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Judith Miller: Biden double crosses France – president's errors have allies questioning his competence

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19.09.2021

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighs in on the Biden administration's handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the botched Kabul drone strike.

The Biden administration’s unforced errors in foreign affairs keep on mounting.

First was the deadly, botched exit from Afghanistan and ensuing humanitarian disaster. Then came the Pentagon’s belated disclosure that its Aug. 29 drone strike in Kabul killing 10 civilians, seven of them children, which the Defense Department mischaracterized for weeks, was, in fact, a mistake, or as a Pentagon spokesman put it, a "horrible tragedy of war."

Now, there’s the double crossing of France, America’s oldest ally.

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While candidate Biden vowed to restore the vital foreign alliances that Donald Trump had so badly damaged, President Biden has managed in only eight months to raise widespread doubts at home and abroad both about America’s competence and the reliability of its security guarantees.

Calling the Biden administration’s deal to sell Australia nuclear-powered submarines a "stab in the back," France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra on Friday.

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The U.S. sale prompted Australia to cancel a prior $66 billion agreement to buy French diesel-powered submarines. In the long history of French-American relations, France has never before withdrawn an ambassador from Washington for consultations.

Once again, French furor was as much over the sale itself as the secrecy in which Washington conducted its negotiations. Having been approached by Australia months ago about the purchase, team Biden went to extraordinary steps to hide its negotiations fromParis. The French contract with Australia was among the largest defense contracts in its history, and French President Emmanuel Macron faces elections in seven months.

"For any who still doubted it," said Le Monde, France’s leading daily, "the Biden administration is no different from the Trump........

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