Senator Bill Hagerty, after meeting with US allies in Europe last week, told Fox News on Monday that there was “palpable frustration” with President Biden’s handling of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and that the foreign leaders were “shocked” by the outcome.
The former US ambassador to Japan made the comments after visiting the UK on Friday and Saturday in Brussels, Belgium, where the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO ), in order to reassure these countries of American leadership.
“They said that the first time in history that Article Five of the NATO Treaty was invoked was when we came to the aid of the United States after the United States was attacked on September 11, 2001. We came to the aid of the United States to show solidarity, ”Hagerty said. said it was said by NATO diplomats.
One representative, according to Hagerty, lamented that “‘solidarity deserves consultation’, which means you should consult with us, you should collaborate with us.”
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“And the implicit question is, ‘Why didn’t you do it? ”, Continued Hagerty. “Why did you leave us in a posture like this?” And frankly, we left our allies in a position where they couldn’t keep their own promises to their own allies. And there is palpable frustration. ”
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan under Biden’s leadership is an ongoing crisis that draws national condemnation more than a week after its completion, in part due to the apparent hostage-taking at Mazar-e Sharif airport .
“I was deeply frustrated, even furious, at our government’s delay and inaction. We will have plenty of time to hold account for the inexcusable bureaucratic red tape that has blocked so many of our Afghan allies, ”said Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. ., said planes with Americans at this airport on Monday. “I expect the White House and the State Department to do everything in their power – absolutely everything – to make this happen,” he said. It was Americans … and Afghans who risked everything for our country. We cannot leave them behind. “
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Biden and his supporters have maintained that leaving Afghanistan was the United States’ only option after former President Donald Trump’s negotiations with the Taliban. They also argue that there is no way the withdrawal could have been handled well and that the United States will still be able to fight terrorism with technology “on the horizon”, including manned planes. and drones.
But Hagerty said NATO allies are not as convinced and fear the withdrawal will lead to a resurgence of Islamic terrorism.
“Something that was a common thread… is the belief that we have given terrorism a massive propaganda victory,” Hagerty said. “Their concern is that the propaganda victory will encourage jihadists around the world” to act against the West.
Hagerty said NATO countries are also concerned that a massive refugee and immigration crisis will hit their countries simultaneously.
“They feel that because of their proximity, they are more at risk than the United States. They told me ‘you are protected by an ocean, we are not’, ”Hagerty said.
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The senator said he had heard no rumblings from the UK and other NATO countries that they might consider closer relations with China or Russia in light of the US failures. in Afghanistan.
But those countries were nonetheless “surprised and frankly shocked by the way things turned out” during the US-led evacuations, Hagerty said. And these countries want to see Biden act to mitigate what they see as a latent terrorist threat resulting from his actions.
“I think the first step is to stop distracting and taking ownership and recognizing the fact that we have new challenges emerging from the situation in Afghanistan,” Hagerty said. “What we need to see is… action that demonstrates and underscores the fact that we are not going to stand idly by in the face of an increased terrorist threat” as well as an upcoming refugee crisis.