Afghanistan is ‘catastrophe’ for Biden and leaves him in 'no win' position as allies lose faith in US

THE "catastrophe" in Afghanistan has left Joe Biden in a "no-win" position as America's allies are starting to grow "wary" of Washington, according to experts.

Biden is continuing to defend his decision to pull all troops out of the war-torn country by August 31, but has received a huge backlash at home and abroad.



US politics expert Thomas Gift believes the president, who campaigned to withdraw troops from Afghanistan during the election, would’ve been heavily criticized had he changed course.

He told the Sun: “Had he not pursued withdrawal, he certainly would’ve been criticized.

“Lots of Americans would’ve been saying 'why did you reverse course on this when you campaigned on withdrawing troops from Afghanistan?'

“He would’ve taken some political heat for that decision. To some extent, he was in a no-win situation.”

Almost two-thirds of Americans support removing US troops from Afghanistan, according to a CBS News poll.

Gift believes Washington's reputation on the global stage has been harmed following last week's hasty retreat.

He said: "For this to unfold as it did was a huge debacle and I think it's going to damage the Administration's reputation internationally as well as America's reputation internationally at a time when it was already precarious."

American politics expert Rob Singh admitted there is now concern among Washington's allies who are reliant on the US' security guarantees.

He said: "Is this administration really likely to come to Taiwan's defense if China does seek to coerce it?

“For countries such as Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea, it's going to make them much more nervous about Washington.”

Taiwan — broke away from China in 1949 – but Beijing regards the island as a "renegade state” and has repeatedly vowed to take it back by force if necessary by 2050.

Washington has pursued a strategy of “strategic ambiguity” – where it has persuaded pro-separatist Taiwanese forces not to declare independence while deterring Chinese troops not to seize the island by force, according to the Daily Beast.

It’s thought that the formal declaration of independence would be the likely trigger for a potential conflict.

'ALLIES GROW NERVOUS'

Singh believes Biden has prioritized America's interests in his approach toward Afghanistan.

He said: "Biden has rebranded this as a form of foreign policy for the American middle class – which is a more diplomatic way of saying 'America First'.

“It's still basically saying we are going to unapologetically do things that appeal to the American heartland even if it means we leave chaos in Afghanistan.

“It's a very hard-headed approach that prioritizes America and is willing to act alone unilaterally as they see what's in America's best interests."

Biden has received a flurry of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for how the crisis in Afghanistan has escalated.

Political commentator Dan Bongino called for the president to resign as he branded Biden a “total epic colossal apocalyptic failure”.

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers Lindsey Graham and congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene have called for the president to be impeached.

And, former British PM Tony Blair branded Biden an "imbecile" over the decision to pull out from Afghanistan.

'EPIC FAILURE'

He said jihadist groups would be cheering at Washington's retreat.

Blair said: “We did it in obedience to an imbecilic political slogan about ending ‘the forever wars’ as if our engagement in 2021 was remotely comparable to our commitment 20 or even ten years ago.”

Biden promised to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by August 31 and has staunchly defended his strategy in recent weeks.

A Taliban spokesman has since warned the US would face consequences if the deadline is not met.

Suhail Shaheen told Sky News: “President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it, that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations, the answer is no. Or there would be consequences.”

It's reported that Boris Johnson will use a G7 meeting on Tuesday to ask Biden to keep troops at Kabul airport beyond August 31.

At least seven people including a toddler were crushed to death in a stampede at Kabul airport as desperate families attempt to flee the Taliban.

Men, women, and children were crushed in 90F heat as there were reports of people collapsing from exhaustion and asphyxiation.

Taliban officials have blamed the US for the carnage, alleging "America has failed to bring order to the airport".

Since August 14, the US has helped evacuate around 37,000 people from Afghanistan.




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