Americans across the political spectrum are increasingly disillusioned by the Biden administration’s botched handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
For his part, former President Donald Trump issued a statement in which he wondered “who or what will Joe Biden surrender to next” as Taliban insurgents exert control over the war-torn nation.
“Would have been totally different”
Although a majority of Americans agree that the time has come for a military drawdown in America’s longest war, Biden’s tactics have resulted in thousands of U.S. citizens and allies remaining effectively trapped in Afghanistan amid a rapid Taliban takeover.
In a statement released on Monday via Trump’s Save America PAC, the ex-president insisted that his successor first “surrendered to COVID” as the pandemic virus once again surges in communities nationwide.
“Then he surrendered to the Taliban, who has quickly overtaken Afghanistan and destroyed confidence in American power and influence,” Trump wrote.
He insisted that the results “would have been totally different” if the withdrawal had taken place under his administration.
“Who or what will Joe Biden surrender to next?” Trump asked. “Someone should ask him, if they can find him.”
“Most embarrassing military outcome”
In addition to apparently referencing Biden’s continued seclusion at Camp David, Trump issued a number of other brief statements targeting the current president on Monday.
One such statement decried his successor’s “incompetence” in leaving behind U.S. citizens, allies, and expensive military equipment. Another called the hasty evacuation of American troops the “most embarrassing military outcome” in the nation’s history.
In a third statement, Biden reiterated a view currently held by many Americans, writing: “It’s not that we left Afghanistan. It’s the grossly incompetent way we left!”
It remains to be seen “who or what” will be the next recipient of a Biden surrender, but some indicators appear to be pointing toward China or Russia. The communist regime in Beijing has already issued serious threats against Taiwan and the odds are increasingly high that Moscow will complete its military invasion of eastern Ukraine.
Of course, few observers would be surprised if North Korea began firing off ballistic missile tests targeting South Korea or Japan. Furthermore, Iran could move to block the vital Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf, and radical Islamists could ramp up attacks on Israel or other targets around the world.