I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea for Joe Biden to do the interview yesterday with George Stephanopoulos.
Because anyone with sense probably should have said no. I’m guessing it was, in fact, Joe himself who wanted to do it, thinking Stephanopoulos would be a kind interviewer and he could convince people of how right he was. That’s how delusional he is at this point. That’s why he was so combative and defensive in the interview.
But during the interview, Joe Biden said that no one could have expected that the Taliban would take over the country so fast.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But if there’s no good time, if you know you’re gonna have to leave eventually, why not have th– everything in place to make sure Americans could get out, to make sure our Afghan allies get out, so we don’t have these chaotic scenes in Kabul?
BIDEN: Number one, as you know, the intelligence community did not say back in June or July that, in fact, this was gonna collapse like it did. Number one.
STEPHANOPOULOS: They thought the Taliban would take over, but not this quickly?
BIDEN: But not this quickly. Not even close. We had already issued several thousand passports to the– the SIVs, the people– the– the– the translators when I came into office before we had negotiated getting out at the end of s– August.
This is just an utter lie. He’s told so many lies in regard to this debacle, quite frankly it’s hard to keep up with them all.
The Wall Street Journal just blew apart this lie. They have a confidential cable from about two dozen State Department officials serving at the embassy in Kabul warning Secretary of State Antony Blinken and another top State Department official of the possible collapse of Kabul soon after the troop withdrawal deadline. The cable warned of the “rapid territorial gains” by the Taliban and the collapse of the Afghan security forces and they offered things to do “to mitigate the crisis and speed up the evacuation.”
That cable was July 13. They were warned, contrary to what Biden said. They knew. Yet they did nothing to speed up the process.
The classified cable represents the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the Taliban’s advance was imminent and Afghanistan’s military may be unable to stop it.
How is it that we all knew that the Taliban had taken over most of the country on July 9, as I wrote then, but that itself didn’t spark Biden to greater action? But he had more information, directly about Kabul — the information was there at hand. He also knew then that there were at least 18,000 allies who were waiting to get out, yet he lied during his speech the other day and said that they didn’t want to leave the country when they were desperate to leave.
He knew. He simply couldn’t be bothered.