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