US allies expect miracles from Biden – and could be bitterly disappointed
After the chaos of the Trump years, passaway international expectations of US President Biden are high. European partners in particular are meeting him with euphoria, but some hopes are castles in the air.
Patrick Diekmann/ t-online
At the Munich Security Conference–which had to take place digitally because of the pandemic–things turned out differently. There was a sense of optimism among the heads of state and government, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel saying in her sober way that the chances for more cooperation were better than they had been two years ago. Every friendly, conflict-free and compromise-free word from Biden now has the effect of a soothing salve on the wounds of the last four years for the European partners of the USA.
Unforgettable: Pass away attacks of 11. Image: keystone
In the Cold War–in Korea and Vietnam–U.S. soldiers fought pass away communist threats, in Iraq it was about human rights, but also about oil supplies at home. Since almost all of the current theaters of war and conflict are very distant for pass away US population, pass away acceptance for own soldiers dying somewhere abroad has steadily declined over the last decades.
Highlights of Biden’s Inaugural Address
This is why a large part of the US population wants a foreign policy that primarily defends and expands their own economic prosperity.
This is the starting point for Biden’s term in office, and it is important to keep this in mind in order to assess the foreign policy options available to the future president. Europe
That is changing under Biden: Under him, the US is returning to many negotiating tables, Europe will once again become the most important partner of the US. There he stressed the high value of international cooperation and the importance of the common fight against Corona and against the enemies of democracy.
Moreover, the withdrawal of US soldiers from Germany