It’s not a formal declaration of contempt, but clearly the reaction to Joe Biden’s Afghanistan rout and especially his speech goes well beyond MP Tom Tugendhat. Nor did Biden provide the only target of Parliament’s ire. Boris Johnson had to endure a day of harsh criticism for his lack of preparation for, and influence over, the humiliating end of the joint mission in Afghanistan.
MPs condemn Biden over ‘shameful’ US withdrawal — Times of London
MPs lambast Johnson over Afghanistan ‘humiliation’ — The Guardian
JOHNSON HUMILIATED — Daily Mirror
Johnson & Raab Shamed: ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL – Metro
The Metro helpfully includes a subhead of ‘You cannot co-ordinate an international response from the beach.’ Someone should tell that to Joe Biden.
This development is important to note for more than just partisan reasons. Democrats pushed Biden in 2020 on two major themes: foreign policy expertise and a restoral of American influence abroad after the Trump term. There’s no doubt that Trump rubbed a lot of our allies the wrong way, but he never generated the kind of anger that would lead the British parliament to openly express across-the-spectrum contempt for him, formally or not. That’s a first for an American president.
It also provides a sobering look at the damage Biden has done to American influence with this incompetent and deadly flight out of Afghanistan. If and when Biden needs the UK for a security issue more in tune with Biden’s priorities, who will come to his aid? In fact, after watching Biden’s incompetence in Afghanistan, who in their right mind would partner with his administration in any military/security venture, no matter how necessary? Our allies are already openly discussing their post-American future, as contempt for Biden and his team has spread far beyond Westminster.
The next time Biden calls, he might wait a long time to get an answer. A very long time.