Retired General Jack Keane on U.S.-Afghan alliance: Biden ‘not telling the whole story’

Fox News analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) ripped President Joe Biden for throwing U.S. allies in Afghanistan under the proverbial bus. Biden , he says, is not “telling the whole story” about Afghan forces and he accused the president of delivering several factually inaccurate statements about the “chaos and debacle” in the now-Taliban-controlled country during his speech yesterday.

In a phone interview with Fox’s News’ Neil Cavuto on Monday, Keane took issue with the president’s claims.

“I would like to point out a couple of factual errors in those remarks that deal with his defense of his decision,” said Keane. “When he’s saying that the Afghans are not willing to fight, that’s not telling the whole story.”

“Since the Afghans have been fighting the ground war in Afghanistan since 2014, and we’ve been providing air support and intelligence and in other words enablers for them to do that, they have suffered over 50,000 casualties. And in every one of those seven years they have pushed back successfully on the Taliban offensive that’s occurred every year, at a cost of themselves,” he continued. “What happened this year is the United States said to the Afghan Security Forces and to their government that we are no longer willing to support your efforts. We are pulling away from you.”

The reason for the colossal and now-deadly failure, he argues, is the sudden absence of U.S. support, particularly air support.

Keane offered, “The Afghans have fought in the past. They are not a strong military by any means and anybody who’s been in Afghanistan knows that. But with us enablers what we were able to achieve was a stalemate.”

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Of the Afghan forces, Keane added, “They have fought, and they certainly have suffered.”

In a separate appearance on “Fox and Friends,” the senior strategic analyst elaborated:

“It’s a sad, frustrating moment to watch an ill-conceived — and I emphasize ill-conceived, hasty withdrawal — turn into what is now an embarrassing retreat. And why is that? Well, the IG from the Pentagon just reported the Taliban offensive began in May of this year, a month after President Biden made the announcement that we were pulling all U.S. troops out by August 31. The Taliban knew full well that the United States, in that short period of time, had to close seven military bases, that the focus of the U.S. leadership and its troops would be on just that. No time and no resources to help the Afghan security forces during a major Taliban offensive. And by that I mean sustained, decisive air support, which they always had in the past, to stop normal Taliban offensives that occur in that period of time.”

 

He reasoned that it was a fool’s errand to try and withdraw during the traditional fighting season, suggesting that it would have been far better to expedite troop withdrawals, as well as the evacuation of now-doomed allies and refugees, in wintertime.

“Warfare in Afghanistan is seasonal. They start in the spring and it ends in the fall. And the Taliban pack up their bags and go to Pakistan during the winter. So why are we doing a withdrawal right in the middle of the fighting season, in the heart of it? The withdrawal should have been done during, what? The winter.” the general protested.

But perhaps the 20-plus-year commitment in Afghanistan – seemingly all for naught in the blink of an eye – raises fewer questions about recent tactical failures than it does about America’s role in world affairs, and Joe Biden’s 40-plus years of being congenitally wrong on just about everything, especially foreign policy.

Frank Webster

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