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Welsh MP who nominated Joe Biden for Nobel Peace Prize accuses him of ‘shameful comments’

28 Aug 2021 3 minutes Read
Joe Biden picture by Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0). Chris Bryant (right) by Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0).

A Welsh Labour MP who nominated Joe Biden for the Nobel Peace Prize in September of last year has now accused the US President of “the most shameful comments ever from an American president”.

Rhondda’r Chris Bryant announced last year, on the eve of Joe Biden’s debate against Donald Trump, that the future President deserved the prize because “when others have resorted to violent solutions, he has argued that the best force is the force of argument”.

“Because guns can stop a heart but well-placed words can change many hearts, and many hearts can change a world,” he added.

However, Chris Bryant said that he was distraught by the US and UK withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying in the House of Commons that he felt “more ashamed than I can remember in any foreign policy debate in my twenty years in this house”.

“It’s been the most sudden and catastrophic collapse of a foreign and military policy objective of the United Kingdom since Suez,” he said.

“I’m ashamed that we never said to the United States of America last year, or this year, hang on, stop, think, put in place a proper plan before you go ahead with this.

“Our silence now has effectively enabled Biden to get away with some of the most shameful comments ever from an American president.”

‘Courage’

Days of chaotic evacuations of citizens from the capital Kabul, followed by Thursday’s bombing which killed at least 60 civilians and 12 service members, have led to harsh criticism of Joe Biden’s means of ending the war in Afghanistan.

A mass airlift has been underway from Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the capital, Kabul, with unexpected speed. A deadline of 31 August in place for foreign troops to leave the country.

The UK’s final evacuation flight purely for civilians has already left Kabul, the Ministry of Defence has said, but hundreds of Afghans eligible to come to the UK remain in Afghanistan.

Joe Biden responded to the Kabul bombing by saying that he would not be deterred by terrorists and would continue the evacuation.

“I have the utmost confidence in our brave service members who continue to execute this mission with courage and honour to save lives and get Americans, our partners, our Afghan allies out of Afghanistan,” he said.

Peace Prize nominations can be made by members of government and international courts of law, university chancellors, professors of social sciences, leaders of peace research institutes and institutes of foreign affairs. Nominations closed on 31 January 2021 and the winner is due to be announced on 8 October.

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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
28 days ago

Bryant really is a Clown, isn’t he!?!

CJPh
CJPh
28 days ago

Iesu wen tragwyddol, the people of the Rhondda deserve better.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
28 days ago

I was a supporter of Biden, well anyone but that orange lard arsed baboon Trump, but his actions recently including his attitude towards the family whose son was killed by that coward Anne Sacoolas was disgusting, baring in mind, he had a wife & daughter killed by a hit & run drunk driver. So naively thought he would show empathy and give the family justice denied. Okay, back to Chris Bryant. Isn’t this the same Chris Bryant, a former “Church of England” clergyman, yeah says everything about this Anglophile from Cardiff, who posed in his pants on a seedy Gay… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Y Cymro
Bedwyr
Bedwyr
28 days ago

Chris Mr Expenses Bryant Pointing the finger… the hypocrisy

Grayham jones
28 days ago

It’s topical of Chris
more interesting in world politics instead of fighting for the Rhondda it’s time to kick him out of the Rhondda

Dr Keith W Darlington
Dr Keith W Darlington
28 days ago

Hypocritical nonsense from Mr. Bryant. He was one of Blair’s most sycophantic supporters of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and whilst there was a strong case for intervention in the latter following 9/11 very few believed that the Iraq war was necessary. But the intervention in Iraq led to failure in Afghanistan because they had the Taliban on the run in 2002. So much so that military strategists believed, at the time, that success was inevitable and the Taliban could have been destroyed. But by starting the Iraq war in 2003, Blair and Bush took their eye off the… Read more »

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
28 days ago

Time and time again those on the uk left show how much they love war

j humphrys
j humphrys
28 days ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

Blair had a war going on throughout his No 10 residency. He was defeated by a Tory war monger at his first election, and never forgot the lesson. Brits support war candidates.
What can one say?

Quornby
Quornby
28 days ago

Shame? Bryant has no shame. Named dropping in the US now.

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