Stephen Collins: Irish delusions about our place in the world have taken a hit

We have a seat on the security council but Kabul exit shows we can’t look after our own

The Americans resisted British pressure to extend the timeframe for US withdrawal from Kabul airport. Photograph: Getty

The Americans resisted British pressure to extend the timeframe for US withdrawal from Kabul airport. Photograph: Getty

The United Kingdom has been taught a painful lesson about its diminished place in the world by the debacle in Afghanistan, but that should not prompt too much gloating in this country as Ireland’s notions of international reach have been cruelly exposed by events in Kabul.

It is clear that rage in the UK at US president Joe Biden, fuelled by the Tory press, has probably more to do with the president’s decision to ignore British views about the timetable for withdrawal than it has with the plight of the Afghan people. Salt was rubbed into the wound for British prime minister Boris Johnson by his ill-fated convening of a G7 summit designed to pressure Biden into extending the time frame for US withdrawal from Kabul airport.

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