The United States and Great Britain have enjoyed an alliance since World War I, but President Joe Biden’s failure to coordinate his Afghanistan withdrawal with allies like the U.K. has devastated America’s overseas reputation, argues Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage.
Farage joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday with the latest on how America’s diplomatic relations with its allies may look for the rest of Biden’s presidency, and perhaps much further into the foreseeable future.
“You know, I’ve spent 40 years working for American companies and businesses, being allies, politically, with Donald Trump and many friends of the Republican Party. There’s nobody this side of the pond who is more pro-American, more pro-respectful relationship than I am,” Farage told Glenn. “And it hurts me to say this, but for Biden to unconditionally withdraw from the military mission after 20 years, without any planning or any foresight as to how we get our nationals out in the case of a Taliban advance, and to do it without even consulting the British prime minister, and refusing to answer his phone call for almost 48 hours, sends a message to us. And the message is, we cannot trust America.
“Despite being our closest partner for over 100 years, we cannot trust America with this man in charge. And it’s a sad realization, but it’s true. And I think it’s even further than the relationship with the UK and the USA. I think NATO, frankly, ceases to function. So the damage that Biden has done to America’s international reputation could not be greater,” he added.
Glenn and Farage also agreed that, while the corporate media accused former President Donald Trump of wrecking the NATO alliance, Nigel explained why it’s Biden who has truly thrown that relationship into turmoil.
“The way the international mainstream media wanted to portray the Trump movement, just as they did with the Brexit movement, [was] ‘Trump is going to destroy NATO.’ No, no, no, what Trump did, he turned up at the NATO HQ of Brussels and said … that we cannot go on with a NATO where major countries like Germany are only paying half the membership fee,” Farage explained. “The NATO rules are actually very fair. Regardless of the size of a country, you must spend 2% of GDP on defense. And the Germans were spending one [percent.]. So actually, in many ways, what Trump was doing was trying to make NATO fair. But it was willfully, willfully misportrayed.
“What Biden has done, is to say, ‘Look, we’re the big guys in NATO. But, hey, we just do stuff without consulting, despite the fact that you, too, have had many hundreds of people killed in Afghanistan, and put big money into Afghanistan. But without even the compliment of a conversation, we’ve decided that, effectively, the NATO mission is over.’ So, yeah, the special relationship with Britain is completely in tatters. NATO, I’m not even sure it could possibly survive what it’s just gone through,” he continued.
“And, of course, when you look at those photographs today, of Taliban soldiers now dressed in American military equipment with $85 billion worth of U.S. military hardware now in the hands of these people, with the giant lithium reserves that exist in Afghanistan now completely open to exploitation with Communist China, and warnings coming in the UK today that our terrorism threat is now going up directly as a result of what has happened in Afghanistan … believe me, Glenn, this is on every level a disaster.”
Watch the video clip below to catch more of the conversation:
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