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0827, 03 Sep 21

Europe Sours on Biden

So does America

But in capitals across Europe, from London to Berlin, Afghanistan has soured the sweetness of Joe Biden’s honeymoon. It’s not the fact of the withdrawal itself that has rankled but the US’s lack of coordination with allies, particularly since the Nato mission at the time of the drawdown comprised troops from 36 countries, three-quarters of whom were non-American, leading to an international scramble to evacuate.

The German deployment in Afghanistan was its first major combat mission since World War II, so the frustration at how it ended runs deep. Armin Laschet, Germany’s conservative candidate for chancellor ahead of elections later this month, called the US withdrawal “the greatest debacle that Nato has experienced since its foundation”.


Czech President Milos Zeman labelled it “cowardice”, adding that “the Americans have lost the prestige of a global leader”.

“Expectations were very high when Joe Biden came in – probably too high, they were unrealistic,” Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former Prime Minister, told the BBC. “His ‘America is back’ suggested a golden age in our relations. But it didn’t happen and there’s been a shift in a fairly short period of time. The complete lack of consultations over the withdrawal has left a scar.”


0827, 03 September 2021


  1. steveegg

    Biden is the American President Europe wanted since at least Nixon. Well, they got him, good and hard.

  2. Merlin

    Obama 3.0 isn’t quite what they were expecting, eh? Unrealistic expectations go hand in hand with the liberal proclivity to deny reality. They have some ownership of this shit show whether they admit it or not.

    NeverTrump is proving to have an awfully high price tag.

  3. dad29

    Don’t look for Sykes, Wigderson, Kristol, Boot, Hayes (et al) to PAY that price, either.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann

    Awful European liberals realizing Biden is one of them.

    Tremendous lack of self reflection for the Europeans..

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