ANALYSIS – This is Part 2 of a Three-Part piece. 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 and lists eight of the most egregious points Biden made, and why they are false. I provided summaries of the first three points in Part 1. Here are the next two points Biden made, and why they are false:
4.) “I cannot and I will not ask our troops to fight on endlessly in another country’s civil war” and “American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves.”
President Biden repeatedly promised upon taking office that American leadership was back. But global leadership makes somebody else’s problems also your problems. American troops remain stationed in postwar Germany and postwar Japan today, not to mention South Korea and Italy and many other countries, all in greater numbers than were still in Afghanistan before this pullout. Our troops were not “fight[ing] on endlessly” in Afghanistan, they were providing an invaluable stabilizing element keeping the Taliban at bay.
And Americans were by and large no longer shedding blood for the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. Florida reported more COVID deaths on Saturday than killed in action in Afghanistan since 2014.
5.) “The terrorist threat has metastasized well beyond Afghanistan.”
It is true that, as Biden says, “these threats warrant our attention and our resources.” But it is misleading of Biden to imply that the threat hasn’t also metastasized in Afghanistan.
Again, we have now made the Taliban the strongest it has ever been, due to the much greater equipment and weapons we left behind, in addition to the fine fighters we trained whom the Taliban will give the “choice” of entering the ranks of the Taliban military or watching the deaths of their loved ones.
Osama bin Laden is dead, but al Qaeda still exists and may well find Afghanistan under the restored Taliban welcoming.ADN