September 2, 2021

Biden Refuses to Acknowledge Mistakes in Afghanistan Withdrawal

  • Executive

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Americans on both sides of the aisle have condemned the Biden administration for the manner in which the U.S. left Afghanistan. An unnamed number of U.S. citizens have been left stranded in the region, with no aid from the United States government, and the president has refused to thoroughly discuss any mistakes on the part of the Biden administration. Reports swirl about weapons left behind, and compromises made with the Taliban. 

And yet, Biden refuses to call the exit as anything less than an “extraordinary success.”

The Background: 

According to President Biden, everything went as well as possible in the disastrous exit from Afghanistan last week. During a press conference (held 44 minutes behind schedule), he stated, “Some say that the evacuation from Afghanistan could have been started sooner and completed in a more orderly fashion. I respectfully disagree.” 

Biden stated that 90% of Americans were evacuated from the region, and implied that the remaining U.S. citizens wished to remain behind. “The bottom line is there is no evacuation from the end of a war that you can run without the kinds of complexities, challenges, threats we faced,” Biden stated.

However, hundreds of Americans have been allegedly left behind in Afghanistan. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated, “Biden needs to stop saying his Afghan catastrophe was an ‘extraordinary success.’ No one believes it and it's an insult to all the people working to mitigate the damage he caused. He stranded Americans and allies and allowed advanced US military hardware to fall into Taliban hands.”

The day after the formal withdrawal of American troops, the Taliban held a mock funeral, parading a coffin draped with the American flag. After two decades of being held in check by U.S. military forces, and then seizing control of the region in a matter of days, the Taliban is celebrating its freedom to reestablish its terrorist regime.

The White House has stated that it has an “enormous amount of leverage” over the Taliban, but has continually refused to acknowledge any missteps in the handling of the exit.

Notable Quotes: 

“The extraordinary success of this mission is due to the incredible skill bravely (sic) and selfless courage of the United States military and our diplomats and intelligence professionals.” - Joe Biden

“If we needed more proof that Biden has no shame, no dignity, no ability to lead, it was in his speech today. He should resign in disgrace.” - Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)

“President Biden’s cabinet must put politics aside and act in the best interests of the American people. Biden’s tragic and inexplicable failures in Afghanistan defy logic. It’s time to consider the 25th Amendment.” - Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL)


 

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