‘We are no longer a superpower!’ says the narrator. In an angry rant, the UK Defence Secretary mocks Joe Biden.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Following Joe Biden’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, Ben Wallace appeared to suggest that the United States is no longer a superpower.
In thinly veiled statements aimed at US President Donald Trump, the senior minister claimed that a country’s inability to complete military missions was a symptom of a superpower’s extinction. Ministers have been angered and surprised by the US’s behind-the-scenes efforts, but Mr Wallace’s remarks are the closest a member of the Cabinet has come to publicly criticizing the White House.
Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, earlier stated that staying in the region after the US withdrawal would be untenable, but he did not criticize the choice.
Mr Wallace was asked in an interview with the Spectator magazine if the withdrawal from Afghanistan proved the limits of British strength on the global arena.
He appeared to divert his focus to Mr. Biden before saying, “It is evident that Britain is not a superpower.”
“But a superpower that isn’t willing to stick at something isn’t probably a superpower either,” he continued.
“It isn’t a global force; it is simply a major power.”
Mr Wallace’s remarks are not the first time he has criticized the US over its Afghanistan strategy.
Last month, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis slammed Donald Trump’s 2020 peace plan with the Taliban.
It was a “bad deal” and a “error,” he said.
“At the time of Trump’s deal with the Taliban, obviously, I thought it was a mistake to do it that way.
At the time, the Wyre and Preston North MP said, “We will all, in the international community, probably bear the repercussions of that.”
“I’ve been fairly honest about it publicly, which is an unusual thing when it comes to US judgments, but strategically, it poses a lot of difficulties, and it’s very tough for what we’re experiencing now as an international community.”
While Mr. Trump was in charge of the pullout policy, it was Mr. Biden who gave the final approval for US forces to leave.
The Taliban gained control of Kabul’s capital and overthrew the Afghan government in less than ten days.
The US President has sought to explain his actions in the face of criticism from Nato partners for abandoning the region.
He had stated that remaining in the country was not an option.
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