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Obama Guru David Axelrod on Biden Afghan Exit: “This Has Been a Disaster”

Obama Guru David Axelrod on Biden Afghan Exit: “This Has Been a Disaster”

“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:

And did you ever think you would see this on CNN?

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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Even morons like Axelrod can’t cut the pedophile a break on this.

“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.”

That’s because this bucket of s* is SO big and SO stinky that the MSM realizes there is more than enough extra to spread around on anyone who tries cheerleading it.

    Ben Kent in reply to henrybowman. | August 18, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Media created this MONSTER – The Woke Administration where REALITY takes a backseat to unicorns and puppies and ice cream.

    Deny REALITY until it bites you in the ass.
    …..> Let’s Defund Police
    …..> Let’s Open borders and eliminate ICE
    …..> All good in Afghanistan – lets just walk away.
    …..> Let’s divide the country – and try to start a race war with race-based policies

    The are just starting to see that they created the monster. Now they cannot control it.

    Ben Kent in reply to henrybowman. | August 18, 2021 at 10:45 am

    HUNTER needs a pardon before DADDY leaves office or is removed.

    HUNTER is surely begging his daddy for a pardon – it is the only way he can be sure to avoid consequences of his actions. Biden will eventually do it. He has nothing to lose. He will never run for office again. The debacle in Afghanistan made it certain that he is a one-term president. HUNTER will get roasted if the Democrats lose Congress – which seems all but certain now.

    Since late December, I have said Hunter will be pardoned. People have pushed back on that saying the Biden controls DOJ so that’s enough to bury the matter. But its not. And with more revelations coming every week – Hunter must be squirming. Also the DNC is at risk the longer Hunter issue festers. DNC worst nightmare is leaving Hunter to fend for himself and then Hunter ,making a plea deal to tell all and name names (maybe even write a book). In fact, I would not be surprised if Hunter, that POS, was not – right now – EXTORTING his Dad and the DNC for a PARDON saying he will tell all unless they give him a pardon. HUNTER will protect himself and throw EVERYONE else under the bus – including his own family. He has doe it before and the POS will do it again. Actually, it will probably all come out eventually.

    When HUNTER gets his pardon – it will be the most corrupt pardon in the history of the USA. In part because it will protect Biden and DNC from scrutiny as possible co-conspirators. It is a banana-republic type of pardon.

    PS – some say that a President cannot make a pardon unless someone commits a crime. THat is false. The pardon power has no limit. Example – Ford pardoned Nixon and Nixon had never been charged with any crime at the time he was pardoned.

      DaveGinOly in reply to Ben Kent. | August 18, 2021 at 12:36 pm

      The problem is that Biden does not control the DOJ. It’s controlled by the Deep State. The Deep State will remain in control of the DOJ (and the intelligence apparatus) regardless of who is elected or re-elected.

        Ben Kent in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 18, 2021 at 2:02 pm

        If you were Hunter – would you want your life to be dependent on faceless bureaucrats – when your Daddy could give you a pardon ? And especially knowing your Daddy has nothing to lose by going you a Pardon.

        Biden is not just motivated to help his son – he has some potential culpability. He and DNC has serious risk from the Hunter fiasco.

        Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who sees this.

        Remember the media floated all sorts of rumors that Trump would pardon himself and his sons, his family and friends – he did none of that. But where is the media’s speculation about HUNTER ? Unlike he Trump kids – here is a presidential kid that is under ACTUAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION.

Not saying Joe doesn’t deserve a whole lot of blame (you bet he does), but this may also be a bit of Alexrod trying to protect Obama as much as possible by saying it’s all on Joe, especially with the news about the Bergdahl swap coming out. As well, he’s conveniently ignoring the fact that a whole bunch of former Obama Admin people are working in the Biden Admin, including throughout the national security and foreign policy side of things.

    Neo in reply to p. | August 17, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Right now, the entire Democrat agenda is on the robes. If this disaster is seen as a “Democrat failure”, not only will it derail the mid-term elections, but it will derail everything now on Capitol Hill.

      PODKen in reply to Neo. | August 17, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      I doubt it … it’s prolly just a minor hiccup. There are plenty of Democrats that will defend Biden or just blow it off … and the Republicans have been emasculated and have lost their credibility … so anything they say carries little weight.

        starride in reply to PODKen. | August 17, 2021 at 8:57 pm

        It all depends on how many American citizens we watch get killed on TV. Supposedly there are 15000 Americans trapped there.

