Democrat President Joe Biden lost it during a bizarre speech he gave on Tuesday – pushing back on his critics to label the Afghanistan withdrawal as a success despite the 13 dead U.S. service members and hundreds of Americans still trapped in the country.
Biden labeled the mission as an “extraordinary success,“ saying, “In April, I made a decision to end this war,” appearing to take responsibility for his actions before immediately shifting blame onto others. “As part of that decision, we set the date of August 31st for American troops to withdraw.”
Biden originally set the withdrawal deadline back in April to September 11 and changed it, later this summer, to August 31.
Biden once again pinned blame for the debacle on the Afghan national security forces, which he falsely claimed had 300,000 members to fight the Taliban.
The Washington Post reported:
“This is an inflated number. The president is including police forces, which are not part of the military and have often heightened insecurity with their tactics. Even among the active military, there is high turnover and only a small core of professionals which could be expected to fight professionally against the Taliban. In other words, the number is not 300,000 — and probably not even 30,000.
By repeatedly using this figure, the president is misleading Americans about the capabilities of the Afghan military — which has now demonstrated it could not defend Afghanistan from the Taliban offensive. He does not quite earn Four Pinocchios because “security forces” sometimes is broadly defined to include the police. But it’s close, especially when making a ridiculous comparison to the militaries of NATO allies.”
It’s also worth noting that the Biden admin’s decision to pull U.S. air support when they did, ultimately left the Afghan army unable to operate according to The Wall Street Journal.
“We were ready when they the people of Afghanistan watched their own government collapse and the president flee amid the corruption and malfeasance of handing over the country to their enemy, the Taliban,” Biden further said.
That statement too appeared to conflict with a report that said it was the Biden administration who made a deal with the Taliban, and then handed over control of the capital city Kabul despite the Taliban offering to let the U.S. control the entire city for the purpose of evacuations. Biden later claimed that the Taliban “seized” Kabul.
Biden also appeared to try to downplay the hundreds of Americans who were left behind by claiming that the administration had “reached out 19 times to Americans in Afghanistan with multiple warnings and offers to help them leave Afghanistan all the way back as far as March.”
Biden claimed that there was no deadline for getting Americans out who wanted to leave and that his administration would use diplomacy to get Americans out of a country that is now home to Islamic terrorists.
Despite cheering the effort as a success, Biden repeatedly tried to pin blame for his bungled withdrawal on Trump for making an agreement with the Taliban, which he suggested put him in a spot that he couldn’t get out of.
Biden repeatedly presented Americans with a false choice, claiming that he was faced with the decision to “either follow through on the commitment made by the last administration and leave Afghanistan, or say we weren’t leaving, and commit another tens of thousands more troops going back to war.”
Top military leaders in the Biden administration, however, reportedly told the president that only a small force of as few as 3,000 troops could keep things stable in the country and allow the Afghan military to fight the Taliban.
After blaming Trump, the Afghan military, and American citizens that the administration claims they warned 19 times, Biden said, “I take responsibility for the decision.”
Following the interview, Biden once again rejected any questions from reporters – refusing to answer the obvious tough questions such as what his administration’s embarrassing failure means for the Americans left behind in the country now run by a terrorist organization.
This of course comes Biden broke a promise made during an interview with ABC News a couple of weeks ago in which he said that he would leave U.S. troops in the country until all Americans who wanted to leave had been evacuated.
Author: Arthur Tanner