[Ed. – There’s a paper trail for the allies’ complaints that they were relying on us to keep order in Kabul as the drawdown progressed. Apparently Biden promised we would do just that. This seems to have been at the G7 summit.]
Our allies are infuriated and for good reason: we kept them in the dark. Well, Biden did. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to reach Biden for hours. He ignored him for over 36 hours. And now we know why members of NATO are so mad at Biden. He totally lied to them. In June, he promised them that US forces would remain to keep the situation stable in Afghanistan as NATO withdrew its forces. The UK thought they could keep their embassy open as a result. Well, flashforward to August and it’s the wasteland from Mad Max.
Huge story… leaked memo shows Biden promised Boris Johnson and G7 leaders in June that the US would maintain enough of a security presence in Afghanistan that they would keep Kabul safe — then failed to keep that commitment https://t.co/ZdJvGxFjma
— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) August 20, 2021