Joe Biden is in a bad place…..
American troops have been in Afganistan for decades…
President Trump promised the Taliban that if he was around….
He’d pull the American troops out by August 31st….
(He admits there ARE people left behind)
President Biden did NOT have to honor the short time goal….
But he did….
In doing that he went against advises from his military, intelligence community, lawmakers and foreign leaders….
The process has been a clusterfuck….
Biden has been trying to get past the crticisism and media images…..
He isn’t a happy man…..
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he took “responsibility” for his decisions on Afghanistan. As for any mistakes made — well, he offered plenty of potential culprits.
The hundred-plus American citizens who didn’t make it out? They were notified 19 times “with multiple warnings and offers to help them leave Afghanistan, all the way back as far as March,” he said, adding that most of them were dual citizens, anyway….
His administration has spent weeks hawking polls showing voters support his policy goal, confident that the Beltway’s reaction to his decision was just the latest instance of its disconnect from regular voters.
“I give you my word with all of my heart, I believe this is the right decision, the wise decision, and the best decision for America,” he said today.
Not everyone in the administration shared the commander in chief’s confidence. “I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified we left Americans there,” one administration official told POLITICO. “It was a hostage rescue of thousands of Americans in the guise of a NEO [noncombatant evacuation operations], and we have failed that no-fail mission.” Another White House official said that the mission isn’t accomplished if they left Americans behind.
The drawdown of the war in Afghanistan represents the most significant failure Biden has confronted in his presidency — one where he repeatedly failed to meet his lofty promises and flawed predictions. Biden has long relished proving his doubters wrong and wrapping his pursuits in a sense of optimism. It has worked for him before, most recently with his zealous quest to win Republican support for a bipartisan infrastructure deal.
Yet, even when he’s drilled down on valid critiques of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, Biden has consistently stretched the limits of optimism while appearing unwilling to admit that his earlier predictions were overly rosy. “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States in Afghanistan,” Biden had told reporters earlier this summer.
Then, digging the hole deeper, he added, “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
He was wrong on both counts.
When pressed on some of the predictions, Biden and his administration again and again sought to shift responsibility elsewhere….