“It’s a failure, and [Biden] needs to own that failure.”
One of the remarkable aspects of Biden’s awful execution of the exit from Afghanistan is that some of the people you would expect to defend Biden have not done so.
Obama’s campaign guru David Axelrod, who now works for CNN, blasted the situation as a “disaster.”
Katherine Doyle reports at the Washington Examiner:
Former US officials say Biden team needs ‘shake-up’ following Afghanistan debacle
Former White House officials are faulting President Joe Biden’s closest advisers for the chaotic drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan, charging it is up to them to deliver tough messages the commander in chief may be reluctant to hear.
“Biden has got to shake up his national security team,” said Brett Bruen, a former U.S. diplomat and Obama White House official, conceding that while responsibility ultimately lies with Biden, his most senior advisers should be accountable for how the administration executed its strategy. Biden’s exit from Afghanistan, Bruen said, was an “unmitigated disaster.”…
Biden has criticized the Afghanistan mission for more than 10 years, arguing against committing more troops to the country while he was vice president. On the campaign trail, Biden maintained the U.S. troop presence failed to serve American interests. But once he took office, weeks ticked by before the president announced his decision to leave. This decision came in April, one month before a May 1 deadline brokered by former President Donald Trump with Taliban leaders.
“No one can defend the execution here. It’s a disaster,” said David Axelrod, a top adviser to Obama in the White House, on CNN. “It’s a failure, and [Biden] needs to own that failure.”
Here’s the video:
It’s amazing to hear someone on CNN, a man who worked directly with Biden in the Obama White House, saying this.
Axelrod wasn’t the only person on CNN who was saying it, either. Jake Tapper was clearly unimpressed with Biden’s speech yesterday:
Jake Tapper tears into Joe Biden's speech:
"The president said that the buck stopped with him but, in fact, this speech was full of finger pointing and blame." pic.twitter.com/8brFlByA7S
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) August 16, 2021
And did you ever think you would see this on CNN?
The main CNN page right now is as brutal as it can get for Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/neOCma9MNj
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 17, 2021
The fact that these things are being said on CNN should concern the Biden administration. If they are not willing or able to spin this in a positive way for them, no one will do it.
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