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Former President Donald Trump issued a lengthy statement late Saturday excoriating current President Joe Biden for letting the Taliban run U.S. troops out of Afghanistan.
According to the former president, his administration had established a clear-cut plan built on deterrence to ensure that the Taliban would behave themselves once U.S. troops began withdrawing from the Middle Eastern nation.
But instead of sticking with the plan, Biden set out on his own route — just as he’s done with the situation along the southern U.S. border, much to America’s detriment — and now everyone, from U.S. personnel stationed to Afghanistan, to the Afghans themselves, is paying a steep price for his “weakness” and “incompetence.”
“Joe Biden gets it wrong every time on foreign policy, and many other issues. Everyone knew he couldn’t handle the pressure. Even Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said as much,” Trump’s lengthy statement began.
It’s true that in his 2014 memoir, Gates wrote that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
When later pressed about it in 2019, he chose to stand by his words.
When, in 2019, Robert Gates, who served in Republican and Democratic cabinets, was asked about his statement that Joe Biden ‘has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.’ Plus, he’s too old… https://t.co/bukyp1TIUa pic.twitter.com/bcmkjQQDTI
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 11, 2020
“He ran out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our Administration left for him — a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground,” Trump’s statement continued.
“After I took out ISIS, I established a credible deterrent. That deterrent is now gone. The Taliban no longer has fear or respect for America, or America’s power. What a disgrace it will be when the Taliban raises their flag over America’s Embassy in Kabul. This is complete failure through weakness, incompetence, and total strategy coherence.”
President Donald J. Trump:
“Joe Biden gets it wrong every time on foreign policy, and many other issues. Everyone knew he couldn’t handle the pressure. Even Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said as much. pic.twitter.com/eAmBVRD59I
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 14, 2021
This sentiment isn’t just coming from the president or just the right. It’s coming from all sides, even Biden’s own.
In a discussion Friday with radio show host Rita Cosby, Obama-era CIA Director David Petraeus also called for deterrence and strength.
“We are now in a situation where the Taliban are trying to encircle Kabul – a city of 5 or 6 million – before hundreds of thousands of refugees started flooding into it,” he said.
“If we communicate effectively with the Taliban that they need to halt what they are doing, or we will bring the might of the U.S. military down upon them, we can stop this.”
But again Biden chose to go his own route, and so as of Sunday morning, EST, the Afghan capital of Kabul was effectively in full Taliban control.
“Taliban have entered the city and we are running away. Everyone is afraid.”
This is not a clip from a scary movie, This is the reality in Kabul. Last week the city hosted a film festival & now they running away for their lives. Heartbreaking to watch but the world is do nothing pic.twitter.com/90PzxqLPYE
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) August 15, 2021
Game over. pic.twitter.com/hvluHgr2Rg
— francesca mannocchi (@mannocchia) August 15, 2021
Taliban fighters surround Kabul ‘from all sides’ as panicked civilians prepare for the armed group’s takeover.
Taliban negotiators are discussing a ‘transfer of power’ with Afghan government officials.
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) August 15, 2021
— Ramiz (@RamizReports) August 15, 2021
Even Obama-era U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, a staunch Trump critic, has admitted that Biden’s execution of the withdrawal has been abysmal.
“Of course the Republicans will have a field day with it, but for a whole lot of other Americans, you have to look at what’s happening and think, ‘This is the commander in chief. This is the guy who’s responsible for the security of the nation. And what an incredible mess he’s made of it in his first time out of the blocks,’” he said Friday to The Washington Post.
However, Republicans aren’t having “a field day” with Biden’s tragic bungle. Republicans like Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton are instead ripping their hair out in frustration as they watch the president jeopardize the lives of so many:
The fiasco in Afghanistan wasn’t just predictable, it was predicted. Joe Biden’s ill-planned retreat has now humiliated America and put at risk thousands of Americans left in Kabul.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 14, 2021
At a minimum, President Biden must unleash American air power to destroy every Taliban fighter in the vicinity of Kabul until we can save our fellow Americans. Anything less will further confirm Joe Biden’s impotence to the world.https://t.co/9uwC4XTxO2
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 14, 2021
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