President Joe Biden spent much of his 2020 presidential campaign promising to be transparent and always be willing to take responsibility for his actions, promising not to “blame others” for his failures.
As Fox News reported, in his statement to the nation regarding the disastrous, humiliating situation unfolding in Afghanistan, Biden clearly went back on such promises, as he blamed essentially everyone and everything, except himself, for what has transpired in the war-ravaged country over the past 72 hours.
His reversal is especially egregious given that it was barely a month ago that Biden stated that it was “highly unlikely” that the Taliban would do what the world just watched them do, in a matter of some 10 days.
“Inherited” the problem?
As Democrats typically do when something goes wrong and they’re not willing to accept accountability for their decisions, Biden used his Monday speech to lay a bulk of the blame for the Afghanistan situation on former President Donald Trump.
“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor—which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019—that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces,” Biden’s White House statement read.
The president went on to insist that as a result of Trump’s deal with the Taliban, he “faced a choice” of whether to “follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies’ Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict.”
Biden added that as the fourth president to preside over U.S. troops in Afghanistan, he will not “pass this war onto a fifth.”
The blame game
Prior to blaming the Trump administration, which was echoed by other high-profile Democrats who are clearly too scared to properly criticize Biden for his abject failure in making sure the withdrawal was conducted smartly and safely, Biden laid blame on Afghan military forces.
“Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country. The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight. If anything, the developments of the past week reinforced that ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan now was the right decision. Biden said in his Monday speech.
Biden added: “We were cleareyed about the risks. We planned for every contingency. But I always promised the American people that I will be straight with you.”
Biden has faced intense criticism since making that particular remark, as there doesn’t appear to be anything “cleareyed” about what has taken place in Afghanistan, let alone his insistence that his administration planned for “every contingency.”
Only time will tell just how devastating the political fallout from Biden’s botched troop withdrawal plan will be, but early indications point to the likely probability that the events that have transpired this week will stain his legacy in a way that his administration would not care to see happen.