The Biden administration reeks of desperation.
The entire world is watching on while Biden’s Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is making his rounds on various Fake News channels to pass blame for the disintegration of Afghanistan.
Videos and images have terrorized the nation as U.S. forces attempt to helicopter the remaining officials out of Kabul, where Taliban forces now have total control. Former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the nation in fear of the impending takeover.
On Sunday, Taliban declared the “war in Afghanistan is over” as they held a press conference from the presidential palace.
Meanwhile, Secretary Blinken appeared on CNN and ABC to defend his boss, Joe Biden. The seemingly unorganized manner in which Biden ordered a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is now Trump’s cross to bare, according to Blinken.
CNN hack Jake Tapper surprisingly confronted Blinken directly on his refusal to answer questions on the withdrawal directly, snapping that “you keep changing the subject” when Blinken was confronted on whether the “exit was ineptly planned,” in Tapper’s words.
Although Blinken and Biden tried to pin the hasty exit from Afghanistan on a timeline set by the Trump administration, Tapper pointed out that Blinken told Tapper himself that it was “entirely likely” that the Taliban would be “taking over the country” months ago and noted that the Biden administration’s decision to send 5,000 troops into the country to organize a retreat, despite pulling 2,500 troops out just weeks ago, belied a Biden administration failure.
“Why didn’t you have the troops in there, taking them out?” Tapper snapped.
— The Hill (@thehill) August 16, 2021
He then went on to claim that the Biden administration saw the “hollowness” of the Afghan security forces.
Blinken’s message of “orderly” withdrawal continued on ABC, where he again claimed the Biden administration had no choice but to honor a timeline set forward by the previous administration, though he did not seem to acknowledge that there was an interim of six months where the U.S. collected further intelligence.
The messaging today from Biden folks is both:
Pulling out was the right thing to do. The war had to end
But also Trump gave us no choice.
Blinken: “we inherited a deadline, negotiated by the previous administration. That deadline was May 1st.”
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) August 15, 2021
“Come May 2nd, if the President decided to stay — all gloves would have been off. We would have been back at war with the Taliban.”
It is not clear whether the Biden administration believed it had a choice between a full war with the Taliban and a swift exit Sunday morning.
Blinken did, however, try to diffuse comparisons between Kabul and the American withdrawal from Saigon, which marked the end of the Vietnam war.
Jake Tapper to Blinken: "President Biden is intent on avoiding a Saigon moment… but with this troop surge to air lift Americans out of Afghanistan, aren’t we already in the midst of a Saigon moment?" pic.twitter.com/SRmb6j4N4e
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 15, 2021
Blinken and other officials are reportedly briefing federal legislators Sunday. There has been no word from President Joe Biden, who is at Camp David and has called a “lid” on communications until Wednesday.
Author: Nolan Sheridan