As he completes his first year in office, it is a harsh but fair assessment, supported by our data, that President Biden is on track to extend his dismal four-decade-long foreign policy track record. Even though there have been a few isolated positive events, they are the exception rather than the rule, and there is no way to sugarcoat his disastrous performance.
In his memoir published in 2019, Robert Gates, who served as Defense Secretary during the Obama administration, succinctly summarized Biden's foreign policy credentials, stating that he has "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades."
President Biden's botched troop withdrawal from Afghanistan telegraphed his foreign policy weakness worldwide. Ironically, to claim credit for the troop withdrawal on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he hastened the process and made an unforced error.
The defining debacle has emboldened America's adversaries, who are likely to test the U.S. and its allies in 2022 and will continue to do so during President Biden's tenure.
Under President Biden's leadership, our Standing In The World Index has taken a beating in the past year.