Biden’s leadership — or lack of it — looms large over a report that limits its scope to the British handling of the Afghanistan evacuation.
It goes without saying that there was no meaningful conversation between Biden’s administration and our military partners in Joe’s Afghanistan reenactment of the Fall of Saigon. We know this because our own reports tell us there was no meaningful conversation or planning even among American decision-makers until the absolute last minute.
The Brits were thrust into a situation where suddenly *poof* Baghram airbase was gone and the Americans are leaving in a matter of days.
As you read these excerpts from the inquiry’s findings, remember how Kirby, Psaki, and the rest bragged about how successful their evacuation plan had gone under difficult circumstances.
Notice how the US is mentioned in this report and one of the Brits’ failures was their inability to tell Biden’s people that their plan was about to royally screw things up.
The committee published its findings on Tuesday in a report, which “identified systemic failures of intelligence, diplomacy, planning and preparation – many of which were due, at least in part, to the Foreign Office”.
In key findings, the report said:
On planning for withdrawal
The government “failed effectively to shape or respond to” the US’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, which was known since February 2020
The FCDO “failed to make the necessary preparations for withdrawal” by laying the groundwork for an evacuation with third countries
There was a “total absence of a plan for evacuating Afghans who supported the UK mission, without being directly employed by the UK government” –BBC
Some other observations:
This “mismanagement” of the evacuation in a crucial period “likely cost hundreds of people their chance to leave the country, and as a result likely cost lives”
… The primary UK policy goal in Afghanistan “should be to reduce the impact of the humanitarian disaster unleashed by the international withdrawal”
The withdrawal has “serious implications for British security and has “heightened the terror threat” from Afghanistan –BBC
So to sum up…
An ill-considered, uncoordinated, and badly executed plan to disengage from our presence Afghanistan has cost Afghani lives, has unleashed a humanitarian disaster, and has ultimately heightened the terror threat from Afghanistan.
Is it any wonder the ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Presidency is taking so hard that even the Carter Administration is starting to look ‘not so bad’ by comparison?
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