President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan blunder will go down in history as one of the most embarrassing foreign policy disasters on record. Contrary to Biden’s claims, some of our allies are extremely unhappy with how the debacle unfolded, with some of those critics including various British officials, who leveled rare rebukes of the U.S. president for his actions.
As The Sunday Times of UK reported, as Biden delivered a press conference early on in the crisis, before retreating back to his vacation, an aide to a British minister described Biden’s presser as “completely mad,” and the president himself as “doolally” — which means “temporarily deranged or feeble-minded.”
“Such thoughts are normally never whispered in Whitehall, let alone briefed,” the report noted, referencing the bureaucratic wing of the British government.
Biden “looked gaga”
The Brits held nothing back as they excoriated the U.S. president for leading such a stunningly humiliating disaster, which ultimately resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members and well over 100 Afghan allies.
“In London ministers and their advisers watched with incredulity,” the report said, adding, “One minister said the president ‘looked gaga.'”
British officials, who were clearly worried about the 6,000 people they had on the ground in Afghanistan, were clearly under the impression that they’d have several months to safely evacuate their citizens and troops.
“Senior government officials in London have said that, in a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee last Sunday, Boris Johnson was ‘extremely frustrated’ by the turn of events,” with another official reported indicating that Biden “pulled the rug” out from under the U.K., one of America’s closest allies.
The frustration from our allies was echoed widely by a number of current and former U.S. officials, many of whom questioned the intelligence of pulling out American troops before securing the safety of American citizens and the Afghan allies that the U.S. government promised to protect.
Allies pull out
In the wake of the suicide bomb attack that took the lives of both U.S. troops and Afghan nationals, Axios reported that a number of U.S. allies have formally announced that they’ve either ended — or plan to soon end — their evacuation efforts ahead of an Aug. 31 deadline.
Notably, Canada and Germany announced the end of their operations in the country on Thursday. France announced that their operations wrapped up on Friday evening, with most U.S. allies following suit.
There have been a number of dire warnings concerning the strong possibility of additional terrorist attacks near or at Hamid Karzai International Airport, especially as the U.S. evacuation deadline nears.
President Biden and his top military commanders better hope and pray that no additional U.S. troops die as a result of their botched operation, as they already have the blood of at least 13 heroes on their hands.