ANALYSIS – This is Part 1 of a Three-Part piece. President Joe Biden made his first terrible speech on his decision to rapidly, and recklessly, withdraw from Afghanistan on July 8th. This speech was universally panned as being riddled with false statements, half-truths and outright lies. Following the speech Biden also famously and emphatically, and obtusely said there would not be a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and there would be no scenes of U.S. helicopters evacuating people from the U.S. embassy.
And now, after hiding out at Camp David for three days as his self-created Afghan disaster unfolded, we have Biden’s SECOND Afghanistan ‘malarky’ speech, which he gave without allowing for any questions before retreating into the White House.
The Bulwark provides an excellent breakdown of Biden’s horribly deceptive speech:
The president did not express regret either for pulling U.S. forces from Afghanistan—“I stand squarely behind my decision,” he said—or for the layers of lethal incompetence with which the pullout has been executed.
Had Biden come out and said “This was badly handled, the situation is now terrible, and here is how we are going to improve things and help the thousands of Afghans who desperately need us,” his remarks would have been at least admirably frank. The closest he came to that sort of candor was the admission that the Taliban takeover “did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated.”
Instead of candor, what is most striking about Biden’s speech is the number of disingenuous passages, strawman arguments, and outright falsehoods. Here are eight:
The Bulwark then list eight of the most points Biden made, and why they are false:
1.) “We were clear-eyed about the risks. We planned for every contingency.”
The events of the weekend put the lie to the claim that there was a contingency plan worthy of the name.
2.) “Some of the Afghans did not want to leave earlier.”
…to the extent that the Biden administration had a contingency plan for dealing with refugees, it apparently was just for U.S. troops to stand by in case the situation went south…That’s it… that’s hardly a contingency plan.
3.) “The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.”
It is, at best, an incomplete account of what happened to blame the Afghans for their unwillingness to fight. After President Biden announced in April his intention to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, key components of our support for the Afghan military came to an end—including vitally important logistical support. A significant part of the failure of Afghan forces to fight and fight well is the Biden administration’s fault.
I would add that the psychological effect on morale of being abandoned by the world’s greatest superpower overnight, who then begins frantically evacuating Afghan interpreters and translators, cannot be underestimated.
This was devastating to the Afghans, as America was essentially telling them: “We think you are doomed. Goodbye.” ADN