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Biden foreign policy blunders are piling up

 September 10, 2023

Foreign policy is one of the most significant realms in which a president can make an indelible mark.

When President Joe Biden stepped into the Oval Office, he pledged to capitalize on his extensive foreign policy background to elevate America's reputation on the global stage, boasting of a mature and seasoned approach, as Fox News explained.

However, after more than two years in the White House, there is widespread disapproval regarding Biden's actions on the foreign front.

Americans' Perception of Biden's Foreign Policy

According to a 2022 Quinnipiac poll, only 35% of Americans approved of Biden's foreign policy, while a striking 54% disapprove.

A notable hiccup was a March 2021 summit with Chinese officials that also included Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

This summit, which was intended to address various pressing issues including trade, human rights, and rising military tensions in the South China Sea, took a turn for the worse.

Ian Bremmer, a noted geopolitical analyst from the Eurasia Group, remarked the Anchorage meeting between the U.S. and China under the Biden administration was not optimally managed. He observed confrontational attitudes from both sides, leading to heightened tensions.

This contentious atmosphere hinted at a deteriorating relationship between Washington and Beijing, which was further exacerbated when China provocatively sent multiple warplanes toward Taiwan.

The Afghanistan Dilemma

Kori Schake, the director of foreign and defense policy at the American Enterprise Institute, believes that Biden's initial year in office was relatively unchallenging in terms of foreign policy.

However, the biggest pitfalls stemmed from the president's own misjudgments. The most glaring example of this was the hasty U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, leading to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.

After the withdrawal, Afghanistan still grapples with the impending threat of mass starvation and a tottering economy a mere few months after the turbulent U.S. military exit.

The anguish on the ground is palpable. World Food Program spokesperson Shelley Thakral expressed her deep concerns about the deteriorating situation, noting many Afghans' rapid descent into despair.

Moreover, NATO allies, who were optimistic about Biden's collaborative approach, felt betrayed by the sudden U.S. exit strategy.

The move raised eyebrows in the Gulf, prompting many nations to reassess their trust in the U.S. as a dependable ally.

Additional Foreign Policy Challenges

France, a longstanding American ally, also expressed its dismay when the Biden administration unexpectedly brokered a nuclear submarine deal with Australia, undermining a previously established agreement between France and Australia.

The negotiations between America and Russia also did not yield the anticipated outcomes, especially as Russia initiated an attack on Ukraine and overlooked key European security issues.

Similarly, the Biden administration has not adequately addressed concerns surrounding North Korea's missile tests and Iran's backing of Shia militias. As the Biden administration moves forward, it is evident that foreign policy challenges at the White House are mounting.