Branco: Odd Man Out

Our NATO allies were not very happy with the dramatic and inadequate withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

In fact, in a stunning rebuke of U.S. foreign policy, the British Parliament held an emergency session that condemned President Joe Biden. In addition, the anger of our NATO allies towards the Biden Administration is palpable.

The Washington Examiner reported on the evacuation calling it “‘Greatest debacle that NATO has seen.”

President Joe Biden’s chaotic exit from Afghanistan has sent a shiver of frustration and bewilderment through allies at home and abroad who regarded his inauguration as a break from what they believed was President Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to foreign policy.

“I think that what has happened shows that Europe needs to develop this famous ‘strategic autonomy’ in order to be ready to face challenges that affect us eventually.”

European Union High Rep. Josep Borrell, a former Spanish politician who now leads the bloc’s diplomatic corps.

German politician Armin Laschet, the heir-apparent to outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the situation even more harshly. 

“This is the greatest debacle that NATO has seen since its foundation, and it is an epochal change that we are facing,” he said this week.