President Joe Biden continues to face harsh criticism from Americans on both sides of the aisle and political leaders from around the world following his chaotic U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
When he held a press conference on Friday to address the issue, however, he claimed that none of America’s allies had questioned the policy — despite evidence to the contrary out of the United Kingdom.
“No question of our credibility”
During the news briefing, Biden fielded one question seeking a response to the criticism his administration has faced from allied leaders regarding the manner by which U.S. troops were withdrawn from Afghanistan and concerns that America’s credibility was being questioned around the world.
“I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world,” the president responded. “I have spoken with our NATO allies.”
Biden went further in defending his policies, claiming that “the exact opposite thing is we’re acting with dispatch, we’re acting — committing to what we said we would do.”
In reality, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the British Parliament voted on Wednesday to hold the U.S. president in contempt for a foreign policy failure that left British troops in an untenable position.
Specifically, some members of Parliament described the current situation as “catastrophic” and Biden himself as “shameful” and “dishonorable” for pursuing such a rushed withdrawal of U.S. troops.
“We are entirely dependent”
Not only has the Taliban rapidly regained control of Afghanistan, but Biden has also removed the support Afghan troops had been trained to rely upon in combat.
British Army veteran Tom Tugendhat, who served in Afghanistan before joining Parliament, issued a fairly direct jab at Biden, asserting: “Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.”
During the same emergency meeting of Parliament on Wednesday, the Independent noted, former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May took to the floor and delivered barbed criticisms all around. In addition to placing blame on the Biden administration, she also criticized former President Donald Trump and her successor, Boris Johnson.
“What does it say about NATO if we are entirely dependent on a unilateral decision taken by the United States?” she asked.
Biden has also attracted opprobrium from NATO allies including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag. As these nations and others scramble to evacuate their citizens from Afghanistan, it seems clear that the backlash against the Biden administration is nowhere close to ending.