Joe Biden was telling America in July that the Taliban weren’t going to take over Afghanistan, that no one could have known that was going to happen. He maintains that no one told him differently, a claim we’ve already shown was a lie as he received a cable in June from officials in the State Department indicating that there was a likelihood that the Taliban would take over quickly once the U.S. pulled out at the end of August.
But it turns out that Biden was playing even more games behind the scenes, and something different was going on than what he was telling Americans to our faces.
According to a transcript of a July 23rd call that Biden had with former Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani that has been obtained by Reuters, Biden tried to pressure Ghani to change the “perception” of what was going on – which was that the Taliban was quickly taking over large swaths of the country and had by July taken much of the country. So he had cause to know that things weren’t as rosy as he was saying in July to the American people. Biden wanted Ghani to change that perception and suggest that wasn’t the case “whether it is true or not,” he allegedly told Ghani.
“I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
At the time of the call, the Taliban controlled about half of Afghanistan’s district centers. Biden urged Ghani to hold a press conference with other prominent Afghan leaders to outline a new military strategy, which he argued would “change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think,” Reuters reported.
“We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” Biden said.
Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also urged Ghani to take a similar position.
“The perception in the United States, in Europe and the media sort of thing is a narrative of Taliban momentum, and a narrative of Taliban victory,” Milley reportedly said. “And we need to collectively demonstrate and try to turn that perception, that narrative around.”
This is incredibly troubling especially in light of President Donald Trump being impeached over a perfect phone call in regard to Ukraine. Here you have Biden literally trying to hoodwink the public as to the real facts on the ground and try to pressure Ghani to throw out false information. Then Biden wonders why people didn’t leave? And he blames them for not leaving after he did this?
Couple this with the story I did earlier on Biden waiving briefing Congress on the actual facts of the terrorist problem and the weakness of the Afghan army. So he’s telling the Afghans to put out a false story while stiff-arming Congress as to the real facts.
That combined to make the perfect storm for the debacle.
The White House is now refusing comment, and it’s no wonder because they deserve to get ripped apart over it. This is the phone call, instead of the one between Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, that should lead to impeachment.