Trump sought to channel growing public mistrust of endless military conflict in the Middle East, most notably by sparking discussions about a complete withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. The ruling angered many Republicans caught between their aggressive roots and the emerging isolationist streak of a then-president who promised to reduce U.S. involvement abroad but largely failed to deliver. With Biden withdrawing his troops, the GOP is rediscovering its traditional position in global affairs and peppering the president with disdain.
“To my Republican friends, if 10 angels came from above swearing that the president’s decision on Afghanistan was the right one, they would say the angels were lying,” quipped Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Menendez (DN. J.).
sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said of the GOP’s decision to criticize Biden for a withdrawal move Trump had embraced: “I just don’t think it should be shocking that Republicans are one of the president’s most visible foreign presidents.” to criticize. policy priorities.”
With nearly all Republicans united in opposition to Biden’s decision in Afghanistan, the party supports a common message in the Biden era: to portray the president’s foreign stance as weak and motivated by liberal ideology.
“Our reckless haste for the exits is becoming a global disgrace,” Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday, pointing to the Taliban’s swift victories in the country that coincided with the US exit. “[Biden is] ignoring the truth unfolding before our very eyes: Afghanistan is unraveling.”
Many of Biden’s moves allow potential 2024 presidential rivals to carve their own foreign policy paths. Democrats argue that the political maneuvers make Biden’s job more difficult as he tries to deal with diplomatic crises in challenging parts of the world.
“Ted Cruz makes it very difficult for him,” Murphy said bluntly of the Republican senator from Texas. “Ted Cruz is currently holding back every State Department nominee, so the Republican strategy is to try and make it as difficult as possible for President Biden to manage crises around the world.”
Cruz, widely regarded as a possible candidate in the next presidential cycle, has held up Biden’s nominees for key national security positions. He says it is an effort to encourage the government to fully implement congressional sanctions on Russia’s controversial natural gas pipeline to Germany, known as Nord Stream II.
“It would be very easy for Biden to get me to lift the holds. He just needs to follow the law and impose the sanctions overwhelmingly passed by Congress,” Cruz said in a brief interview. “Joe Biden has decided that his priority in foreign policy is to give” [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is a billion dollar gift that I think is a geopolitical blunder of generations.”
Biden has refused to fully impose those sanctions — which could have crippled the pipeline — as the German government pushes for completion. The president has said he wants to patch up US alliances with European allies such as Germany, which have suffered under Trump.
“What Biden is doing is essentially what he said he was going to do as a candidate, and I think the American people appreciate that. His main focus has been restoring these deeply broken relationships,” Senator Chris Van Hollen said. D-Md.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Biden’s approach.
“I’ll put it this way,” he added, “I think President Biden did a good job with the hand he was given.”
Closer to home, Haiti is reeling from the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, last week; and in Cuba, pro-democracy protests have erupted across the island amid the regime’s harsh repression and its passivity to Covid-19 vaccines.
The US has sent a small contingent of additional security forces to Haiti to protect the US embassy in the wake of Moise’s murder, according to an official familiar with the case. But Biden seems hesitant to heed the Haitian authorities’ request to send US troops into the country to help stabilize the government, even though the White House nominally keeps the option open.
Biden made a statement earlier this week supporting the Cuban people but has stopped renewing a US policy toward Cuba that has largely failed over the past five decades. Republicans fired political shots at Biden over Cuba — with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) calling his stance “pathetically weak” — but stopped trying to blame the unforeseen disaster in Haiti on the new president.
“Neither Cuba nor Haiti is his fault,” admitted Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), just hours after his staff met White House officials to discuss possible options to prevent further bloodshed and a full-scale civil war.
The question becomes what happens when we stand on the brink of this unparalleled carnage in our hemisphere, 90 miles from our coast. And what that would mean morally and what it would mean geopolitically, what it would mean from an instability and mass migration perspective,” Rubio added.
Intervening crises such as those in Cuba and Haiti are of the kind that have defined entire White House presidencies and foreign policy doctrines. And like any other commander in chief, Biden faces double pressure from Congress and their constituents at home.
“We are at a turning point in our country’s history. Our constituents are seeing some fundamental shifts when it comes to our foreign policy,” Indiana Sen. Todd Young, an emerging GOP voice on foreign policy, said in an interview.
“As he seeks support from members of Congress and the American people for his actions, he will find that his policies are sustainable in our form of government,” Young added. “Where he tries to go it alone, he will find that those policies are unpopular with the American people and ultimately unsustainable. Because in America the people rule.”
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