Remember when President Joe Biden gave remarks at the White House in which he said the Taliban’s retaking of Afghanistan occurred “more quickly than we anticipated?” Well, you might be shocked to find out he wasn’t entirely honest about what his administration knew before the withdrawal of troops began.
During his speech, the president indicated that part of the reason why the Taliban managed to regain large swaths of territory was that “Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country” and because “the Afghan military collapsed.” However, while this might be true, the underlying narrative does not pass the smell test.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee called BS on Biden’s claims. In a tweet, he wrote:
“This administration was specifically told Afghan forces would surrender faster than our ability to exit. They decided to ignore these warnings & smugly tell everyone how smart & brilliant they are.”
What a bunch of crap
This administration was specifically told Afghan forces would surrender faster than our ability to exit.
They decided to ignore these warnings & smugly tell everyone how smart & brilliant they are https://t.co/ie4nMG1GIX
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 16, 2021
Members of the intelligence community defended themselves from implications that they did not provide the White House with the information it needed to plan for a smoother transition. A senior intelligence official told the Washington Examiner that they had “noted the troubling trend lines in Afghanistan for some time, with the Taliban at its strongest, militarily, since 2001.” The individuals said that “strategically, a rapid Taliban takeover was always a possibility.”
While the report acknowledges that the definition of “rapid” was not given, the official insisted:
The question all along was whether the Afghan government and military would be cohesive enough and have the willpower needed to exercise its military capabilities to resist the Taliban. As the Taliban advanced, they ultimately met with little resistance.
Other officials have echoed this sentiment. One intelligence official told ABC News that “no one listened” when they told the administration “it would take no time at all for the Taliban to take everything.”
Yet another official said:
The intelligence community assessment has always been accurate; they just disregarded it.
So, there you have it. The Biden administration was given fair warning about the likelihood that a resurgent Taliban would easily regain the territory it lost almost 20 years ago and it failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate the movements of the terrorist organization.
Now, we have thousands of Americans trapped in Afghanistan, unable to get to the Kabul airport because of Taliban checkpoints. In fact, John Kirby, a Defense Department spokesman, admitted the number could be up to 10,000. Meanwhile, the terrorists are actively searching door-to-door for westerners and Afghans who assisted the US military.
WATCH: There could be up to *10,000* Americans still stuck in #Afghanistan trying to get out, but DOD spokesman John Kirby admits the Biden administration doesn't really know.
Unconscionable that Biden pulled out so rapidly that it left thousands of Americans in this situation. pic.twitter.com/6DP354SSrC
— John Cooper (@thejcoop) August 17, 2021
Even further, there seems to be a chance that the Afghans who put their lives on the line to assist the US military as translators and in other capacities might not be transported out of the country. These individuals will be vulnerable to deadly retaliation from the Taliban after the US has completed its withdrawal.
This revelation is yet another development demonstrating how badly the administration mishandled the withdrawal. The process has been so thoroughly fouled up that it might make one nervous about what other shoe might drop.