During an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed President Biden for trying to shift the blame for the crisis in Afghanistan onto former President Trump, saying he would not even let his “my 10-year-old son” get away with this “pathetic blame-shifting.”
“It looks like the Biden administration has just failed in its execution of its own plan,” Pompeo said. “This reminds me of when we have seen previous administrations allow embassies to be overrun. It’s starting to feel that way. It also looks like there’s a bit of panic having to reinsert soldiers to get them out. The plan should have been, much like we had, was that we would have an orderly conditions-based way to think about how to draw down our forces there.”
“We actually delivered on that promise,” he continued. “I hope we get these folks out. I hope they’ll bring the airpower. They should go crush these Taliban who are surrounding Kabul. We can do it with American airpower. We should put pressure on them. We should put — inflict cost and pain on them. We shouldn’t be begging them to spare the lives of Americans. We should be imposing costs on the Taliban until they allow us to execute our plan in Afghanistan.”
Chris Wallace asked Pompeo about a statement from Biden which blamed Trump for the disaster.
“President Biden released a statement yesterday in which, in effect, he blamed President Trump and your administration for the deal that you made with the Taliban back in 2020, which resulted in a promise at that time — that President Trump had stayed in office — to pull all troops out by this past May. I want to read you some of what President Biden said in his statement,” Wallace said. He then read an excerpt from Biden’s statement which said, “When I became president, I faced a choice: follow through on the deal or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict.”
Wallace asked Pompeo, “What do you think of President Biden’s attempt here to blame — to pin all the blame for what’s transpired in these last few weeks on the deal he says he, quote, ‘inherited’ from President Trump and from you?”
“If the risks weren’t so serious, Chris, it would be pathetic,” Pompeo responded. “I wouldn’t have let my 10-year old son get away from this kind of pathetic blame-shifting. He should be less focused on trying to blame this on someone else than to solving the problem of making sure that we protect and defend American security. Chris, it’s worth noting, this did not happen on our watch. We reduced our forces significantly and the Taliban didn’t advance on capitals all across Afghanistan. So it’s just a plain old fact that this is happening under the Biden administration’s leadership now almost a quarter of our way into his first term, this is not the way leaders lead, by pointing backwards.”
Pompeo then pointed out that the Trump administration inherited the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also called the Iran nuclear deal, which drew wide criticism because Iran used the funds acquired from the deal, estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion, to fund terrorist organizations in the Middle East.
“We had a bad deal we inherited — the JCPO,” Pompeo said. “We got out of it. We secured America from the risk from Iran. We inherited a horrible deal in Syria where ISIS controlled real estate the size of Great Britain. We crushed them. Every president confronts challenges. This president confronted a challenge in Afghanistan. He has utterly failed to protect the American people from this challenge.”
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