WTF? Biden-Harris White House Wants Kudos From Media For The Handling Of Afghanistan Pull-Out

Written by K. Walker on August 25, 2021

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Unbelievably…they’re serious. This administration has no shame.

In a piece in POLITICO, Natasha Korecki says that the White House is a bit miffed that they’re not getting the props that they deserve over the process of evacuation, and they’re letting the press know it. The article is titled, “White House to media: We want our props on Afghanistan” and explains that the President and his team have “taken it on the chin” for a week as things became chaotic in Afghanistan, and they now want kudos for the evacuation.

This is what happens when the Corporate Media props up a mentally deteriorating Shambling Husk of Mediocrity and refuses to acknowledge that that’s what he is. Biden wasn’t anything special when he was a Senator, his only real accomplishments were the 1994 Crime Bill — which he has to run like mad from today — and being selected as Barack Obama’s Vice President.

The administration has become accustomed to a fawning press praising their every move and making excuses for them in the face of abject failure — like at the Southern border and President’s decision to refuse to cancel his vacation and remain in D.C. as Kabul fell into Taliban control.

Now, the White House believes that they deserve to be lauded for the massive evacuation effort in Afghanistan. The same evacuation that was necessitated by their bungled pull-out from the country.

In the span of a week, the White House went from struggling to explain a rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan to beating its chest.

Top Biden officials and administration allies have begun aggressively touting the success of their evacuation efforts in the war-torn country, offering frequent updates on the number of evacuees. They’ve framed the operation as historic — in line with the Berlin airlift — declared that they’re “over performing” their own metrics, and trumpeted the president as “defying expectations.”

It’s a startling 180 from the defensive crouch Biden and his team occupied just days ago, one that reflects the sense of combativeness that has emerged in the West Wing as they sort through the first major, sustained crisis of the administration. And while it’s sparked accusations that the president’s team is trying to divert attention away from a crisis of its own creation, Biden’s defenders stress that, for now at least, he deserves to crow.

Whoa, whao, whoa!

Hang on right there… what does she mean by the “first major, sustained crisis of the administration”?

We’ve had over a million people cross the southern border illegally since this administration took office. That’s a “sustained” crisis. Of course, the partisan Corporate Media doesn’t seem to see it that way, and they certainly don’t report it that way.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was cheering the evacuation as a success and on track to be the “largest airlift in U.S. history.”

The White House’s new posture comes as U.S. personnel scramble to remove American citizens and Afghan officials before the last American troops are slated to leave the country on August 31. Over the past 10 days, Biden said on Tuesday, the United States had evacuated 70,700 people and more than 75,000 since July. All of this has taken place amidst confusion over the troop withdrawal deadline and reports of a blocked entryway to the Kabul airport following the Taliban’s rapid takeover of the country…

…Buoyed by the evacuation numbers, aides and allies have gone from feeling beleaguered to galvanized, taking to social media and the airwaves to let out the grievances about press coverage they’ve been harboring privately since the crisis began, and to make the case that the White House’s accomplishments should get more credit and attention. They’ve noted that the evacuation figures exceed the estimates the administration initially put out and that the press corps said was possible.

The Democratic National Committee is calling the evacuation a success.

The Biden-Harris administration is trying to spin the criticism of the bungled handling of the withdrawal as opposition to pulling troops out of Afghanistan at all.

It’s disingenuous.

The majority of Americans believe that it was the right move to pull out of the country, but disagree with how it was handled and the timeline.

The Biden-Harris administration decided to everything backwards — they began to withdraw troops and shut down the Bagram Air Base before evacuating American civilians, our Afghan allies with Special Immigrant Visas, and announced that troops would be gone in time for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, despite the Taliban taking ground throughout Afghanistan for months.

If the administration had handled this properly, it should be the smallest evacuation in U.S. history because all civilians and SIV holders would have already been evacuated on commercial flights months ago.

But now, because of the bungled response, the administration is scrambling.

All because Joe Biden wanted to be known as the President to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The spin and focus on the evacuation is clearly an attempt to bolster Biden’s “America’s Back” promise to our allies that has taken a real hit with his unilateral decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and capitulate to the Taliban’s August 31 “red line” evacuation date.

“The nature of the withdrawal has dinged American prestige, particularly in Europe where it is seen as a total debacle and quite shocking. And that’s going to be difficult to recover from,” said a foreign policy operative who has been in touch with the administration. But, the operative added, “I don’t think that [the current] spin is wrong.”…

…the White House’s revised public relations campaign has aimed not only to bolster Biden’s standing domestically, but attempted to restore global confidence in the U.S., two former diplomats said. Notably, Biden has repeatedly stressed his conversations with world leaders and international bodies in recent days — after not talking to any foreign leaders in the hours after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
Source: POLITICO

It’s a dangerous pivot for the White House to make when it’s pretty clear that there will be many people trapped in Afghanistan after the August 31 evacuation deadline, and a whole lot of them are going to be Americans.

According to The Federalist, only a fraction of the thousands that have been evacuated have been Americans — less than half of the estimated 11,000 Americans stranded in Afghanistan.

About only 5 percent of the people the United States has evacuated from Afghanistan are Americans seeking safe passage home.

More than 82,300 have been airlifted from Kabul since the government’s collapse nearly two weeks ago, but the Pentagon says that, as of Wednesday, only 4,400 Americans were rescued in those evacuation operations.

There are reports that the Taliban are burning down schools and hunting for Afghanis who aided U.S. and G7 troops, Christians, and teachers likely for execution, as well as the search for widows and girls age 12 and up for sex slavery under the guise of “marriage.”

They’ve been executing Afghan troops who have surrendered.

This is going to be awful for anyone there after August 31.

Biden and Harris will own any kidnapping, or death that occurs after that date… but they want kudos for the evacuation.

It’s shameful.

But hey… at least there are no mean tweets!

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