ANALYSIS – This is Part 3 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. And the next two points in Part 2. And here I am providing the final two points Biden made, and why they are false:
6.) “China and Russia would love nothing more than the United States to continue to funnel billions of dollars in resources and attention into stabilizing Afghanistan indefinitely.”
This claim is simply wrong. Setting aside the American humiliation, which the Chinese and Russian regimes are evidently enjoying, the United States just voluntarily gave up the only military base it had in a country that neighbors China, in addition to neighboring Iran and being in close proximity to the Asian side of Russia—a major asset for potential counterterrorism operations, espionage against great power adversaries, and military operations. Add to this how our withdrawal damages our relationship with India, an important Quad member.
7.) “I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”
Maybe there was never a “good” time for withdrawing U.S. forces, but there certainly were less bad times, as Frederick W. Kagan devastatingly points out in the New York Times:
8.) “I inherited a deal that President Trump negotiated with the Taliban.”
It is true that Donald Trump initiated the withdrawal process, bragged about it, reached a deal with the Taliban, and wanted to host more meetings with the Taliban.
But Biden was not bound by that deal. First, the Taliban itself had violated the agreement since its inception by cooperating with al Qaeda and assaulting the Afghan military.
Second, Biden himself had disregarded aspects of Trump’s deal with the Taliban. The Trump-Taliban deal would have had the United States out of the country by May; it’s August, and we have not finished our withdrawal.
Third, and most importantly, the idea that Biden was somehow bound by this one terrible Trump agreement with the Taliban is absurd on its face.
Virtually everything about Biden’s Afghanistan policy has been grossly and disastrously mishandled – from the decision to withdraw against all militray advice hastily and recklessly, without coordination, proper planning, or consultation with our NATO allies, to the deceptive justifications, and ongoing obliviousness. Biden’s Afghanistan catastrophe has been one giant avoidable and tragic CF. AND