Buyers remorse? U.S. allies chafe at Biden decisions after promise of improved relations
Bungled Afghan withdrawal, recent China maneuvers leave friends like Great Britain and France chafing.
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Just a few short months ago, images of Joe Biden frolicking together with U.S. allies at the G7 summit in Great Britain dominated the airwaves as the American president promised an era of improved diplomatic ties.
Those allies had chafed under President Donald Trump's America First foreign policy, which among other things demanded allies pay more of their fair share for NATO security.
"We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday's challenges, but today's and tomorrow's," Biden joyfully declared.
But now, the allied honeymoon is officially over.
An infuriated France on Thursday blasted the Biden administration for bumping it out of a nuclear submarine deal with Australia as part of a new China security initiative.
The French were so indignant that they canceled a gala scheduled Friday at its embassy in Washington to mark the 240th anniversary of a famous Revolutionary War battle, signaling frostier relations ahead.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Biden's sub deal a "unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision" certain to drive a wedge between two longtime allies.
That diplomatic headache followed two steady weeks of anger across Europe over the bungled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, which allowed the Taliban to take control of the country after a 20-year war. Allies openly complained of poor communications, inexplicable strategy changes and a failure to appreciate the long-term consequences to the war on terror.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair blasted Biden's exit strategy as "imbecilic." Colonel Richard Kemp, the retired commander of British forces in Afghanistan, declared Biden had already cemented his place as America's worst president in history and doomed the world to decades of strife.
The Europeans have so soured on Biden that some are openly talking about creating a strategy of going it alone more often. "We must strengthen Europe such that we never have to leave it up to Americans," German Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet recently declared.
Without doubt, the coalition of the willing has begun to feel buyer's remorse. Check out the video above for more details on the fraying relations with allies.