As President Biden failed in his deceptive defense of his disastrous Afghan surrender during his poorly received recent speech, some in the media are finally paying attention to the tremendous positive strides Afghans achieved during the U.S. involvement.
And they are now also noting how much of that amazing progress is now already beginning to come crashing down as Biden completes the U.S. abandonment of this key regional ally.
Expect more reporting about upcoming atrocities, repression, lack of women’s rights, lack of education, end of progress, and the death of many other things that those on the left generally claim to support. But only now that the Biden withdrawal is nearly complete.
One harsh critic of the media’s role is H.R. McMaster, former United States National Security Advisor fired by President Trump and retired United States Army lieutenant general.
In Tweets on Thursday, he attacked the U.S. media’s lack-of Afghanistan War coverage, accusing the media of helping create what he believes will be a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Central Asian nation.
McMaster tweeted: “US media is finally reporting on the transformation of Afghanistan after their disinterest and defeatism helped set conditions for capitulation and a humanitarian catastrophe.” In his tweet he linked to a Wall Street Journal report on the U.S. withdrawal is impacting Afghanis and opening the door for Taliban forces.
US media is finally reporting on the transformation of Afghanistan after their disinterest and defeatism helped set conditions for capitulation and a humanitarian catastrophe. https://t.co/0YV7P0VjgG
— H.R. McMaster (@LTGHRMcMaster) July 8, 2021
Earlier, in June, McMaster said on CSPAN at an event hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (FDD), that the war in Afghanistan was “not really a 20-year war,” but instead a “one-year war fought 20 times over.” The general added that the military effort was generally “utterly disconnected” from any clear political objectives.
Aiming his fire at the media’s poor coverage, McMaster also said: “Afghanistan is a misunderstood war. It’s an underreported war. The American people, sadly, because the succession of presidents, the last three in particular, didn’t really take it upon themselves as commanders-in-chief to explain to the American people what was at stake there and what was the strategy that could deliver a favorable outcome.
The general’s latest comments came, notes American Military News (AMN), after the White House noted there would not be a “‘Mission Accomplished’ moment” after the final troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan. Biden press secretary, Jen Psaki said:
We’re not going to have a ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment in this regard. It’s a 20-year war that has not been won militarily. We are proud of the men and women who have served. Incredibly grateful. We will continue to press for a political outcome and a political solution.
When by reporters asked whether her remarks meant the mission in Afghanistan had not been accomplished, CBS News reported that Psaki responded:
We did exactly what we wanted to do. What I was referring to…is we’re not having a moment of celebration. We’re having a moment where we feel it’s in our national security interest to bring our men and women serving home. And we feel it’s in our national security interest to have Afghan forces be in the lead. We did exactly what we intended to do.
Ahead of President Biden’s address on Afghanistan troops withdrawal, Psaki says there won’t be a “Mission Accomplished moment” for the war: “It’s a 20-year war that has not been won militarily…We’re not having a moment of celebration” https://t.co/Bkl9Fdc4Nw pic.twitter.com/mWQqpGGCty
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 8, 2021