Biden’s Afghanistan, China, Russia policies in 2021 sparked concern over America’s standing in the world

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In his first election in November 2020, President Biden assured that “America is back” on the world stage.

Repeated mistakes have led foreign policy experts and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to claim that the Biden administration’s foreign policy has diminished the United States’ position in the world as China and Russia pull together aggressive defenses unprecedented since World War II.

Afghanistan

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021 sparked a global backlash after the Taliban quickly took control of Kabul, marking the grim end to a two-decade conflict.

On August 18, three days after the capture of the Afghan capital by the Taliban, President Biden speaks with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos about the remaining Americans and Afghan allies, reassuring the public that the US military would stay in the country until we “get them all out.”

In December, the The State Department revealed that 500 US citizens had been left behind, a figure much higher than initially reported. The country also left behind billions of US military equipment, which the Taliban seized and recently hauled around the Kandahar region, according to Agence France-Presse.

As the military carried out a chaotic mass evacuation at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, desperate Afghans clung to departing planes until they fell from the sky. On August 26, suicide bombers killed at least 183 people, 13 of whom were US servicemen.

Evacuees wait to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 23.

Evacuees wait to board a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III during an evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 23.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Isaiah Campbell)

In response, the United States deployed two drone strikes against suspected ISIS-K terrorists. A strike killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children.

The botched withdrawal prompted some retired military leaders to call for resignations senior military and diplomatic officials from Biden, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Earlier this month, Marine General Frank McKenzie, chief of the United States Central Command, told the Pentagon that the United States has “probably about 1 or 2% of the capabilities that we once had to examine Afghanistan “, which he said made it”. very difficult, if not impossible “to see whether al-Qaeda or the Islamic State in Afghanistan pose a threat to the United States.

Retired Lieutenant-General Keith Kellogg, former acting national security adviser to President Trump, previously told Fox News that the power vacuum left in Afghanistan is worse than the post-withdrawal situation in Iraq that led to the rise of the Islamic State.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on September 29, 2021 in Washington.  (Rod Lamkey-Pool / Getty Images)

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies at a House Armed Services Committee hearing on September 29, 2021 in Washington. (Rod Lamkey-Pool / Getty Images)

Even so, Biden and members of his administration continue to suggest that the withdrawal from Afghanistan was relatively successful.

“Everyone is saying, ‘You could have gone out without anyone getting hurt,'” Biden said in an interview with CBS News correspondent Rita Braver this month. “No one has found a way to tell me how this is going.”

Europe and Russia

Less than a month after the debacle in Afghanistan, the United States made diplomatic history when France, its longest-standing ally, first recalled its ambassador from Washington, DC.

FRANCE RECALLS AMBASSADORS IN THE USA AND AUSTRALIA IN RESPONSE TO THE PACT ON AUKUS NUCLEAR SUBMARINES

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron greet each other before a meeting at La Villa Bonaparte in Rome on October 29, 2021 (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron greet each other before a meeting at La Villa Bonaparte in Rome on October 29, 2021 (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

France also recalled its ambassador to Australia in an expression of dissatisfaction with the two countries for a pact they signed with the UK which supplied nuclear submarines to Australia. The new deal was canceled earlier agreement who allegedly supplied Australia with submarines from France, who described the deal as a stab in the back.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Biden meet in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Biden meet in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021.
(AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

On the edge of Europe, tensions with Russia also intensified under the Biden administration. About 100,000 Russian soldiers gathered along the Ukraine border in recent weeks, and we officials confirmed to Fox News that they believe Russia foresees a military invasion on several fronts of the country with up to 175,000 troops by the beginning of 2022.

A senior US defense official told Fox News that the United States takes recent signals from the Kremlin very seriously.

China

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) prepares to “reunify” Taiwan with its mainland, tensions between the United States and China have also continued to escalate in the Indo-Pacific.

DOUBLE BLINKEN ON THE WARNING IN CHINA OVER TAIWAN: “TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES” IN THE EVENT OF A BEIJING STRIKE

The Biden administration was condemned by China in November after the State Department announced that it had invited Taiwan to its Summit for Democracy in December.

President Biden listens to his virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on November 15, 2021. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

President Biden listens to his virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington on November 15, 2021. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Speaking to Fox News presenter Bret Baier at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., Earlier this month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said ChinaThe increase in military activity near Taiwan seems to indicate a “repetition” of the country’s future intentions.

LLOYD AUSTIN REACTS WITH AWESOME SILENCE WHEN ASKED IF HE HAS REGRETS FOR AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL

Pointing out how China recently launched several air operations near Taiwan, Baier asked Austin, “Do you think these are training flights for future operations? “

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets with South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook in Seoul, South Korea, December 2, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun / Pool Photo via AP)

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meets with South Korean Defense Minister Suh Wook in Seoul, South Korea, December 2, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun / Pool Photo via AP)

Austin said he did not want to speculate, but noted: “Certainly it looks like they are exploring their true abilities. [are], and sure enough, it looks like a rehearsal. “

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Dom Calicchio, Caitlin McFall and Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report.

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