The defiant President finally addressed the American people after the humiliating withdrawal that has left Afghanistan in the hands of the Taliban.
It’s nice that he was able to take a moment from his vacation to discuss what is the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in generations.
In the late afternoon on Monday, Biden finally made a televised statement about what was going on in Afghanistan, and boy, oh boy, was it a load of doublespeak that was!
Despite saying that “the buck stops here” he lashed out blame at former President Trump and the Afghan government.
Biden defended the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan but refused to own the results of that decision.
He said that the administration had planned for “every contingency” which is obviously untrue. Biden quickly sent in thousands more troops to help evacuate civilians when things started to go sideways. They clearly didn’t expect the Taliban to waltz in without any real resistance from the Afghan military.
He also said that the war in Afghanistan was never about “nation-building” — someone ought to tell members of the Bush administration that.
While most Americans realized that after 20 years there were only two choices: stay forever or leave even if it was ugly. The thing is, most people — from the foreign policy “experts” to the armchair pundits — didn’t expect Afghanistan to fall this quickly or this easily. Especially when considering the two decades, lives lost, and a trillion dollars investing into training and equipping the Afghan army who assured us that there was a reasonable opposition to the Taliban.
Biden admits that there was truly only one acceptable choice, but refused to take responsibility for the atrociously bad implementation of the withdrawal that has put lives at risk.
The president, speaking from the White House, said his administration has been “closely monitoring the situation on the ground in Afghanistan,” and is moving “quickly” to execute the new plans put in place.
“I stand squarely behind my decision,” the president said. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way, that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”
Biden placed blame on the Afghan leadership for the country’s plight, saying that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had refused advice to negotiate and erroneously insisted Afghan forces would fight.
Administration officials, in the wake of Kabul’s fall to the Taliban over the weekend, have blamed Afghan security forces, maintaining that the U.S. has provided billions of dollars in support, training and equipment, with White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan saying Afghan forces, “when push came to shove, they decided not to step up and fight for their country.”
Biden said part of the reason the U.S. did not more quickly evacuate Afghan civilians who had helped Americans was that Afghan leaders had discouraged it, saying it would trigger a crisis of confidence, and some civilians did not want to leave yet.
Source: Fox News
Hell, after that, whoever wrote his script could teach a Masterclass on blameshifting! Even Hillary might learn a thing or two.
He did manage to mumble out one thing that appears to be true, “this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”
Yeah, Joe. We could tell. But thanks to your staff writer for actually admitting it, I guess.
He then said that it wasn’t up to the United States to be fighting a war in the graveyard of empires when the Afghan people aren’t willing to fight for themselves.
“American troops cannot, and should not, be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,” Biden said.
“We gave them every chance to determine their own future,” said Joe. “What we could not provide them was the will to fight for that future.”
Tens of thousands of members of the Afghan military died fighting against the Taliban, so that’s not exactly fair. Still, it is shocking that it appears that the Taliban didn’t face much opposition from the military that we’d been working to train and support for 20 years.
But, of course, Joe couldn’t help but take a swipe at Trump and say that it would have been much worse if he had followed Trump’s withdrawal plan.
After his address that lasted just under 20-minutes, he left refusing to take a single question.
The most transparent administration ever, and no questions, please!
Here are his full remarks:
The White House talking points had been leaked before Biden spoke and the plan was to insist that they knew that Afghanistan could fall before the official pull-out date of August 31, stand his ground, and refuse to budge while blaming Trump for pulling back troops.
Here are the WH Afghanistan talking points Pelosi’s office just sent around. They are not good:
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 16, 2021
Biden is right with one thing — the buck does stop at the President.
He needs to own this disastrous withdrawal.