The list is getting long. So far, Joe Biden has denied — only to be contradicted by his own administration — that:
- Al Qaeda is still in Afghanistan and, hence, a potential threat to national security.
- People on the ground are “being killed right now” in Afghanistan.
- His own “top military advisors warned against withdrawing on this timeline,” recommending instead that the U.S. retain about 2,500 troops.
- There was no way to withdraw the remaining U.S. forces without creating the disaster the world is now witnessing.
On Friday, he augmented the list with a biggy, claiming that “he has yet to hear any allies question the credibility of the United States amid the chaotic withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan,” according to The Hill:
I have seen no question of our credibility from our allies around the world. The fact of the matter is I have not seen that. As a matter of fact, the opposite I’ve gotten. The exact opposite. We’re acting with dispatch. We’re acting, committing, doing what we said we would do.
Chris Wallace confronts Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Biden’s “flat wrong” claims on Afghanistan: “Does the president not know what’s going on?” pic.twitter.com/kRewfV3U3S
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Maybe he should read some of the reviews that are coming in from his fellow world leaders. He could start with his pal Angela Merkel, who said of America’s botched withdrawal, “This is a particularly bitter development. Bitter, dramatic and terrible.” Or with France’s Emmanuel Macron who “warned in an address on Monday that ‘Europe alone cannot assume the consequences of the current situation’ and drew ire for saying France must ‘protect itself from a wave of migrants’ from Afghanistan.”
Or with Ian Bremmer, director of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consultancy, who said:
It’s a lack of communications, of honesty, with the American people and with allies around the world who are deeply disappointed with a Biden administration that they felt would be much more multilateral, especially on an issue where the allies have been fighting with the Americans for 20 years now. The decision on how and when to leave was made unilaterally by the Americans, and that’s not the way you treat your allies, frankly.
But the most scathing critique of the bumbling American president’s latest and largest fiasco comes from a former UK commander in Afghanistan, who stated, contrary to Republican House members who are calling for Biden’s impeachment, that he should instead be court-martialed: