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Sub Snub: Lafayette Would Have Lamented Such a Huge Strategic Misstep

realcleardefense.com
 24 days ago

Cover picture for the articleIn itself, the recent AUKUS announcement by the Biden Administration was a positive step forward in advancing our competitive advantage in the Indo-Pacific. Subsequent developments were not. Australia’s response was to cancel a $43 billion contract with France for diesel submarines, prompting outrage and the recall of French ambassadors in the U.S. and Australia. This was the first time in our alliance with France, dating back to 1778 that an ambassador was recalled to Paris. The question is not, “Was the deal worth alienating our oldest ally?” Rather, “Why did the U.S. not seek to avert such a huge strategic misstep?”

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