As chaos unfolded in Afghanistan over the last week, President Joe Biden reportedly left America’s greatest ally and leading partner in the region in the dark.
According to fresh reports from the Times and the Telegraph this week, the United Kingdom — despite having suffered the second most casualties in the Afghanistan war — had very little input regarding Biden’s decision to withdraw from the region and was put on hold after the situation unraveled.
The abject failure of communication has allegedly sparked outrage among British lawmakers, who in recent days have taken to reminding the U.S. president that the war in Afghanistan was not a solo campaign, but a NATO effort.
What are the details?
In the Times report published Thursday, political editor Steven Swinford stated that “senior military commanders have also not been party to key discussions between the U.S. and the Taliban, so were left in the dark about when they could be forced to pull out.”
That report was later confirmed by Politico London, which cited an unnamed British official who claimed “the U.S. did not communicate to the U.K. how it planned to withdraw nor the pace of its withdrawal,” a decision which has fueled anger within the British government.
But the Biden administration didn’t just cut the U.K. out of talks prior to the wholesale troop withdrawal. As things grew more dire, Biden reportedly ghosted U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson for more than 36 hours, as well.
According to the Telegraph, “Johnson had been attempting to get Biden on the phone to discuss Kabul falling from Monday morning. The pair eventually talked at close to 10 p.m. on Tuesday.”
The reports were highlighted in Tuesday’s edition of Politico London’s Playbook newsletter. In the newsletter, editor Alex Wickham called Biden’s failure to communicate nothing short of “astonishing.”
Two remarkable lines in today’s papers from @Steven_Swinford @benrileysmith— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) August 19, 2021
— UK military left in the dark by the US about timings and pace of their withdrawal… UK official confirms this is the case
— Biden ignored Boris Johnson’s attempts to speak on the phone for 36+ hours pic.twitter.com/HSBqBhfeGh
Biden’s chaotic and hasty departure from Afghanistan has not gone over well across the pond. The New York Times reported Wednesday that the president’s actions have “left British officials embarrassed and embittered.”
“He hasn’t just humiliated America’s Afghan allies,” Rory Stewart, a former British cabinet minister with lengthy experience in…
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Original article posted by Phil Shiver at Blaze Media. Title altered by Montana Daily Gazette.