President Joe Biden, who finally came out of hiding to answer the disaster that occurred on his watch in Afghanistan, refused to answer any questions from press after reading a short statement on the chaos.
Biden returned to the White House Monday amid growing pressure to address the unfolding events. Biden spent much of his pointing blame at others, including past administrations and Afghanistan’s military forces for the situation in the country.
While Americans are desperate for answers as to why the president allowed such a massive failure to occur, Joe Biden chose instead to ignore the shouts of reporters attempting to question him – deciding instead to head back to Camp David to resume his vacation.
“It is wrong to order American troops to step up when Afghanistan’s own armed forces would not,” Biden said of the collapse of the Afghan military, a fighting force Biden assured Americans last was prepared for the absence of the U.S. military.
Biden assured Americans that he “squarely stand’s behind” his decision to leave Afghanistan, though he admitted that the pace of the Taliban’s offensive did catch his administration off guard.
“This did unfold more quickly than we anticipated,” Biden said, noting that the U.S. “could not provide them with the will to fight for that future.”
The president then directed his attention to the Taliban, telling Americans he has communicated that the U.S. will use force if the group attempts to disrupt the evacuation mission at Kabul’s airport.
“We have made it clear to the Taliban. If they attack our personnel or disrupt our operation, the U.S. presence will be swift and the response will be swift and forceful,” Biden said.
The president then returned to Camp David after having only spent about less than four hours back in Washington.
Many pointed out that Biden’s finger pointing was a contradiction of a key campaign promise he made to “take responsibility” as commander-in-chief and not “blame others.”
“It’s hard to believe this has to be said, but unlike this president, I’ll do my job and take responsibility,” Biden wrote in June 2020. “I won’t blame others. And I’ll never forget that the job isn’t about me — it’s about you.”
When pressed for comment, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates points out how Biden also said, “the buck stops with me.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted in defense of the president’s remarks, saying Biden “made clear that he will not ask Americans to fight and and die in a war that the Afghan military is not willing to fight for itself.”
Meanwhile, U.S. troops remaining in the hostile territory have been forced to defend themselves against Taliban attackers at the Kabul airport, the headquarters for U.S. evacuation efforts.
“U.S. troops shot and killed two armed men at Kabul’s international airport, according to a U.S. official. The armed men, who numbered at least two, approached U.S. troops deployed to the airport to provide security and assist Americans and other individuals in a safe departure from Afghanistan, the official said. Few details were available about how things transpired between the U.S. troops and the armed men, who weren’t identified,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
Along with its embassy personnel and diplomatic officials, the United States is also working to extract American citizens in Afghanistan and thousands of refugee visa holders. The Department of Defense is preparing to house up to 30,000 Afghan refugees at military bases in the U.S.
An unknown number of Americans are reportedly trapped behind Taliban checkpoints with no clear way to get to the airport for evacuation, according to Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s office.
The senator’s office also told New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman that they have been receiving calls from United States citizens trapped behind Taliban checkpoints, even as the U.S. State Department is demanding the Taliban allow foreign nationals to leave the country.
With all of this, the U.S. is increasingly desperate for effective leadership as now, even those who voted for Joe Biden, have witnessed his incompetence first-hand and have grown to regret their decision as a result.
Author: Henry Shumane