With Kabul on brink Biden blames Trump, sends 5,000 troops, ‘begs’ Taliban to wait on US evacuation

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Having captured every major city in Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents reportedly began marching into the Afghan capital of Kabul early Sunday morning, EST, and according to President Joe Biden, the blame for this rested squarely with his predecessor.

In a statement issued Saturday, the president essentially made the case that the unfolding catastrophe in Afghanistan is the fault of former President Donald Trump.

“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces,” the president claimed in an attempt to pass the buck.

In other words, he had no option but to withdraw troops and let the Taliban retake the entire country because of the timeline established by Trump and the Taliban.

He added that he’s now deploying 5,000 troops (note that to “deploy” is the antonym of to “withdraw”) “to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel.”

However, it seems it’s already too late for that …

Moreover, Biden failed to mention that he already broke the agreed-upon timeline months ago — and, more importantly, that the Taliban had explicitly warned him beforehand that consequences would be doled out were he to indeed break it.

“If the agreement [with Trump] is breached and foreign forces fail to exit our country on the specified date, problems will certainly be compounded and those whom failed to comply with the agreement will be held liable,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid had tweeted in mid-April.

Look:

Biden ignored this warning, and now it appears he’s being “held liable.”

Worse, it seems he’s chosen to respond to the Taliban’s liability program with Obama-like weakness by literally begging the Taliban for mercy.

Observe:

This fits a pattern of constant weakness that Trump has argued wouldn’t have been present had he won the 2020 presidential election.

“[I]f I were now president, the world would find that our withdrawal from Afghanistan would be a conditions-based withdrawal,” the former president said in a statement Thursday.

“I personally had discussions with top Taliban leaders whereby they understood what they are doing now would not have been acceptable. It would have been a much different and much more successful withdrawal, and the Taliban understood that much better than anyone.”

Trump era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the existence of this “conditions-based” approach during an appearance on Fox News later that evening.

“We had conditions attached to how we were thinking about this withdrawal. I was part of those negotiations. I was also in the room when President Trump made very clear to … the senior Taliban negotiator that if you threaten an American, if you scared an American, certainly if you hurt an American, we would bring all American power to bear to make sure that we went to your village, to your house,” he said.

“We were very clear about the things that we were prepared to do to protect American lives. And indeed, since we began those negotiations back in February, 2020, there wasn’t a single American killed by the Taliban. We had established a deterrence model.”

From the looks of it, Biden chose to abandon deterrence in favor of appeasement.

In fact, even Obama-era U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, a staunch anti-Trump critic, sees the writing on the wall.

Though he too personally blames Trump for the withdrawal, even he has admitted that perception-wise, 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,'” Crocker said Friday to The Washington Post.

But in fairness, Biden’s officials also bear blame.

After initially predicting that the capital of Kabul would withstand the Taliban for a couple months, they were forced to admit this weekend that it would likely in fact only hold strong for 72 hours, tops.

The stunning “incompetence” has left some wondering why. While there’s no clear answer, there are theories …

Vivek Saxena

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