It is not an overstatement to suggest that today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on last month’s Afghanistan debacle was an epic cluster for the Biden administration on every level that matters.
Here are key things that were unequivocally confirmed during today’s proceedings:
1) There are still Americans trapped in Afghanistan. Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin claimed it was “fewer than 100” and that “we’re still working” to get the remaining Americans out who want to leave. He also noted that the U.S. “did not get out all our Afghan allies enrolled in a special immigrant visa program.”
2) Joe Biden was advised by some of his top generals including Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, CENTCOM Commander, to keep a small force of 2,500 American troops in Afghanistan. This directly contradicts prior claims made by President Biden. And with his non-answers, Lloyd Austin, too, backed up McKenzie’s statement.
3) According to McKenzie, Biden was indeed advised that the Afghanistan army could collapse if the U.S. withdrew in full, a claim that contradicted both Biden’s and Gen. Mark Milley’s previous assertions.
4) Per Milley and Austin, the request from Joe Biden as to an assessment on whether or not we should keep a small presence in Afghanistan beyond August 31st did not come until August 25th, 10 days after Kabul fell to the Taliban.
The testimony we heard today was a devastating indictment of the Biden administration’s horribly botched handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, so much so that the gaslighting has already started – not just by members of his administration, but by Democrat apologists in the media who are desperate to absolve Biden of any wrongdoing going into the 2022 midterms.
As evidence, here’s White House press secretary Jen Psaki insulting everyone’s intelligence by being dishonest about what Joe Biden said during the now-infamous ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos:
As @POTUS told ABC, ending the war in Afghanistan was in our national interest. He said advice was split, but consensus of top military advisors was 2500 troops staying meant escalation due to deal by the previous admin. @SecDef, the Chairman, and GEN McKenzie all reiterated.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) September 28, 2021
Facts don’t care about your feelings, Ms. Psaki. Here’s the relevant part of the transcript:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But your top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline. They wanted you to keep about 2,500 troops.
BIDEN: No, they didn’t. It was split. Tha– that wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.
STEPHANOPOULOS: They didn’t tell you that they wanted troops to stay?
BIDEN: No. Not at — not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?
BIDEN: No. No one said that to me that I can recall. Look, George, the reason why it’s been stable for a year is because the last president said, “We’re leaving. And here’s the deal I wanna make with you, Taliban. We’re agreeing to leave if you agree not to attack us between now and the time we leave on May the 1st.”
And then there was CNN “reporter” Jim Sciutto, doing his best clown impersonation by yelling “bbbbbbut Trump” because that’s all CNN knows how to do:
More: “After further discussions regarding the risks associated with such a withdrawal, the order
was rescinded. On 17 November we received an order to reduce troop levels to 2,500 plus
enabling forces no later than 15 January.”
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) September 28, 2021
Maybe someone could alert Jim that Trump isn’t POTUS anymore and had nothing to do with this fiasco? Whoever does, make sure you follow up with a wellness check in a few hours because the hurt feelings and pouting will be strong.
The bottom line is that regardless of the White House’s and media’s proclamations to the contrary, facts matter here. And they do not look good for this administration at all. The sadder part is that there will be no resignations over this even though the evidence is overwhelming that Joe Biden lied and innocent people – including 13 U.S. service members – died.