EXCLUSIVE: A member of the British Parliament asked how President Biden would reassure the world that the United States will honor its international commitments to its allies after the troops withdraw from Afghanistan and said he should be worried about how his opponents now perceive America.
“The only question to ask him now is what are you going to do next?” Conservative Party MP Tom Tugendhat said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “What are you going to do to make sure that the alliance is understood for what it is, that is, based on trust, on values and on the belief that we all know we are in the same boat? “
“There are a lot of people in the world looking at us right now, looking at the UK, looking at NATO, looking at the US, of course, and wondering what a commitment means if you’ve spent $ 2 trillion. dollars, if you’ve lost, in your case, nearly 2,500 American troops… and you still pull out overnight, ”Tugendhat, who served a decade in the British military, told Fox News. “What does this leave as a legacy for others?”
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Tugendhat went viral last week after expressing his frustration in the House of Commons over the troop withdrawal.
“It doesn’t have to be a loss, but right now it really feels like it,” Tugendhat said at the time. “See [the U.S.’] Commander-in-Chief calls into question the courage of the men with whom I fought, to claim that they ran, it is shameful. “
Since the troop withdrawal, Biden has repeatedly criticized the Afghan army for the almost immediate sweep of the Taliban across the country and into Kabul, saying the national army has given up.
Tugendhat refused Biden’s request.
“I think it’s essential that we recognize that the Afghan army fought, and it fought extremely hard,” he told Fox News. “He was betrayed by his leaders and, unfortunately, he was abandoned by his allies.”
Biden also said last week that he had “seen no questioning of our credibility from our allies around the world” after the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which drew comparisons to the debacle that s ‘took place in 1975 after the withdrawal of the United States from Saigon.
Tugendhat, who chairs the select committee on foreign affairs, said he was more concerned about how adversaries exploit the ensuing chaos in Afghanistan.
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“It doesn’t matter what we think of ourselves, it doesn’t matter what our enemies think of us,” he told Fox News.
“The Chinese government is currently carrying out propaganda in Taiwan claiming that the United States is no longer a strong partner,” Tugendhat said. “If you look at the kind of message we see from al-Shabab in Kenya… they say it shows the United States can be beaten.”
“The reality is that what we were trying to build in Afghanistan was peace forever, but it took a commitment and unfortunately we withdrew that commitment,” he continued.
Tugendhat also asked what Biden would do to help ease the rush of Afghan refugees expected to flood Europe as they seek to escape the Taliban.
“What are you going to do for the refugees? said Tugendhat. “What are you going to do for those who seek refuge in the world?
Europe faced a flashpoint in 2015 as Syrian refugees poured into the continent, leading its leaders to be less welcoming in the wake of the looming crisis in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has pledged to accept 5,000 Afghan refugees in the UK
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