Biden’s speech about the mess that is unfolding in Afghanistan has inspired a lot of commentary, rightfully so. If you saw the speech, then you watched in horror as Biden pulled out the classic straw man excuse. In his mind, anyone who sees fault with this withdrawal wanted to stay in Afghanistan.
“It is possible that there were options other than fighting in Afghanistan forever and a poorly executed withdrawal,” Jonathan Allen tweeted. We could not agree with him more. Allen makes a solid point here. Biden wants people to think that his hands were tied and that this was the only choice that he had.
It is possible that there were options other than fighting in Afghanistan forever and a poorly executed withdrawal.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) August 16, 2021
Nothing could have been further from the truth. Even CNN has gotten on Biden’s case and that’s a sight for sore eyes. Before the speech was even aired, Jake Tapper decided to call Biden out. He said that Biden had been warned for some time that the nation would fall back into the hands of the Taliban in short order.
The fact that he proceeded with this terrible plan even though he was told otherwise shows a serious amount of ineptitude. The incompetence that he displayed here is staggering but it is par for the course. Tapper was not done knocking Biden around for his lack of smarts, either.
CNN's Jake Tapper calls the Biden admin's handling of Afghanistan "a clear indication of inept planning." pic.twitter.com/JHsSY8Iyl0
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 16, 2021
Once the speech was over, he went right back to talking about his epic fail. “The president said that the buck stopped with him but in fact the speech was full of finger-pointing and blame, especially for the Afghans,” said Tapper. He is 100 percent right about that. Biden is not here to accept blame, he is here to make sure that everyone else is forced to do so.
BREAKING: As the Taliban takes over the civilian side of the Kabul airport, Richard Engel says "I don't believe that the U.S. was as surprised as it is claiming." #MTPDaily@RichardEngel: "This was absolutely predictable. … People were warning from here. I spoke to them." pic.twitter.com/7y80sSXWAP
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) August 16, 2021
That’s all he cares about. We are sure that the left is also looking for a way to lay the blame for this at the feet of Donald Trump. Biden could make a decision completely independently of anything that has happened before him and the liberals will still find a way to pin it on someone else.
“He did not really get into or accept any blame for the catastrophic exit that we have been watching on television for the past several days,” added Tapper. While Biden’s speech was not the best, he’s got his supporters and they were all willing to tow the company line. What do these people gain from any of this? It’s an honest question.
“Brutally honest. Accepts responsibility. The best speech under the circumstances. Now better damn well get those people out,” Jennifer Rubin tweeted. That’s what happens when you are willing to drink the Biden Kool-Aid, even after it has gone bad. As Tapper correctly pointed out, there is no way that Biden can plead ignorance on this issue.
He had to know what was coming, regardless of what he tells his voting base. “I know people were telling him or were telling their superiors through the chain of command…that if the US pulled the carpet…that things would collapse,” said Richard Engel of MSNBC. That’s not all that Engel had to say about this entirely avoidable quagmire.
“This was absolutely predictable and I don’t exactly believe that nobody could have foreseen this…that no one was warned. People were warning from here. I spoke to them,” Engel continued. On the bright side, this disaster has been awful enough to keep people from wanting to defend Biden too much, outside of his final remaining loyalists. That’s a win in and of itself.
The loyal Democrats who remain have now changed their tune. They are now claiming that this is not going to matter the next time that there is a general election. We are not so sure about this. Biden cannot allow the Taliban to go on a murder spree and expect to have the same support that he once did. It is foolish on his part to think anything different but he’s a foolish old man…..so anything is possible!