Gen. Jack Keane Blasts Biden's 'Embarrassing Retreat' From Afghanistan, Offers an Alternative

Emilio Morenatti

Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane blamed the Biden administration’s “hasty withdrawal” from Afghanistan for the Taliban’s takeover of large swaths of the country, on Friday, visibly frustrated as he told “Fox & Friends” the “ill-conceived” agenda has become a foreign policy “embarrassment” for the White House. The retired four-star general, former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, also suggested how the withdrawal should have been carried out.


“It’s a sad, frustrating moment to watch,” Keane said. Via the Fox News transcript:

“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.”

As Gen. Keane continued to analyze what is rapidly becoming “Biden’s Saigon,” it became more and more clear that the hasty withdrawal was doomed to fail from the beginning.


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. And we should have extended our withdrawal out until sometime next year to get all of that done and make certain that as the Taliban offensive came this year, we were able to provide the resources to counter that offensive.”

Does anyone not named Joe Biden fail to understand that the Taliban have taken advantage of his naivete?

Just me, or does Gen. Keane’s analysis — particularly his suggestions about how a plan should have been conceived, not only make sense but also seem rudimentary — as in you’d think even the Biden administration should have been able to figure it out? Wait. Never mind — based on every other decision these hapless people have made since day one.

Meanwhile, the administration frantically continues to put more and more lipstick on the pig.

As the situation on the ground rapidly deteriorates, with the Taliban gobbling up provincial capital after provincial capital and large swaths of the country, the State Department on Thursday ridiculously insisted it’s “not an evacuation,” even as Team Biden did a quick about-face and announced it was sending 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to assist in the “non-evacuation,” as my colleague Nick Arama reported.


The bottom line.

There is a difference between leaving Afghanistan in a sensible, orderly fashion — including during the rainy season when the fighting ceases, vs. the middle of the fighting season — and haphazardly leaving with virtually no plan.

The scale of ruthless, unspeakable retribution against innocent men, women, and children has already begun — with two goals in mind:

1. Punish the people of Afghanistan for cooperating with America during the war.

2. Most importantly, teach the wonderful people to NEVER DO IT AGAIN.

We live in a hyperpartisan, polarized America, these days, in which vicious and unfounded accusations and unwarranted ad hominem attacks are tossed around without so much as a second thought.

That said, the carnage has already begun. Unimaginable sins committed against young girls have returned. And the blood of untold numbers of innocent Afghani men, women, and children is already on the hands of the current occupant of the White House.

As Gen. Jack Keane said, it didn’t have to be this way. Look, we know Biden lacks the mental acuity to make his own decisions. That’s been clear since the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign.


But those who advised him to take the actions he has taken in Afghanistan? Assured him that everything would work out just fine? Heads should roll. Will they? Of course, not.


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