          Report them to the fbi as January 6th terrorists. fbi just redid their dedication to finding everyone involved. Might as well put the lazy dipschiffs to possible good use.

        DaveGinOly in reply to PODKen. | August 18, 2021 at 12:42 pm

        Pelosi is not merely defending him, she’s praising him for a job well-done. Which is extremely out of touch with reality, seeing that Joe is blaming others for an acknowledged disaster. This is a manifestation of the fact that Dems will say anything, no matter how egregiously false it may be, so long as it’s said in the defense of the party and the furtherance of their agenda.

I wonder why they are turning against Joe at this time. Is there something in the works?

    MarkJ in reply to r2468. | August 17, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Donks could try to 25A President Pudding Cup. However, they’re f***ed: Kamala is even more unlikeable and incompetent and the GOP would be perfectly content to not play along and just let the Donks slowly twist in the wind. “Can’t keep the SOB, but can’t get rid of him either.”

    CommoChief in reply to r2468. | August 17, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    IMO, Biden is being hung out to dry. Now in terms of timing and execution of the withdrawal that’s all on him; it was his decision.

    That said, the happy crappy evaluations of the actual capability of the Afghans to fight independent of the US and NATO along with the same sorts of BS reports about the capacity of the Afghan government to govern played a huge role in shaping the attitudes of Biden and his ultimate decisions.

    So beware the DoD, Intel State Dept, rotating grifters and SR members of Congress with their turf to protect and their own axes to grind trying to put 100% of this on Biden.. DoD and the IC have already started the game of leaks and cya memos.

    They are playing 3 card Monte and hoping we are haven’t been paying attention to the rosey scenario reports they have been writing and championing over the past two decades as justification to spend blood and treasure to support their policy preferences and coincidently enrich all sorts of defense contractors who just happen to provide them campaign funds and board seats ECT.

    So yes blame Biden by all means he deserves it; but save some vitriol for the rest of those culpable for this tragedy.

      Could be.
      Frankly, if anyone in DOD, Intel, had any sense or integrity, they would have resigned prior to Joe allowing this disaster to occur. They knew he was doing it. They could have resigned on live TV to stop it. It’s that bad. Yet they did nothing.

        CommoChief in reply to lc. | August 18, 2021 at 10:57 am


        Resign in public? Make a stink? The problem would be that act would focus attention on the overly optimistic (lies) these agencies and establishment DC types have been telling the American people.

        What can they say? Don’t pull out because the actual capacity of the Afghan govt to fight is far below what they have been telling us?

        This BS about aircraft for example. The narrative is Biden pulled out the aircraft mechanics so obviously the Afghans couldn’t keep them in the air.

        That’s crap. The true question is why, over two decades, the US govt didn’t train Afghans to perform that task. The answer is obvious; fat defense contracts.

        This is only one example of a systematic failure that the DoD, Intel, State Dept have wrought and explains how they couldn’t afford for the truth to come out.

        The Military Industrial complex that Eisenhower warned about is real, not illusory.

      NYBruin in reply to CommoChief. | August 18, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Check out the site for the recent report on the MULTIPLE failures in Afghanistan. The most damning audit report I have ever read.

      Obviously nobody was reading the prior reports

        CommoChief in reply to NYBruin. | August 18, 2021 at 1:47 pm

        That is a key point for those heretofore unaware of the scope of the issues and self created problems in Afghanistan.

        It’s the 30,000 feet view. A few of us were in the trenches and can directly speak to the difficulties with Islamic countries and cultural differences. Not to mention the fiefdoms built and organized to perpetuate dependence upon western defense contractors vs truly preparing the Afghans to stand alone.

    gonzotx in reply to r2468. | August 17, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Plan B

    JHogan in reply to r2468. | August 17, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Her name is Harris.


      Ironclaw in reply to JHogan. | August 17, 2021 at 11:29 pm

      No real American will ever accept that whore as a president.

