Obama ambassador to Afghanistan: “I think it is damning for [Biden] to have created this situation in his first significant action as commander in chief”
The shameful Biden-created cluster in Afghanistan is such a tremendous blunder that it caught some in the media off-guard. For example, CNN’s Jake Tapper was caught doing actual journalisming on the air . . . for all five of CNN’s remaining viewers.
In fact, despite the Biden administration’s and war-mongering neo-cons like Liz Let’s find a country to bomb Cheney’s attempts to blame President Trump, there is a surprising (to me) consensus that Biden really stepped in it here.
As noted in the Wall Street Journal, Biden’s first major decision as commander in chief is “damning” and “an unforced error.”
Some former officials, however, say Mr. Biden’s troop withdrawal was a blunder and that the fallout could have lasting repercussions. The cratering security, which has put the Biden administration in a race to evacuate thousands of Afghan allies, may threaten the rights of women and could provide terrorist groups with an opportunity to move into Afghanistan’s ungoverned spaces.
“I think it is damning for him to have created this situation in his first significant action as commander in chief,” said Ryan Crocker, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan during the Obama administration and has worked under Democratic as well as Republican presidents. “It’s an unforced error, and as an American I am deeply concerned.”
The buck stops on Biden’s desk, he’s commander in chief, he approved the disastrous withdrawal “plan.” This unqualified shambles is all Biden’s.
Both Trump and Biden were adamant about withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan, and both were right. That country doesn't belong to the US and the US can't run it forever.
But the idea that problems with withdrawal plans belongs to anyone but Biden is preposterous.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 15, 2021
And everyone knows it, including Democrats, their propagandist media arm, and their #NeverTrumper lapdogs.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) August 15, 2021
On the call with @SecBlinken and @SecDef this morning I confirmed that had Biden decided to abandon the agreement negotiated by President Trump, the U.S. would have had to surge thousands of additional troops into Afghanistan. The 2,500 that Trump had left were not nearly enough.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 15, 2021
So the outliers here appear to be the ones trying to blame Trump.
The Trump/Biden calamity unfolding in Afghanistan began with the Trump administration negotiating with terrorists and pretending they were partners for peace, and is ending with American surrender as Biden abandons the country to our terrorist enemies. https://t.co/PQ1i5W6zZt
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) August 14, 2021
Bush and Cheney ensured we’d never win in Afghanistan
Trump ensured Afghanistan would be a total loss
Biden is just trying to clean up their mess
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 15, 2021
MSNBC opines: “A Taliban takeover in Afghanistan will not be Joe Biden’s fault”
Stunningly, apparently Biden’s clueless sidekick wants ‘credit’ for Biden’s Afghanistan fiasco.
Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed Sunday that she was the last person in the room before President Joe Biden made the decision to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
Harris says she had key role in Biden's Afghanistan withdrawal decision https://t.co/KS3yhfMQm8
— Larry O'Connor (@LarryOConnor) August 15, 2021
The rest of the Biden administration is well aware of their Afghanistan ineptitude and are, of course, deflecting blame.
Biden administration officials blamed the Trump administration and Afghan security forces for what they called a “very risky situation” in Afghanistan, defending their decision-making as the Taliban took over the capital of Kabul.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken briefed lawmakers Sunday amid a massive effort to airlift Western diplomats, civilians and Afghans likely to be targeted by the country’s new rulers.
“This is the remnants of Vietnam, with helicopters coming to remove people off buildings,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) told the officials, according to one person on the call. He questioned the U.S. decision to withdraw now instead of during the winter, the person said, presumably when the Taliban was inactive.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has been laser-focused on weeding white supremacist extremists from the U.S. military and on ensuring that all military and civilian personnel receive a steady dose of morale-crushing, anti-American Critical Race Training. Priorities!
Meanwhile, even Politico is having trouble swallowing the Trump’s to blame line.
— TALKING POINT 4: This is all Trump’s fault.
“We inherited a deal that was cut by our predecessor,” a White House official told Playbook this morning. “It’s not finger-pointing; that’s just facts. … It’s not about blaming the Trump administration; it’s about what we inherited.”
“We had to put in place an entire system to deal with this,” Blinken said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Unfortunately none of that work was done when we came in.”
There are a few problems with this. First, Biden is the one who decided to pull out U.S. forces by the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. That was his call, not Trump’s. Second, part of Biden’s appeal as a presidential candidate was his vast experience and foreign policy credentials. Third, this argument undercuts the other ones. You can’t say both that this is what you’d planned for, and that it’s also a catastrophe that isn’t what you’d planned on.
If this is Trump’s fault, that suggests that the situation is bad enough you’re trying to blame someone else for it; but if the situation is bad and this is also what you’d planned for, then that begs the question of whether the plan was good.
When you’ve lost the Trump-hating UK (and the ultra-leftist Daily Beast is reporting it). . . : “Even the U.K. Is Turning on Biden’s Hasty Afghan Pullout.”
Meanwhile, GOP leadership is pointing out the truth of where the buck actually stops.
The Biden Administration’s botched exit from Afghanistan including the frantic evacuation of Americans and vulnerable Afghans from Kabul is a shameful failure of American leadership. The United States had the capacity to avoid this disaster. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/p4wyuWxoHq
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) August 15, 2021
Joe Biden has been commander-in-chief for seven months – the current failure in Afghanistan falls squarely on his shoulders.
His lack of leadership during this pivotal moment has been shameful – it has only served to embolden our adversaries and let down our allies.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 15, 2021
President Biden must stop finding excuses for his own mistakes and address the country in person with how he plans to secure U.S. national interests, protect our personnel on the ground, assist the Afghan allies who have helped us, and prevent the resurgence of Al Qaeda.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 15, 2021
Trump also issued a statement:
President Trump BLASTS Biden in new statement over Afghanistan.
I miss having a strong leader in the White House! pic.twitter.com/unzYvVEuDz
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) August 15, 2021
BREAKING NEWS: President Trump calls on Joe Biden to resign in disgrace. #Afghanistan
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) August 15, 2021
If the GOP is smart, they will pick up this clarion call and run with it . . . right over the $1.5 trillion “infrastructure” boondoggle, over the $3.5 trillion Bernie-written socialist Green New Deal monstrosity, and on to historic victories in the 2022 midterms. If they’re smart.DONATE
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