Biden’s Anglophobia is now a threat to the West

The president would apparently rather see an EU Nato power grab than let a Briton run the alliance.

Con Coughlin

6 July 2023 •

Joe Biden, the US president, makes little effort to conceal his visceral animosity towards the UK, as was evident from his insulting behaviour in Ireland when marking the anniversary of the Good Friday Accords and his no-show at the Coronation. The idea, though, that he is prepared to block Ben Wallace’s perfectly respectable bid to become Nato’s next secretary-general in favour of appointing Ursula von der Leyen, the underwhelming president of the European Commission, takes his Anglophobia to an entirely new level, one where he seems intent on committing a grievous act of self-harm.

Von der Leyen has hardly covered herself in glory during her Brussels stint. Her incompetence was brutally exposed in her handling of the pandemic in 2020 when, after reportedly taking “personal charge” of the EU’s response, she oversaw the implementation of a vaccination programme that lagged well behind much of the rest of the world. Similarly, her inability to provide strong and effective leadership has been evident in her response to the Ukraine conflict, where she has failed to give a precise timetable for Kyiv’s long-term ambitions to join the European Union.

Her failings in Brussels, though, are modest by comparison with her  record as Germany’s defence minister between 2013-19. It was during this period, when Angela Merkel was chancellor, that Berlin almost seemed to take pride in the fact that it consistently failed to meet the minimum Nato spending requirement of 2 per cent of GDP.

With Germany’s close energy and trade ties with Moscow, Merkel and Von der Leyen apparently convinced themselves that Vladimir Putin posed no serious threat to European security, so there was no need to waste money on expensive military kit.

This resulted in the Bundeswehr becoming the laughing stock of Nato. When on exercise, its soldiers had to resort to using their own mobile phones because the military communications kit lacked proper encryption. The army’s standard-issue assault rifles were unable to shoot straight in high temperatures and, at one point, equipment shortages became so acute that soldiers were forced to conduct military exercises with broomsticks instead of guns.

Her track record at the German defence ministry makes Von der Leyen’s subsequent appointment as Brussels supremo all the more remarkable, even though it later emerged she got the job because the European Council simply wanted a weak commission leader who would be amenable to its demands.
Making her Nato secretary-general, though, at a time when the alliance is facing the greatest challenge in its 74-year history with the war in Ukraine, would be a promotion too far for someone with such an undistinguished career.

The fact, moreover, that the Biden administration could even contemplate such an inappropriate appointment demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding at the White House of the major challenges Nato faces if it is to preserve Western security.

One of the key pillars that enabled Nato to maintain peace in Europe is the transatlantic alliance, where the US and Europe have worked in tandem to provide an effective military deterrent to any potential aggressor.

Washington’s dominant role in the alliance, particularly in the military sphere, has long been resented by European elites who would prefer the EU to develop its own defence capabilities. 

For example, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has made no secret of his desire to create what he calls a “true European Army” to protect its interests.

Appointing Von der Leyen to run Nato would not only place the West’s defence in the hands of a lightweight politician with questionable credentials: it would open the way for Euro-zealots to fulfil their dream of having a defence force focused on defending European interests at the expense of the wider Western alliance.

If the Biden administration was really interested in maintaining the strength and effectiveness of the Western alliance, it would understand that maintaining the distinction between Nato and the EU was paramount.

Yet, such is Biden’s antipathy towards Britain, that he seems willing to ignore this important distinction simply because he cannot tolerate the notion of a British defence secretary getting the position.

Fortunately, the prospect of an EU takeover of Nato has been averted for the immediate future, as Nato leaders have agreed to give a one-year extension to Jens Stoltenberg, the former Norwegian prime minister who has done sterling work encouraging member states to display a united front in confronting Russian aggression.

Norway, of course, enjoys Nato membership, but is not a part of the EU, a fact that will have helped Stoltenberg to keep his distance from Brussels’ efforts to increase its influence over the alliance.

When choosing the next Nato leader, therefore, alliance leaders should avoid picking a representative of Brussels’ ruling elite, and instead look for a candidate from somewhere like Poland or the Baltic states who can be guaranteed to safeguard the alliance’s independence from an EU power grab.


  1. “Appointing Von der Leyen to run Nato would not only place the West’s defence in the hands of a lightweight politician with questionable credentials: it would open the way for Euro-zealots to fulfil their dream of having a defence force focused on defending European interests at the expense of the wider Western alliance.”

    Lightweight? Too kind!
    Btw, ironically Biden is a “plastic Paddy”; an Anglo who happens to have an IRA skank grandmother.
    The writer; Con Coughlin, on the other hand, actually is Irish. A bloody good bloke too.

    • Anglo? Joe looks more like a spaghetti ass. I hope the EU bitch will be vetoed by Poland or Canada. She belongs in a circus, not Nato.

    • Damn, aren’t you a little obsessed with the IRA?
      I think 50% of your comments at least mention it once even though the IRA is virtually dead.

      The Times said that the suggestion that Biden went for Von der Leyen is false.

      I don’t think Biden is anti-British, I think he wants the new leader to be from the EU as it makes coordination easier and Wallace is kind of a hawk which will not be perceived well in Germany and France.

      Don’t get me wrong, if they asked me I would go vote for Wallace or an ex president of one of the Baltic countries.

      It was Biden whom introduced the AUKUS defence pact.

      Also I don’t see what scandalous he said about the Good Friday Agreement, but maybe I missed something.

      • Bert thanks for the comment and also the attached article. My only comment to your comment is that I frankly just don’t trust the pin head. He is a politician who has no discernible basic principles upon which he views the world and that one can feel either that he knows what he’s doing or that we know where we will end up with his policies as they seem to be ever changing without rhyme or reason. In this regard he’s as dangerous as Trump.

      • Not obsessed no. I just hate terror gangs that murder children.
        Now do you get it you wanker?

        • I recall a bomb exploding in London while i spent some time there. Not sure if it was a litterbox or something that was blown up, but i recall i had an uncomfortable feeling walking the streets for a while. Terror against civilians is unacceptable, period. Bert is an idiot and i think he knows it.

        • I don’t like the IRA, but I think you are relating a lot of things to the ITA throughout your posts.

          I have even lived in Northern Ireland, so I have heard quite a lot of stories of horrible things that happened during the Troubles (from both sides, I must say mostly Catholics but that was by chance).

          Myself I tried to avoid the topic at all costs, but Northern Irish people manage to, just like you, raise the topic, even when it is unrelated.

          My housemate started crying every time someone even indirectly mentioned it.

          But you are making it bigger than it is, as not even most Catholics are sympathetic towards the IRA and most people in the Republic of Ireland are mostly indifferent.

          I think everyone with just a little bit of sanity hates terrorists.

          But somehow connecting Joe Biden to the IRA is as connecting Zelensky with shelling the Gaza strip just because he happens to be a jew.

          And if you want my opinion on Northern Ireland: I am mostly a unionist, not because a support any side but I like Northern Ireland as it is. It is a nice place with friendly people, so why change it?

          The only thing they should change is cash, as Northern Irish bank notes cannot be used in England, which is ridiculous as they are both pounds.

          Oh, and the water taps.
          You are either burning your hands or having your hands frozen, why is there a separate tap for warm and cold water?

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