It is clear from President Joe Biden’s sagging approval rating that the American people are disillusioned by the chaotic U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan.
According to the Washington Examiner, a new Rasmussen poll indicated that roughly 7 in 10 respondents feel the debacle is a “national humiliation” — including a majority who strongly agree with that sentiment.
Americans held hostage?
The opinion represents a rare point of bipartisan unity with even 56% of Democrats agreeing that they felt shame about the troop pullout.
As the U.S. military prepared to leave Afghanistan, the Taliban reasserted control over the war-torn nation. Making matters worse, untold Americans and allies remained stranded as the withdrawal concluded.
Respondents to the recent survey expressed concern that the Taliban would begin to take Americans hostage as leverage against the United States.
Nearly 3 in 4 participants said they believe it is likely that Taliban militants will begin taking hostages now that there is no more U.S. military presence in the country. That number includes 63% of Democrats polled.
Recent events seem to bolster those concerns as the Taliban appeared to hold up six planes filled with Americans and Afghans prepared to leave Mazar-i-Sharif, claiming that not all of the passengers on board had the proper paperwork.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken acknowledged on Monday during congressional testimony that that thousands of green card holders remained in Afghanistan. Few individuals have made it out of the country since the military pullout was complete.
“This is a national humiliation,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in response, according to the Examiner. “President Biden abandoned thousands of these American residents behind Taliban lines to fend for themselves. He has a duty to bring every single American citizen and green card holder home.”
The Afghanistan debacle has prompted a number of prominent Republicans to push for impeachment proceedings against Biden, though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has made no such move in that direction.
In addition to leaving Americans trapped in Afghanistan, GOP critics say Biden lied about many aspects of the situation — including the promise to allow all Americans to leave prior to the exit of U.S. service members.
The backlash against Biden’s Afghanistan policy has been cited as a central factor in the president’s steadily declining approval rating.