The Sub “Buga-Boo”

Since taking office Pres. Biden (I did not vote for him or the other guy) there have been a couple of major missteps in American foreign policy…..first misstep was the withdrawal from Afghanistan…..the the next was the nuclear sub for Australia….to which France got a bad case of ‘butt hurt’…..

As most people that visit here know that I am a foreign policy fanatic…..so when visiting a fiend’s blog, Doug at The Independent Knight, I read his post on the mash-up between France’s Macron and Biden over a sub for Australia…..

 
(Visit Doug’s site when you can….very interesting reading)
 
For those that did not know the extent of the mash-up with France…..here is a bit of background for clarity….
 
 
So after all the hoopla Biden has come to the conclusion that he may have pissed in his chili….and now he is trying to make nice….
The US and France moved toward making up Wednesday, after Presidents Biden and Emmanuel Macron spoke on the phone, but the nations suggested they have a lot of work ahead to rebuild shattered trust. It was the first time the two had spoken since Biden announced a new security alliance with the UK and Australia and France expressed its anger at being surprised by the news and left out of the deal. In the language of diplomacy, ABC reports, the US and France issued a joint statement after the phone call saying, “The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefited from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners.”

The statement added, “President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard.” France had pointed out last week that that sort of consultation is supposed to be routine among allies. French officials had also warned that their anger would not be fleeting, and all indications are that the rift is not yet healed. Biden and Macron plan to meet in Europe at the end of next month, possibly around the G20 summit in Italy. But they might also meet somewhere else, per the New York Times, to show they’re working on this. France has recalled its ambassador to the US but said Wednesday that Philippe Étienne will return to Washington next week.

He’ll be busy, officials from both administrations said, starting “intensive work with senior U.S, officials.” The presidents will lead the way themselves through “a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence.” The official record shows no mention of an apology, but a French official said “consultations that should have taken place did not,” which he said “poses a question of confidence whose consequences must be reviewed together.” The chastening seems to indicate both sides consider the matter important, per CNN. Macron is up for reelection in about six months.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, has said the Biden administration’s move reminded him of something former President Trump might do, and he wasn’t alone on that point. A Le Monde editorial said, “For any who still doubted it, the Biden administration is no different from the Trump administration on this point: The United States comes first.” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday that he planned to avoid Macron at the UN this week, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mocked France’s concern in two languages. “I just think it’s time for some of my dearest friends around the world to prenez un grip about this and donnez moi un break,” Johnson said in Washington.

I see Macron got over being ‘butt hurt’…..Apparently this was just a news making event for Macron…..a political ploy since his numbers are not as good as he wants.

As a foreign policy wonk I am not very impressed with the Biden admin…..they are still spread weapons around the world like peanut butter…humanitarian crises are still running rampant…..and the beginnings of a new Cold War….nothing very impressive whatsoever.

Biden has learned nothing from his many decades in government employ…he is nothing but another warmonger in peace-nik clothing.

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9 thoughts on “The Sub “Buga-Boo”

  1. Macron is collapsing in the polls, and looking to be seen as a ‘strong man’ to keep the votes of the Centrists and the Right. The French actually play very little part in military matters around the world, and their contribution since WW2 has been mainly in their own regions of interest.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Just what I thought…..Biden should have known better after 40myears of foreign policy experience…..or maybe it was to help Macron in the polls. chuq

  2. Yeah.. sudden Macron’s “new” bury-the-hatchet stance here makes me a tad suspicious that this wasn’t all a greater plan.

    (Thanks for the kind words, old chum!)

    Pete.. I’m still ticked that De Gaulle kicked our military presence outta France.

    “In 1966 due to souring relations between Washington and Paris because of the refusal to integrate France’s nuclear deterrent with other North Atlantic powers, or accept any collective form of control over its armed forces, the French president Charles de Gaulle downgraded France’s membership in NATO and withdrew France.”

  3. We both serve a purpose in our declining years. Imagine if the both of us were 30 years younger and knew what we know now. Imagine the intellectual asses we would have kicked, the windmills we could have jousted, the damsels we could have saved. Pete could write stories for the ages of our accomplishments. Ah, yes.

    [Pass me another beer.]

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