U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend the G-7 summit in Carbis Bay, England, on June 11. WPA Pool photo courtesy Foreign Policy
The Afghanistan withdrawal has made Britain’s abject position in the so-called “special relationship” with Washington humiliatingly apparent, writes Buruma in Foreign Policy
. “The United States is being accused by some critics of no longer being a serious power after its latest debacle abroad. But Britain is in an even worse position, because its claim to high international status has rested heavily on the special relationship since World War Two.” Ian Buruma is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College.