(Washington) Barack Obama pointed it out, Donald Trump sang it with his thunder, but no doubt when Biden left Afghanistan this week, he made it very clear: America no longer wants to be a world policeman.
“It is time to end this eternal war.” […] Fiden said so, but it could have easily been Trump, ”said Charles Franklin, a professor at Marquette Law School.
He was commenting on a speech by the US president on Tuesday, the day after the announcement of the departure of the last American soldiers after the Twenty Years War in Afghanistan.
Instead of having a low profile after the confusing deviation that weakened him with public opinion, Joe Biden took the opportunity to articulate his international theory more clearly.
“It’s not just about Afghanistan. It’s about ending the era of major military intervention that is rebuilding other countries,” he said.
To Benjamin Haddat of the Washington-based Atlantic Council Research Center, a comment was made on Twitter that this was “the most outright rejection of the international community in decades” by a US president.
Admittedly, “America is back,” “America is back,” the 78-year-old Democrat often repeats, but under no circumstances did he explain.
“We have to learn from our mistakes,” he said.
“We must deliver tasks that have clear and realistic goals, not goals that we can never achieve,” and that we must clearly focus on the security of the United States. ”
Joe Biden is proud of his long experience in foreign policy, as a senator and later vice president of Barack Obama.
The latter, the withdrawal of American intervention, did not begin as upside down as Joe Biden.
Barack Obama thus called for an armed response to Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons as a “red line”. But when Damascus passed it in August 2013, the Democrat leader did not finally launch the planned airstrikes.
According to Joe Biden, rivalries between dictatorial regimes such as democracies and China should prioritize key military operations. In his mind, while quenching the thirst for prosperity of the middle class, he must prove that democracy can better respond to bigger challenges such as climate change or epidemic than dictatorship.
In this big match, Joe Biden is relying on the game of alliances, a serious difference with Donald Trump. In the autumn, he organizes a virtual summit, uniting the heads of state and the government of democracies, the list of which has not been released.
The United States “has always been reluctant to isolate itself from the sins of the world and spread the benefits of its model. From 1945, they were chosen as guardians and later as missionaries of democracy. They are coming home, ”former French ambassador to Washington Gerard Arrott commented on Twitter.
The unilateral management of the withdrawal from Afghanistan has indeed shaken the countries that have allied with the United States. It made Beijing and Moscow happy, and rushed there to read the warning to countries that risked everything in US military support.
Although it is difficult to know “how deep it is” among U.S. allies about managing its exit from Afghanistan, “there seems to be a certain amount of frustration,” says Tricia Bacon, a professor at an American university.
On Wednesday, the day after Joe Biden’s big speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky used the president’s reservation in international affairs.
Joe Biden reiterated his promise to help against the Russian “occupation” in Crimea, especially by providing him with military equipment.
But the US president, who was keen to join the Atlantic military alliance, did not open NATO’s doors wide to Ukraine.
Joe Biden has not backed down on North Stream 2, the Russian gas pipeline project that worries Kiev the most. More than obstacles, the White House has chosen a diplomatic approach to this delicate matter.
Elsewhere in Europe, Joe Biden may have “almost cut a good curtain on US military intervention in the Middle East”, analyst Imad Harp, director of research and analysis at the “Arab Center” in Washington.
In the absence of guaranteed US military support, he hopes this will lead countries in the region to raise their voices and show “greater control” over Iran.
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