Biden alone on Afghanistan in front of frustrated Americans and bitter allies
Elected officials in his own camp disappointed, a cold public opinion and bitter international allies: President Joe Biden seemed very alone on Tuesday, as the White House struggled to defend his management of a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
His posture is simple: “I am the President of the United States and in the end, it is me who believes,” Joe Biden said in a brief speech at the White House on Monday, before resuming his interrupted vacation at the David Camp residence. Said.
His national security adviser Jake Sullivan defended his boss on Tuesday, while waiting for the US president to speak again in a television interview on Wednesday.
“When you end twenty years of military intervention (…)
So far the decision to withdraw US troops, initially taken by Donald Trump, and confirmed by Joe Biden by setting an August 31 deadline, has been popular with American public opinion.
But the speed at which the Taliban took control of the country shocked Americans on Monday with stunning photos from Kabul airport evacuating the US embassy from the disaster.
– Survey –
Of the 1,999 voters polled by Politico and Morning Consult from August 13 to 16, only 49% supported the Democratic president’s decision to leave the country, up from 69% in April.
The Biden administration, which, in the absence of flamboyance, seeks to be efficient, well-organized, concerned with consultations at national and international levels, is attacked on all these points, even within the ranks of elected Democrats.
Democrat Bob Menendez, the head of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was “disappointed that the Biden administration failed to appreciate the results of the apparently swift return.”
“My appeal to the administration for several months now is that we have to evacuate our allies and take care of the paperwork after keeping the heroes safe. And he didn’t listen to this call”, condemned US military veteran Seth Moulton, and was elected a Democrat in the House.
The US president is also criticized for his apparent coldness, who has always been sympathetic to his compatriots.
Irfan said, “The tone in which he used to describe the Afghan army and government lacked compassion and understanding, at a time when disturbing images of people trying to escape from the nightmare of these Afghans dominated the screen.” Is.” Nooruddin, South Asian expert and Professor at Georgetown University.
The White House accused Afghan soldiers, equipped and trained by the United States, of abandoning the fight against the Taliban.
– “Destruction” –
Finally Joe Biden, who regularly prides himself on a long experience in foreign policy, and who regularly affirms that “America is back” in the international game, appears to be aloof for some time. .
Since Kabul’s fall “he has yet to have exchanges with international leaders”, Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday, while allies of the United States do not hide their bitterness.
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday: “The pictures of despair at Kabul airport are a disgrace to the political West.”
The British government has openly criticized the American decisions.
If Joe Biden argues that the United States is devoting itself to bigger challenges than Afghanistan, particularly the face-off with Beijing, then Chinese rule is going to explode in the near future.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Tuesday that the Americans had “left a terrible mess” in Afghanistan.
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