Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, President Joe Biden continues to describe the recent U.S. troop withdrawal out of Afghanistan as a resounding success.
Of course, recent reports indicate that most Americans disagree — including some members of his own administration.
“Absolutely appalled and literally horrified”
One anonymous White House official recently admitted to being “appalled” and “horrified” by the chaotic mission in Afghanistan that left hundreds of U.S. citizens stranded and sparked a terror attack that killed 13 U.S. service members.
Another unnamed source asserted that the mission could not be called a success if it involved abandoning Americans. Others in Biden’s inner circle assert that the White House is stifling internal dissent on the topic.
After Biden publicly described the troop withdrawal that ended a nearly 20-year U.S. occupation of Afghanistan as a victory, Politico reported that several figures from within his administration were willing to directly contradict his rosy narrative.
“I am absolutely appalled and literally horrified we left Americans there,” said one official.
That individual insisted that the “hostage rescue of thousands of Americans” was a “no-fail mission” that nevertheless failed miserably.
“Running things like an autocracy”
A report by The Telegraph previously cited a number of White House advisers who felt too constrained or feared repercussions related to speaking out against the botched troop withdrawal.
One former senior White House official signaled that people around the president “are simply too afraid” to tell Biden or national security adviser Jake Sullivan that they are wrong.
“This White House is very disciplined, especially when it comes to leaks and such,” the individual added. “But the downside of discipline is if you’re running things like an autocracy, and you broker no dissent internally, that’s not what the purpose of a White House staff is.”
Another individual reportedly begged Biden “without success” to reconsider his decision to abandon Bagram Air Base in July.
A growing number of Republicans are speaking out on the record, including several prominent figures who are calling for Biden and other top administration officials to be removed from office. For his part, however, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently insisted that “the president is not going to be removed from office.”