Biden dogged by foreign policy disasters as pivotal UN speech looms

Ahead of his prestigious address to the United Nations General Assembly, the US president has a credibility problem following a succession of disasters in Afghanistan

Joe Biden: the US president has been beset by setbacks in US foreign policy in recent weeks. Picture: Getty

On Tuesday, Joe Biden will deliver his first speech as US president to the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It could have been an auspicious moment.

Biden has been touting his credentials as a statesman for much of his past half-century in Washington DC. He views his presidency as an opportunity to restate the US’s commitment to international institutions and treaties, restore friendships with traditional allies, and reboot the US’s standing as a world ...