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Biden Claims Afghanistan Withdrawal Could Not Have Been Handled Better

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During an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that aired on Wednesday, President Biden doubled down on his confidence in the success of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, where 15,000 Americans are still stranded.

“When you look at what’s happened over the last week, was it a failure of intelligence, planning, execution, or judgment?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Look, I don’t think it was fair, look, it was a simple choice, George,” Biden replied. “When the, when the Taliban, let me back up and put it another way. When you had the government of Afghanistan, the leader of that government gets in a plane and taking off and going to another country, when you saw the significant collapse of the Afghan troops we had trained, up to 300,000 of them, just leaving their equipment and taking off. That was, you know, I’m not, that’s what happened. That’s simply what happened.”

It should be noted that is not “simply what happened.” The Afghan army was able to fight back against the Taliban until Biden’s decision to withdraw included measures like the removal of private contractors who were servicing the Afghan military.

“The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate,” the Wall Street Journal reported. “The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with airpower, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.”

“In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal decision, the U.S. pulled its air support, intelligence and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters. That meant the Afghan military simply couldn’t operate anymore,” the Wall Street Journal added.

Later in the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden, “So, you don’t think this could have been handled, this exit could have been handled better in any way? No mistakes?”

“No, I, I, I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that, we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look, but the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens,” Biden responded. “I don’t know how that happened.”

“So for you, that was always priced into the decision?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Yes,” Biden claimed.

Biden’s claim that “chaos ensuing” was “always priced into the decision” conflicts with his statements from before the withdrawal. During a press conference in July, Biden said that “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”

He later added, “The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army. They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability.  There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan.  It is not at all comparable.”

A month after Biden claimed there would be “no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of a embassy,” there were people being lifted off the roof of an embassy.

 

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  1. WILLIAM FLYNN

    August 19, 2021 at 9:23 am

    MORE LIES…….MORE BS………..IMPEACH THIS LUNATIC !

  2. LTS

    August 19, 2021 at 10:02 am

    This will be the day the world tilted power. History will show the downward tilt of good to evil. Biden will be responsible for the breakdown of society here and around the world. The decision not to plan for the worst case scenario and working backwards will cost lives.

  3. BlueBoomerang

    August 19, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Trump had a withdrawal plan. The Pentagon had a withdrawal plan. Were they followed by Biden and Blinken? NO. We were there for 20 years and spent over a trillion dollars fighting ‘radical Islamic terrorists’ and no one thought of an ‘end game’? No one could define when it was finally time to get out? What a post-Afghanistan war world would look like? NO. Apparently Biden and Blinken had no vision of that. They left billions of dollars worth of ammo, equipment and weaponry in place for the Taliban to ship back to Pakistan and to Iran. They’ll use what they need in Afghanistan. This is ineptitude on a scale never seen before. Add to that the ‘trifecta from hell’: The Border crisis, the COVID crisis and the violent crime crisis in inner cities. Season that will gasoline prices that are up over 50% in the last 7 months, rampant inflation and a sluggish economic recovery. Welcome to Biden’s America.

  4. Sian McLaughlin

    August 22, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Biden is such a fool – if you have not seen a video of Biden’s “meeting” in the Oval Office with King Abdula of Jordan you must view it – the video shows Biden as a blundering idiot, not one capable of being US President. It is just as embarrassing as the “surrender” to the Taliban.

  5. Worried Grandma

    August 23, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Biden can’t put a single sentence together that makes any sense, much less run this country. He must be impeached or removed by Congress. Kamala Harris is going to be as big a disaster which further takes our country into decline and weakness. Look at the great job she’s done with the southern border. This will be a stain on the USA for years to come. I am a Christian so I have my faith to fall back on, but I do worry for my children and grandchildren what the future holds. Our Country has never had a foreign war fought on her soil; I just hope this does not come to be within the next three years.

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Iran Launches Missile Into Space As Biden Admin Fails To Negotiate New Nuclear Deal

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On Sunday, Iran’s state television announced that the country had launched a solid-fueled rocket into space, drawing criticism from the United States ahead of plans for continued negotiations over the Iranian nuclear deal.

“It’s unclear when or where the rocket was launched, but the announcement came after satellite photos showed preparations at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s rural Semnan province, the site of Iran’s frequent failed attempts to put a satellite into orbit,” the Associated Press reported. “Iran had previously acknowledged that it planned more tests for the satellite-carrying rocket, which it first launched in February of last year.”

“Ahmad Hosseini, spokesman for Iran’s Defense Ministry, said Zuljanah, a 25.5 meter-long rocket, was capable of carrying a satellite of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) that would ultimately gather data in low-earth orbit and promote Iran’s space industry. Zuljanah is named for the horse of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad,” the Associated Press added.

According to the report, the White House is aware of Iran’s announcement and said the move was “unhelpful and destabilizing.”

Iran’s state-run media aired dramatic footage of the missile launch amid heightened tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, which has accelerated as President Biden’s administration has failed to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran.

According to a report earlier this year, three Biden administration negotiators working on a renewed nuclear deal with Iran gave up and left the team because they thought that President Biden was being too weak in dealing with Iran during negotiations.

“U.S. officials confirmed over the weekend that Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran, has left the team. Mr. Nephew, an architect of previous economic sanctions on Iran, had advocated a tougher posture in the current negotiations, and he hasn’t attended the talks in Vienna since early December,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “Two other members of the team, which is led by State Department veteran Robert Malley, have stepped back from the talks, the people familiar said, because they also wanted a harder negotiating stance.”

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Biden Suggests Only Solution To Gas Prices Is Letting Putin Invade Europe

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On Wednesday, President Biden suggested that the only solution to high gas prices is to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade parts of Europe.

“For all those Republicans in Congress criticizing me today for high gas prices in America, are you now saying we were wrong to support Ukraine?” Biden said. “Are you saying we were wrong to stand up to Putin?  Are you saying that we would rather have lower gas prices in America and Putin’s iron fist in Europe?”

“I don’t believe that,” he continued. “Look, I get the easy politics of the attack.  I get that.  But the simple truth is gas prices are up almost $2.00 a gallon because of Vladimir Putin’s ruthless attack on Ukraine, and we wouldn’t let him get away with it.  And we’re doing everything we can to reduce this pain at the pump now.”

However, the increase in gas prices since Russia invaded Ukraine is closer to $1 than it is to $2. On February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine, national gas prices were at $3.54 per gallon, and on June 22, the day of Biden’s speech, gas prices were at $4.95 per gallon – which is an increase of $1.41.

Gas prices began rising shortly after Biden took office. From January 20, 2021, to February 24, 2022, gas prices soared from $2.40 per gallon to $3.54 per gallon – an increase of nearly 50 percent.

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