Joey Jones blasts Biden for cowering and deflecting while veterans wonder if they’ve been ‘betrayed’

Retired Marine Corps bomb technician Johnny ‘Joey’ Jones stated on “The Five” Friday that veterans are wondering if they were betrayed by President Biden who “cowers” and fails to provide leadership when service members are putting their lives on the line.

“It’s not about blaming Biden for the crisis. We can talk about that. It’s about being a leader,” Jones bluntly stated. “Strong leaders make bad decisions. Every good leader makes a bad decision… but they lead through it.”

“As a leader, President Biden cowers. He blames Afghans, he blames Trump and he blames his own generals – He says the ‘buck stops with me’, I took the consensus decision – You know how you pivot right out of that. You don’t look like a strong leader,” Jones contended, noting that leadership is directly related to taking responsibility, not putting the blame on others.

Jones lost both legs while fighting in Afghanistan during his tours during the war. He sat down with other veterans to get their thoughts on the bloody, catastrophic withdrawal that Biden orchestrated later in the segment. In the wake of the drawdown, 13 U.S. service members lost their lives in a bombing near the Kabul airport. The veterans spoke of feeling a terrific loss over those deaths and the betrayal of their president in the process. Their anger was palpable.

(Video Credit: Fox News | The Five)

Jones commented that Biden “yelled his way” through his “victory speech” doubling down on being right as Afghanistan fell to terrorists. That fact alone alienated Americans and did not convey the severity of the situation or how to handle it. It also did not inspire confidence in the commander-in-chief.

“It’s not just the fact that we pulled out of Afghanistan. It’s not just the fact that we have a 20-year war that we get to claim failure on. It’s the posture,” Jones remarked concerning Biden’s stance and justifications for his actions. He also pointed out that Biden’s military leaders need to be held responsible and answer for their decisions and their roles in the Afghanistan mess.

“You have a Marine general sit there and say the Taliban are our partners,” he noted, referring to CENTCOM Commander Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie Jr.

“You have the entire administration almost saying one thing and doing another – then you have about 22 million veterans that go ‘Wow. Were we betrayed? What happened here?’ — You have to understand the tone and tenor of the men and women that fought this war in order to end it. [Biden] doesn’t,” Jones sharply and emphatically stated.

Former Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) also commented that the Afghanistan crisis has resonated with Americans despite the left-wing media trying to spin it in Biden’s favor because the war lasted for 20-years and cost the lives of 2,300 brave American men and women.

“In Afghanistan… the media had to report the story. So as they report it, they see it’s an utter failure. 13 service members died, they see billions left in our equipment. To Joey’s point, we look at leadership. You want leaders to change course with the facts on the ground,” Duffy asserted.

(Video Credit: Fox News | The Five)


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