What an absolute crapshow! Fortunately, it only lasted 10 minutes.
After days of criticism that the Biden-Harris administration has been unavailable to answer questions about the bungled withdrawal in Afghanistan, it was announced that President Biden would return from his Camp David vacation and address the media.
Notably, he had Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin with him.
Biden and his entourage were 49 minutes late for the 1 pm press conference on Afghanistan.
President Biden on Friday addressed the bid to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan in the face of the Taliban takeover of the country, as he faces a torrent of criticism for his handling of the U.S. withdrawal.
“There’ll be plenty of time to criticize and second guess when this operation is over, but now I’m focused on getting this job done,” he said at a news conference from the White House.
In a broad speech in which he pledged to get Americans home, and said that the U.S. was ramping up evacuations of citizens and Afghan and made “significant progress,” he also cautioned that he couldn’t promise what the final outcome of the dire situation in Kabul would be.
“I cannot promise what the final outcome will be, or that it will be without risk of loss, but as commander in chief I can assure you I will mobilize every resource necessary,” he said.
Source: Fox News
Biden spoke for 10 minutes and then took a handful of questions that were submitted in advance from a pre-approved list of reporters.
Biden dismissed the report that he was given a State Department cable saying that the Taliban was taking ground faster than anticipated when he said he “gets a lot of cables.”
So, questions from AP, Bloomberg, ABC, PBS News Hour… all Regime-Friendly Corporate Media. Considering the situation, the questions were softballs.
Well, except for that one moment when one of the Presstitutes changed the wording of the pre-approved question. But it’s okay, Biden set him straight.
One corporate press stenographer changed up his pre-approved question. Biden literally answered, "I thought the question was," before attempting to answer the new question.
Insane. Clown regime stuff.
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) August 20, 2021
Gosh, it’s just so irritating to hear the President of the United States call the Taliban the “Tolly-bon” as for VP Harris, she looks like she’s being held hostage. She hasn’t looked this uncomfortable since reporters were asking her when she was going to visit the Southern Border as “Border Czar.”
And Dementia Joe said that the Afghan National Force was made up of “300 persons.” He was trying to repeat his claim that there were 300,000 Afghan troops when that’s likely a best guess.
In the address, Biden promised that the United States would get all Americans who wanted to leave out of Afghanistan.
Well, that’s a nice turn of events.
On the weekend, a statement had been sent to Americans in Afghanistan requesting evacuation that they had to make their way to the airport in Kabul past Taliban checkpoints and then they could be evacuated.
The below note went out this afternoon to American citizens requesting to be evacuated from Afghanistan, @alanacbs reports. It instructs people to come to Hamid Karzai Intl Airport in Kabul, but says the US govt cannot guarantee their safety as they make the trip. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/rgEyjGup4K
— Sara Cook (@saraecook) August 17, 2021
Defense Secretary Austin and “woke” General Mark Milley gave a presser a couple of days ago and were asked about how Americans and allies were to get to the airport.
SecDef Austin said that the U.S. military “doesn’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.”
.@SecDef Austin: “We don’t have the capability to go out and collect large numbers of people.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) August 18, 2021
It appears that the United States government is relying on the Taliban to honor some kind of backroom deal that the Biden-Harris admin brokered with them to allow certain people to make it past the checkpoints.
Defense Secretary Austin looks completely stunned when a reporter asks “It sounds like you’re saying this depends on diplomacy with the Taliban. That’s it.”
General Milley interrupts, noting that the State Department has sent messages urging people to go to the airport. pic.twitter.com/xXs4zSipcl
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 18, 2021
American citizens are at the mercy of a repressive, backward terrorist regime with an End Times Islamic worldview from the Middle Ages that is now in possession of billions of dollars in American military equipment.
Biden also said, “I have seen no question of our credibility of our allies from around the world.”
Huh. That’s weird.
Biden’s handlers must be keeping him away from every news source available and the internet because international criticism abounds.
The Brits are particularly not impressed.
Skewering Washington, angry PM Boris Johnson thundered: “The West could not continue this US-led mission – a mission conceived and executed in support and defence of America – without American logistics, without US air power and without American might.”
Source: The Sun UK
— Brit Hume (@brithume) August 19, 2021
Biden has managed to unite the parties in the UK. Labour MP Chris Bryant called Biden’s remarks about Afghan soldiers, “some of the most shameful comments ever from an American president.”
I cannot think of any US president that has received this level of unanimous condemnation from Britain’s Parliament in modern times. Joe Biden has dramatically undermined US allies and America’s standing in the world. https://t.co/3wKUc2tKm8
— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) August 18, 2021
“Whatever happened to ‘America is back’?” asked British MP Tobias Ellwood during an interview with the Washington Post. “People are bewildered that after two decades of this big, high-tech power intervening, they are withdrawing and effectively handing the country back to the people we went in to defeat.”
“This is the irony,” he continued,”How can you say America is back when we’re being defeated by an insurgency armed with no more than RPGs, land mines, and AK-47s?”
Former British Army chief Richard Dannatt said, “the manner and timing of the Afghan collapse is the direct result of President Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.”
“At a stroke, he has undermined the patient and painstaking work of the last five, 10, 15 years to build up governance in Afghanistan, develop its economy, transform its civil society and build up its security forces,” Dannatt said Wednesday in Parliament.
“The people had a glimpse of a better life — but that has been torn away.”
Source: Newsweek via MSN
U.K. Conservative member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat, who is a veteran said, “To see their commander-in-chief call into question the courage of men I fought with, to claim that they ran. It’s shameful! Those who have never fought for the colors they fly should be careful about criticizing those who have.”
“We lived a little bit the great illusion,” said French Parliamentarian Nathalie Loiseau. “We thought America was back, while in fact, America withdraws.”
Bavaria Gov. Markus Soeder, a leading member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc, said Washington should provide funding and shelter to people fleeing Afghanistan, since “the United States of America bear the main responsibility for the current situation.”
Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, director of the German Council on Foreign Relations said, “The Biden administration came to office promising an open exchange, a transparent exchange with its allies. They said the transatlantic relationship would be pivotal. As it is, they’re playing lip service to the transatlantic relationship and still believe European allies should fall into line with U.S. priorities.”
Riad Kahwaji, the Inegma security consultancy in the United Arab Emirates said, the botched withdrawal “is raising alarm bells everywhere.” He added, “The U.S.’s credibility as an ally has been in question for a while. We see Russia fighting all the way to protect the Assad regime [in Syria], and now the Americans are pulling out and leaving a big chaos in Afghanistan.”
Czech President Milos Zeman said that by withdrawing from Afghanistan, “the Americans have lost their status of global leader.”
But hey, at least there are no mean tweets, right?