Biden officials admit they were caught off guard by Taliban’s fast capture of Afghanistan

Afghanistan has fallen to Taliban terrorists, and President Joe Biden is literally nowhere to be seen.

According to the Associated Press, the trickle of information that came from the Biden administration over the weekend included an admission that top officials, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, were caught off guard by how quickly Taliban forces were able to complete their mission to retake the war-torn country. 

From bad to worse

Prior to the weekend, officials were already concerned with how quickly the Taliban were able to advance throughout Afghanistan and capture key points and provincial capitals. Then, in what seemed like the blink of an eye, it was announced that the country’s president had fled and Taliban forces captured the capital city of Kabul.

“We’ve seen that that force has been unable to defend the country, and that has happened more quickly than we anticipated,” Blinken said on Sunday, in one of several desperate attempts to blame anyone — or anything — other than his boss for the fall of Afghanistan on the Biden administration’s watch.

The only announcement coming from Biden’s team was that an additional 1,000 troops were being deployed to assist in desperate, last-minute attempts at evacuating U.S. and allied personnel from the country.

It was only last month that President Biden reassured America — and the world — that there was virtually no scenario where Taliban forces would successfully capture the country. That assurance obviously didn’t age well.

“The jury is still out, but the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely,” Biden said on July 8.

Bipartisan criticism

Criticism over Biden’s handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal and his utter lack of response to what is easily one of the most significant events of his presidency and of the last several years, at least, was leveled at the president by both Republicans and Democrats over the weekend.

“This is a crisis of untold proportions,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said, NBC News reported. She added that the situation in Afghanistan was an “intelligence failure,” while urging Biden to address a concerned nation.

Surprisingly, several former officials who worked under former President Barack Obama also criticized the Biden administration for its approach to the debacle, with former ambassador to Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker, saying the country’s takeover was a result of “a total lack of coordinated, post-withdrawal planning.”

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) drew comparisons to scenes from Afghanistan that many compared to what happened when Americans were evacuated from Vietnam, saying on Sunday, “It does feel like the fall of Saigon today, I’m not going to lie.”

Only time will tell what kind of impact such an embarrassing departure from Afghanistan will have on Biden’s presidency, but so far, it appears to be a situation from which he likely won’t recover.

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