In Joe Biden’s address to the American people on Monday, he affirmed that “I am president of the United States of America, and the buck stops with me.” Granted, his self-defenestration might have sounded more convincing had it not come after his blaming the fall of Afghanistan on everyone else from Donald Trump to “Afghanistan political leaders” who “gave up and fled the country” to the “Afghan military,” which “collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.”
In the wake of Biden’s cataclysmic decision to go forward with his ill-fated plan, he is receiving flak from all quarters of the ideological spectrum. “Congressional outcry over the Biden’s administration’s handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s takeover of the country has been swift,” writes NPR, adding:
Criticism of the administration was bipartisan: Republicans were scathing about the White House’s actions, and Democrats, while acknowledging that President Biden was carrying out the policies of his predecessor, criticized the haphazard manner of the U.S. withdrawal.
As American voters, media, and the political class decide whose head should roll, a new scapegoat has emerged in the person of Kamala Harris. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, Harris confidently boasted that she was the “last person in the room” before Biden gave the withdrawal order.
Here is the money portion of the interview:
Dana Bash: Were you the last person in the room?
Kamala Harris: Yes.
Bash: And you feel comfortable?
Harris: I do. And I’m going to add to that. This is a president who has an extraordinary amount of courage. He is someone, who I have seen over and over again, make decisions based on what he truly believes — based on his years of doing this work and studying these issues, what he truly believes is the right thing to do. And I’m going to tell you something about him. He is acutely aware that it may not be politically popular or advantageous for him personally. It’s really something to see. And I wish that the American public could see sometimes what I see, because, ultimately — and the decision always rests with him, but I have seen him over and over again make decisions based exactly on what he believes is right, regardless of what maybe the political people tell him is in his best selfish interest.
But as Sunday wore on, and it became clear that the “Biden plan” was going to be quite the bold strategy Harris had envisioned, he went suddenly dark. With Biden still “on vacation” at Camp David, Harris was urged to address the American people on the rapidly metastasizing mess in Afghanistan — and adamantly refused. According to a still-unconfirmed secondhand report by Kyle Becker of Becker News, Harris could be heard screaming at administration staff members, They will not pin this s*** on me!’