x8AdoVm
— Tom Tugendhat (@TomTugendhat) August 16, 2021
To be sure, Europe has as much to fear of a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as America does, if not more so. The Taliban are notorious for harboring, aiding, and abetting other terrorist groups who have made it their mission to carry out terrorist acts across the world. Journeying by land into western countries is a lot easier than flying overseas to America.
That said, America is hardly any safer. With our porous southern border, terrorist groups that grow in power thanks to the Taliban’s takeover will likely look for a way to enter our country and cause havoc. The southern border would be the best place to start. What’s more, it’s a proven method of entry for Islamic terrorists looking to sneak in.
This isn’t just sad for the people of Afghanistan. This will have far-reaching consequences for western countries.