I am curious to see how the France ruckus will pan out. I suspect there was more to it than just what is being presented. Ultimately of course this was Australia's choice and decision.
Another nail in NATO's coffin is my prediction.
Well France would know a lot more about that, loved to have been a fly on the wall with the senior French military and intel people when de Gaulle did his 1966 hissy fit, access to the combined intelligence content from what were close allies already prepared to share? Gone. Influence in planning. Gone. Still, for all that, the US provided assistance with the French first generation SLBMs, in navigation systems, then the comms systems for them, UK PM Wilson, admittedly to steal a march on his Tory rival Ted Heath in getting the UK in the EEC in 1967, covertly aided France on their H Bomb program, which up to that point was taking over twice as long as China in going from A to H bomb. Even after that, we still got screwed by de Gaulle.
To think that he only ever retained his position as leader of the Free French in WW2, which set him up for his eventual ascendency to become President due to Churchill, despite all the insults, paranoia about ‘Anglo plots’, general bad behavior, which so exasperated the Americans they pushed hard to replace with some Admiral. Despite getting by far the worst of de Gaulle the British PM insisted he stay in place, as unlike other candidates, he did not have a collaborationist bone in his body.
The US even bankrolled France’s hopeless attempts to hang on to their Indo-China colonies.
Unsurprisingly as soon as de Gaulle was out of power then in the ground, a slow reversal of his policies in this area over decades began.
(There was also the attempt, on a state visit to Canada in 1966, when he tried to ferment a separatist movement in Canada, ‘Quebec Libre!’ he the guest proclaimed, the Canadian PM retorted that Quebec IS free, as is Canada, as is France, due in part to the thousands of French and Anglo Canadians who died fighting there.)
He was basically, a piece of work.
To say as some leading French politicians have in the wake of this deal, that Biden is acting like Trump is absurd, for a start neither the US or UK went touting to ‘do a deal’ like that clown pretended to to on ‘reality tv’ and then the White House, the Australians went to the US and UK to extricate themselves from this deal with France which raised concerns from its being signed several years ago. And was looking less attractive. Plus why the French not offer a nuclear boat, which this design is based on after all?
As stated, this came as a surprise, the most experienced and well connected reporters and maritime and naval specialists did not see this coming.