A new report from Bloomberg indicates that President Joe Biden told G7 leaders in June that the U.S. would keep Kabul stable after the U.S. withdrawal of its military forces from Afghanistan — a promise that he failed, quite miserably, to keep.
Biden told U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Cornwall, England that “critical U.S. enablers” would remain in the region to keep Kabul safe following the drawdown of NATO forces, Bloomberg noted.
Biden said at the time that enough support would be in place to ensure that the U.K. embassy could continue operating, but when the Taliban seized the country last week, both the U.K. and U.S. embassies were evacuated and shut down.
British documents also showed that the U.S. was telling allies privately in briefings that there would likely be a Taliban offensive before the pullout was complete as a test of the Afghanistan military’s readiness.
The documents contradict previous comments Biden made in July that claimed the U.S. intelligence community didn’t think the Afghan government would collapse so soon, based on its information.
Biden has since revised those comments to say that there was no “consensus” of intelligence about a Taliban takeover, but his original comments were untrue in light of the talk of briefings to NATO countries about a Taliban offensive.
G7 leaders are sharing criticism with Biden over the speed and ease of the Taliban takeover, and there have been calls for both German and British foreign ministers to step down over the foreign policy disaster.
In the U.S., some have called for Biden to step down or be impeached because of the botched pullout. That includes a strong call from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said that if Biden leaves Americans stranded in Afghanistan, it would be a “dereliction of duty,” as the Independent reported.
Biden to address G7
Biden will reportedly meet with G7 allies next week and will likely address the Afghanistan situation.
During a Wednesday interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Biden claimed he has spoken to world leaders, including German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, to “make sure we have a coherent view of how we’re gonna deal from this point on.”
NATO countries have traditionally worked together and contributed to a joint operation when it comes to global military endeavors, but according to the Washington Examiner, another report alleged that a U.S. commander has asked British forces not to rescue more Americans out of fear that the U.S. would look bad for not conducting its own rescue operations.
This kind of callous disregard for human life is appalling, and the Biden administration should be ashamed of itself, to say the least.