      RG37205 in reply to JHogan. | August 18, 2021 at 12:09 am

      I wouldn’t care if she was pink with purple polka dots. She is utterly and completely unqualified to be president of a high school class, let alone the USA. And the would be true regardless of what intersectionality points she had or didn’t have i.e., her race(s), national origins, gender(s) and sexual orientation. She’s already shown by her non-performance on the border that she is a lightweight, and an unlikeable, incompetent, and arrogant one at that. In other words, exactly as unsuited to be President as Quid Pro Joe who has always been exactly as stupid, arrogant, nasty, and corrupt as he is now that he’s lost a good portion of whatever marbles he once had.

      Capsaicin_Addict in reply to JHogan. | August 18, 2021 at 9:04 am

      Her name is kneepads, pal.

      Kepha H in reply to JHogan. | August 22, 2021 at 9:31 am

      A Harris presidency will make racism and misogyny fashionable again. Even hard-core Democrats and SD’s will boast that their great-grandfathers in the KKK were fighting for “the little man”.

    hrh40 in reply to r2468. | August 18, 2021 at 6:50 am


    DaveGinOly in reply to r2468. | August 18, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    I firmly believe there has always been a plan to remove Joe from office. The Dems 1.) have been “biden” (nyuk, nyuk) their time waiting for an appropriate circumstance in which to execute the plan; and 2.) have probably delayed the plan since they’ve discovered that Harris is a nincompoop, and an unliked nincompoop at that.

    This unmitigated disaster may cause them to execute regardless of the outcome (Harris’ ascension to the presidency). They can deal with her later.

Rats jumping a sinking ship. The Uniparty scoundrels have their fall guy and are preparing to dump him once the piling on is over.

They are already setting up Harris for removal too. Biden will not resign or be removed until Harris is replaced. Everyone seems to think she is safe as a black woman but…. puppet master Susan Rice? Does anyone believe the GOP Senate squishes won’t vote yea to confirm her? I predict a 96-1 vote with 3 Rs abstaining.

Yep, things could get much worse and soon.

Seeing Leftists lining up to toss Sundowner under the bus, maybe just a bit of wondering if it’s the beginning of the call for him to step down for the first woman president?

I’d love to be the guy at the KGB assigned to listening in on Dr Jill’s cellphone! 😀

It’s extra special to lose a country the size of Texas

…some of the people you would expect to defend Biden have not done so.

Those would be the people on board with the Obama/Jarrett plan to replace Comrade Biden with cackling Comrade Harris well before 2024.

These power hungry neo-Marxists don’t really give a crap about how well or poorly the Afghanistan bugout was handled. They knew Biden would screw up eventually. And that’s when they planned to move in for the kill.

Sloppy Joe Biden, in my opinion, will never recover from the image of people falling off a USAF cargo transport carrier out of the sky to their deaths because of his and his Administration’s incompetence.

No one in their right mind would have closed Bagram Air Base while leaving behind thousands of civilians. But, that’s exactly what Joe Biden did. Americans need to “reimagine Biden” and defund his sorry Administration.

Whoever the president’s handlers are, they should force Joe Biden to apologize to the country, demand he resign and require he exit public life forever.

One last thought: It is not hard to envision that all 15,000 Americans citizens stranded in Afghanistan, who unfortunately realize they in danger of losing their lives, wish Trump was still President right now.

SeekingRationalThought | August 18, 2021 at 11:01 am

I’ll won’t be impressed by CNN’s honesty until they acknowledge that the propaganda and dishonest reporting of CNN and other alleged news operations is what got Creepy Joe elected in the first place. What we are seeing now isn’t honesty or objectivity. We are watching a bunch of moral and intellectual deviants throwing one of their own under the bus to protect themselves, their careers, their wealth and their power. They are scum.

You should know that the links surrounding that CNN headline and the meat of the article behind it actually did quite a bit of …but Trump whataboutism.

“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to fuck things up.”

We were warned.

AmericanThinker: The Deep State and Afghanistan
“‘The NSA and the [NGIA] are watching this happen in real time,'” the site continues, quoting the journalist. “‘And they’re doing nothing to stop it. Why not? So what the Afghans will tell you.. Is that the United States chose this outcome.'”

This explains the nonsense of Liz Cheney, too.

There is big money in make the weapons of war. No war, no spending on lots of bomb, drones, ammunition.
Leaving behind $87 billion in military supplies leaves lots of room for new expenditures to replace them.
Every weapons system that was left behind will have to be assumed to be compromised by the Chinese and Russians.
They will all have to be replaced.

We are talking about beau coup bucks .. without a war.