President Joe Biden’s Afghanistan situation is a catastrophe, and the polls are making it clear that he’s in deep trouble.
According to the Daily Caller, the latest Hill-HarrisX poll revealed that a majority of Americans — at 52% — believe Biden is “guilty of mismanaging” the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in a complete Taliban takeover of the war-ravaged country in under two weeks.
Bad news for Biden
Only 23% of the poll’s respondents felt that Biden is not “guilty of mismanaging” the U.S. troop pullout in Afghanistan, while another 26% indicated that they weren’t sure how they felt about the situation.
The numbers become much more interesting when observed from party lines. A staggering 74% of Republican voters felt that Biden mismanaged the Afghanistan situation, while only 9% of Republicans felt otherwise.
Democrats, however, notably reacted much differently, as 34% felt Biden mismanged the U.S. troop withdrawal while 36% said they felt otherwise. Those numbers seem to bolster the idea that Biden has waded into hot political water with millions of Americans who probably voted for him in 2020.
Also interesting was a question about whether or not Americans believe that Biden will ultimately be able to extract all of the remaining Americans in Afghanistan to safety. Fifty-eight percent of those polled believe he’ll hold true to that promise, while 42% indicated that they don’t believe him.
On Tuesday, Biden announced that he will hold to the Aug. 31 deadline, as dictated by the Taliban, to get everyone out who wants to leave. However, he also directed his top military commanders to devise contingency plans just in case the situation takes another turn for the worse between now and then, The Washington Post reported.
What’s the latest?
According to CNBC, on Wednesday the Pentagon revealed that some 4,000 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan since evacuations began.
Since Aug. 14, roughly 58,700 people in total have been airlifted out of Kabul, with a vast majority of those evacuees being Afghans, including allies who worked with the United States military on the ground over the course of nearly the last two decades.
While the Pentagon, the White House, nor the State Department has released data on how many Americans are still left in the country and waiting to evacuate, it’s estimated that they number in the thousands. With the deadline fast approaching, many have said that getting all Americans to safety before that date is essentially a fool’s notion.
The White House doesn’t appear to be nervous about the situation, with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki labeling the efforts as a “success” at a Tuesday press briefing. Additionally, in a recent statement, Biden’s White House expects to be able to evacuate all Americans by the Aug. 31 deadline.
Only time will tell if Biden and his White House manage to do what they’ve promised to do, but if even one American dies in the process, the blood is on Biden’s hands.