Slabi časi za Bidena

Dober povzetek začetka Bidenovih težav. Bloomberg:

Suddenly, it all seems to be going wrong for Joe Biden.

Instead of the “summer of freedom” he promised pandemic-weary Americans in June, the U.S. is being ravaged by a surge in Covid-19 infections, fueled by the delta variant and continued vaccine skepticism, particularly in rural areas.

The president’s economic agenda faces an uncertain fate in the House amid a revolt from moderate Democrats demanding quicker action on a bipartisan infrastructure package, and a partisan showdown over raising the federal borrowing limit looms large in September.

Biden’s plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by having secured an end to America’s longest war are now certain to be overshadowed by an unfolding foreign policy disaster and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Desperate scenes played out at Kabul’s international airport today as thousands rushed to exit Afghanistan after Taliban leaders took control of the capital, with reports saying at least five people were killed.

Just last month, Biden defended his decision to follow through on the Afghanistan military pullout agreed to by his predecessor, Donald Trump, calling it “highly unlikely” that “there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country.”

It’s now clear how wrong that prediction was.

As Nick Wadhams writes, the miscalculation amounts to a spiraling political calamity — at home and abroad — for a president who had vowed to be a sure-handed steward of U.S. foreign policy, an error that’s likely to be a stain on Biden’s legacy no matter what happens now.

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