America’s ill-fated Afghanistan mission ended in an ironic fashion. Taliban was not only back in Kabul, it coordinated with the US military to protect Kabul airport.
This end may catalyse many engaging essays but what should be worrisome to many of America’s allies and friends is the shift within the US strategic community. President Joe Biden will be held responsible for the botched exit from Afghanistan.
But his overall approach isn’t unique. He is the third successive US president who is withdrawing troops from overseas battles. One of the three presidents, Donald Trump, even tried to pull off a nuclear deal with North Korea that left both Japan and South Korea, two allies that have been able to focus on economic advancement under the US nuclear umbrella, unsure about the end game.
The Afghanistan pullout is only going to add ballast to strategic analysts based in allied countries who have long been sceptical of US willingness to back its commitment with action. If allies conclude that the US security umbrella is fraying, the world is in for adjustments in both defence spending and alliances. This could be the beginning of significant shifts in defence alliances across continents.
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