While it’s easy to suggest that Juan Williams is an idiot based on the content of an op-ed he just penned on Afghanistan that The Hill published, there may be more to the story here.
Liberal pundits like Williams, who plies his trade on Fox News, exist primarily to carry water for the Democratic Party and its leaders in Washington, D.C., and with President Joe Biden taking a beating for the spectacular blundering of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, Biden and his party are desperate to redirect the narrative here.
Unfortunately for Democrats, when the debacle is as big as what is now happening in Kabul, that’s like trying to turn an aircraft carrier, and rest assured, Juan Williams is no naval commander.
Which is not to say that he didn’t try to regurgitate Biden’s efforts to focus on getting out of Afghanistan, which most Americans support, rather than the disastrous manner in which the president orchestrated that exit. Having been in the country for more than 20 years, few outside the military-industrial complex would argue that the time to leave came and went long ago.
“Congratulations to President Biden,” Williams wrote. “Last week he gave the most effective, most honest foreign policy speech by an American president in the last 60 years. Biden made no excuses.”
Given the finger-pointing in Biden’s speech, the opening is laughable in and of itself.
“And where the last three presidents kicked the can down the road, refusing to end the U.S. war in Afghanistan — even after more than 2,400 Americans died in that fight — Biden took responsibility. He shut it down,” Williams declared.
Speaking of finger-pointing, Williams followed the president’s lead to blame the Afghan military for folding in the face of the enemy but said nothing about the really bad decision to abandon Bagram Air Base before evacuating Americans first.
But he quickly moved on to target former President Donald Trump and the GOP.
“Now some Republicans are screaming about the humanitarian crisis caused by the return of the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule. And they blame Biden for allowing terrorists to celebrate the U.S. departure from Afghanistan,” Williams said, noting that it “was a Republican president, Donald Trump, who made the deal to withdraw all U.S. troops this year.”
After just praising Biden for deciding to “shut it down,” Williams found fault in Trump for setting that stage. Talk about dense.
Of course, Trump’s efforts came with specific conditions backed by the full force of the U.S. military — and very likely the Taliban’s belief that he would follow through.
Readers are also reminded that “it was a Republican president, George W. Bush, who started the war with an open-ended mission to stabilize the country after the Taliban was kicked out of power,” Williams wrote.
Of course, 20 years later, few Republicans today see GWB as they saw him then. And there’s a growing number in the party not eager to claim him as one of their own.
“The cold, harsh reality is that there was never a good time to leave Afghanistan,” Williams summarized, borrowing from Biden’s claim that there was no way to get out that wouldn’t have been chaotic.
“The idea that somehow, there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden said, during his interview with ABC News.
In conclusion, Williams ended up undermining the purpose of his lift for Democrats when he compared the fall of Afghanistan to the fall of Saigon, effectively confirming that Biden bungled the exit.
“I was a 21-year-old when images of the fall of Saigon and helicopter evacuation flashed across American TV screens,” he closed. “Twenty-six years later, the U.S. went to Afghanistan. Twenty-six years from now, if the U.S. is considering another military adventure into nation-building in a foreign country, I would beg them to heed the lessons of history and refrain from doing it. It will end in tears.”
Not the sharpest tool in the shed, Williams doesn’t realize that he’s aligning himself with Trump and his MAGA army. The “Trump Doctrine” predicates that America is no longer the world’s policeman and we should focus on the growing problems at home.
All the while, we’ve watched Democrats morph into born-again neocons. Strange times.
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