Is it any surprise? Was it any surprise when Biden ignored border security advice from border security experts on the ground and continues to do so? The answers are all, “no,” course — for a singular reason:
Biden was not installed in the White House to do “what’s right” or take advice from anybody on anything — expert or not — that runs counter to the objectives and narratives of the far-left. Period.
According to a Sunday report in The Wall Street Journal, that’s exactly what Biden did, here; he reportedly overruled the advice of his top military officials when ordering the United States pullout from Afghanistan.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 15, 2021
Prior to announcing his disastrous decision, which ultimately led to the “Biden’s Saigon” yoke being hung around his neck — where it will forever hang — Biden met with several top military commanders — all of whom recommended he leave a force of 2,500 troops in the country and step up negotiations with the Taliban for a peace deal.
Biden declined their advice. Per the WSJ:
In contrast to the numerous Trump policies he reversed, he opted to carry out Mr. Trump’s deal with the Taliban instead of trying to renegotiate it. In so doing, he overruled his top military commanders:
Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East; Gen. Austin Scott Miller, who led NATO forces in Afghanistan; and Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Citing the risks of removing American forces to Afghan security and the U.S. Embassy, they recommended that the U.S. keep 2,500 troops in Afghanistan while stepping up diplomacy to try to cement a peace agreement.
Biden’s logic? (Wait — is that oxymoronic?) Biden said in a statement on Saturday:
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country. And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me.”
False choice, Joe. It wasn’t about one more year, five more years, or 50 more years. It was about how we should withdraw — sooner than later, but without the disaster that you and you alone caused. Sorry, pal, try as you might; you only look weaker — if that’s possible — by cowardly trying to hang it on Trump.
Biden’s condescending Secretary of State, Antony Blinken also tried to blame Trump for Biden’s decision during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” on Sunday, but in a “Flying Pigs Alert” moment, host Jake Tapper — yeah, Jake Tapper — was not having any of it, and took it Blinken to tell him just that.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 15, 2021
“How did President Biden get this so wrong?”, asked Tapper.
“You thought it was entirely likely that the Taliban would be taking over the country, but President Biden [said] just last month, quote, ‘the likelihood the Taliban would be taking over everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.’ He was wrong.”
Blinken tried an end-around:
“What we’ve done, what the president has done, is make sure that we were able to adjust to anything happening on the ground. We had those forces at the ready … in the event that this moved in a direction.”
Tapper snapped back: “Why didn’t you have the troops in there, taking them out?”
Ryan Crocker, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan during the Obama administration and has worked under Democratic as well as Republican presidents, told The Journal he was deeply concerned by Biden’s unforced error:
“I think it is damning for him to have created this situation in his first significant action as commander in chief. “It’s an unforced error, and as an American, I am deeply concerned.”
Lisa Curtis, who served as the top National Security Council official for South and Central Asia during the Trump administration, told The Journal that while a majority of Americans supported a total withdrawal from Afghanistan, she believes those views could change — particularly defending about how much the outside world learns about the Taliban’s treatment of women.
“Americans may have supported a withdrawal from Afghanistan, but views could change if we start to see the Taliban beating women in the streets, preventing girls from going to school, and otherwise dealing brutally with the population as they did in the 1990s, or if we see the re-emergence of a terrorist hotbed, including the arrival of foreign terrorist fighters.”
There is early reason to believe Taliban 2.0 in control vs. Taliban 1.0 in control might be different — in terms of how it attempts to posture with the outside world and how it treats its women and girls — in public.
At least until the rest of the world stops paying close attention, that is.
But let’s not fool ourselves — as did Nancy Pelosi in a ridiculous statement on Sunday morning, praising Biden for his — wait for it — “clarity of purpose.” (I’ll wait while you finish laughing.)
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 15, 2021
OK, here’s a snippet:
“I want to acknowledge the clarity of purpose of President Biden’s statement and the wisdom of his actions.”
You’re a fool, Madam Speaker. #ProTip: The Taliban doesn’t give a damn about women’s rights and they don’t give a damn about what the international community thinks about them or what they do.
So as the Democrat Party and liberal media sock puppets continue to spin themselves silly, desperately trying to put lipstick on the “Biden’s Saigon” pig, remember gang: It was never about whether to stay; it was always about how to leave.