Move over, Barack “I killed Osama bin Laden” Obama. There’s a new celebrant in chief in town. And his name is Joe Biden. Never mind the teeny issue about vowing on multiple occasions to “stay” in Afghanistan until every American citizen has been rescued; let the victory laps begin.
Wait — they already have.
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) August 31, 2021
Anyone who is remotely familiar with Biden’s nearly 50 years in Washington D.C. shouldn’t be the least bit surprised by his propensity — make that his desperate need — to get on his best Barney Fife vibe and “pretend” he’s done things he hasn’t done, plagiarize entire speeches — passionately so, before he became the confused mumbling husk who dodders up to his teleprompter, reads what he’s supposed to say, and hopefully doesn’t say things he’s not supposed to say — and claim “victory” where victory does not exist.
Yep, America — this is classic Joe Biden.
Just four days after a horrific terrorist attack in Kabul that left 13 U.S. service members and more than 170 Afghan men, women, and children dead — and obscenely, only 24 hours after he was shuttled off to Dover Air Force Base to officially accept the remains of those 13 fallen Americans, for whose deaths he and he alone was responsible — Biden released an official White House statement, launching his new schtick and pimping an address he will deliver to a reeling nation on Wednesday afternoon in which he will undoubtedly pat himself on the back even more exuberantly than he already has.
The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history. They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.
My full statement: https://t.co/kfLkzQtEzp
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 30, 2021
Here are a few surrealist excerpts from Biden’s Monday statement:
The past 17 days have seen our troops execute the largest airlift in US history, evacuating over 120,000 US citizens, citizens of our allies, and Afghan allies of the United States. They have done it with unmatched courage, professionalism, and resolve. Now, our 20-year military presence in Afghanistan has ended.
Tomorrow afternoon, I will address the American people on my decision not to extend our presence in Afghanistan beyond August 31. For now, I will report that it was the unanimous recommendation of the Joint Chiefs and of all of our commanders on the ground to end our airlift mission as planned.
Their view was that ending our military mission was the best way to protect the lives of our troops, and secure the prospects of civilian departures for those who want to leave Afghanistan in the weeks and months ahead.sds
Bizarrely, he then urged all Americans to join him in “grateful prayer.”
For now, I urge all Americans to join me in grateful prayer tonight for three things.
First, for our troops and diplomats who carried out this mission of mercy in Kabul and at tremendous risk with such unparalleled results: an airlift that evacuated tens of thousands more people than any imagined possible.
Second, to the network of volunteers and veterans who helped identify those needing evacuation, guide them to the airport, and provide support along the way. And third, to everyone who is now – and who will – welcome our Afghan allies to their new homes around the world, and in the United States.
“Finally” (his “third thing”), Biden said, “I want to end with a moment of gratitude for the sacrifice of the 13 service members in Afghanistan who gave their lives last week to save tens of thousands,” before reading the names of the fallen.
Who does that? With integrity and a clear conscience, I mean? Who has the unmitigated gall to release a statement like that, as if “the last 17 days” had not happened — and he had not, just 24 hours earlier, seen those 13 flag-draped coffins?
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 30, 2021
Young American service members who should not be dead are dead. Nearly 200 Afghan men, women, and children who should not be dead are dead. Taliban thugs are reportedly going door-to-door, arresting and executing innocent Afghans suspected of working for America and/or the toppled Afghan government.
And the most obscene part of all? It didn’t have to be this way.
But it is “this way.” And one man alone is responsible.
From senior US source: house-to-house executions in Kabul following US mil departure. There are no words for what this administration has done to all of us – Afghan and American. pic.twitter.com/KzbLALKxGy
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) August 30, 2021
National Review Online’s Harsanyi perhaps said it best:
This is like celebrating the Titanic’s sinking as the most successful lifeboat rescue mission in history.
Bingo. Afghanistan might be Biden’s Titanic but Biden is not Captain Edward Smith. “Captain” Biden abandoned his ship.
This is like celebrating the Titanic’s sinking as the most successful lifeboat rescue mission in history. https://t.co/wTkBPpJknY
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) August 30, 2021
And that apparent broken promise?
As reported by Fox News, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, said on Monday evening that American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan remained in the country. “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” he admitted.
How many? Excellent question — which leads to another:
How did we go from a reported 15 thousand or more Americans trapped behind Taliban lines, with all hell breaking loose at or near the Kabul airport, to what a senior State Department official told Fox News on Monday is now a “small number” of Americans left in Afghanistan?
The official put the number of Americans at “below 250,” adding that some additional Americans have departed Afghanistan in recent hours.
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) August 31, 2021
Can someone explain this whole thing to me, please?
Other than Biden or one of his flying monkeys, I mean — every one of whom I trust about as much as I’d trust Michael Moore not to eat a bag of McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese if asked him to watch it for me while I was out of the room for 15 minutes.
The Bottom Line
Simply put, Joe Biden personifies the worst of partisan politics; the belief that self-aggrandizement and “winning” — at any cost — always justify any means to a non-negotiable end. Integrity, honor, and, in this case, “a few” American lives, be damned. Or, put more tactfully, “are expendable.”
Let me be clear. I’m not suggesting the alternative to Biden’s debacle was remaining in Afghanistan, let alone in perpetuity. Hell, a strong argument exists that we should have stuck to the original mission of destroying Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda and never engaged in a larger war from the outset.
What I am talking about is Biden’s ill-conceived withdrawal, based solely on political expediency — haphazardly executed and prosecuted in a manner opposed by multiple high-ranking military leaders and former leaders, as well others. (See: “Bagram,” “American citizens first, military last.”)
And now? Simply put, nobody knows.
What we do know is a brutal Islamist extremist terrorist organization with roots in the 7th century and a bloodthirsty penchant for committing unspeakable atrocities against those it deems have committed unforgivable sins against its warped image of Allah — including burning women alive, and going door-to-door, forcibly taking girls as young as TWELVE as “sex slave wives” — now has total control over a large piece of real estate strategically nestled between China and Iran. We also know that once again — and rapidly so — Afghanistan is becoming the launchpad for international terrorists who will no doubt follow America home, as well as pose a grave threat to much of the rest of the Western world.
Nice job, Joe.