The word “mishandle” seems to come up a lot when discussing the Biden administration. It seems the president and his team are incapable of managing problems without completely fouling them up.
Plenty of examples demonstrate the White House’s apparent ineptitude. But the most glaring – and recent – is President Joe Biden’s inability to facilitate what should have been a smooth withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden received a seemingly unending stream of praise from those who grew weary of the Afghanistan war when he declared we would be finally ending our 20-year engagement in the region. However, nobody could have foreseen how badly the White House would mismanage the affair.
For starters, President Joe Biden made a grievous error when he assured the nation that the withdrawal from Afghanistan would not be similar to America’s withdrawal from Vietnam. He waved off concerns about another Saigon incident, telling the public that the Taliban “is not … the North Vietnamese army,” and that “they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability.”
Now, it has been revealed that the president made these remarks despite being warned by the intelligence community that the Taliban could easily retake the country at a “rapid” pace. Indeed, on Monday, Biden admitted that his team underestimated the pace at which the resurgent terrorist group would regain control amid the withdrawal of American troops.
Since the administration was not prepared for the quick Taliban takeover, they were also not ready to deal with the thousands of Afghans who swarmed the Kabul airport in a desperate attempt to escape from the incoming regime. This prevented some flights from leaving. In one instance, Afghans attempted to stow away on one of the airplanes by holding onto its landing gear as it took off. Footage showed these people falling from the plane while it was in flight.
To make matters worse, we have now learned that up to 10,000 Americans are stranded in Afghanistan, unable to travel to Kabul’s airport due to Taliban checkpoints. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Taliban operatives are going door-to-door to search for westerners and Afghans who allied with the U.S. military. However, on Tuesday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated that the Taliban have agreed to allow “safe passage” for civilians attempting to flee the nation. However, we cannot simply take the terrorist group at their word.
Even Biden’s allies are questioning his handling of the evacuation. Before Biden gave his speech on Monday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) indicated he wished to know “why we weren’t better prepared for a worst-case scenario involving such a swift and total collapse of the Afghan government and security forces.”
Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis blamed members of the president’s team for the fiasco, insisting that they “failed him across the board.” He continued:
Not only should his national security adviser and his secretary of state be fired immediately, but anyone who let this national disgrace happen should be fired. … Biden either makes immediate changes or he may not have much of a presidency left after this.
Even noted Republican squish Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) mustered up some criticism for the president. The senator pointed out that “our choice was not between a hasty and ill-prepared retreat or staying forever.” He added:
The decision to place a higher priority on a political promise than on the lives of innocent men, women and children is a stain on America’s reputation and undermines our credibility around the world.
It remains to be seen how much worse the evacuation will get under Biden. But this is not the only issue his administration has bungled.
The migrant crisis is still an issue – and it’s getting even worse. The White House just recently started taking steps to decrease the flow of illegal immigrants over the southern border. But it appears the damage is already done and Americans should not expect to see any progress on this front until 2024.
The administration’s handling of the economy is also an issue. Jobless numbers are decreasing, but this is primarily due to states canceling the enhanced federal unemployment benefits which incentivized people to stay home. The rebounding economy will not be attributed to Biden, who has done little to facilitate its recovery. Moreover, inflation continues to remain a serious issue.
President Joe Biden can add the Afghanistan withdrawal to his ever-growing list of failures. The situation becomes more daunting when we remember that he has not even completed the first year of his presidency yet. If he lasts that long, this president has slightly over three more years to set the country back. The prospects for positive developments don’t look any more favorable if Biden resigns and Vice President Kamala Harris takes over. Indeed, they might even be worse.
Hopefully, a Republican victory over one or both chambers of Congress will block much of the damage being done by this administration. But even still, the nation is in for a long ride over the next few years.
But at least we won’t have to worry about mean tweets.