Biden never addressed why it all went haywire this weekend.
President Joe Biden blamed everyone but himself in one of the worst political speeches in history.
But the fact is Biden did not address the issue at hand: What went wrong this weekend? The majority of people want a withdrawal. We are okay with that. People are not mad about the withdrawal. People are mad about how it all went down.
We are not okay with how it went down this weekend.
So, as I said, Biden blamed everyone but himself. He even through the Afghanis under the bus:
“We gave them every chance to determine their own future. We could not provide them the will to fight for that future. There are some very brave and capable Afghan special forces units and soldiers, but if Afghanistan is unable to mount any real resistance to the Taliban now, there is no chance that one more year, five more years or 20 more years of US military boots on the ground would’ve made any difference.”
Then Biden brought up Trump’s deal because it did not have a plan to withdraw. Um, dude, you had over six months to come up with a plan:
“When I came into office, I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban. Under his agreement, US Forces would be out of Afghanistan by May 1, 2021, just a little over three months after I took office. US forces had already drawn down during the Trump administration from roughly 15,500 American forces to 2,500 troops in country. And the Taliban was at its strongest militarily since 2001. The choice I had to make as your President was either to follow through on that agreement or be prepared to go back to fighting the Taliban in the middle of the spring fighting season. It would’ve been no ceasefire after May 1. There was no agreement protecting our forces after May 1. There was no status quo of stability without American casualties after May 1,” Biden said during his remarks from The White House.
Biden continued, “There was only a cold reality of either following through on the agreement to withdraw our forces or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat in Afghanistan. Lurching into the third decade of conflict. I stand squarely behind my decision,” Biden said.
I wonder if Biden will still use the White House talking points. Pelosi passed them around. Someone gave them to the media.
The talking points try to dance around Biden’s Taliban remarks on July 8th. He said it is not inevitable that the Taliban will take over Afghanistan.
Here are the WH Afghanistan talking points Pelosi's office just sent around. They are not good:
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 16, 2021
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