Is Biden’s Afghan Bribe for Deception Impeachable?
The legal and political considerations are entirely different.
In recent weeks, there has been a lot of speculation about impeaching Joe Biden for his abject ineptitude as commander-in-chief — his recklessly squandering of all the blood and treasure we have spent in Afghanistan in order to complete our mission. That mission was most succinctly: To put down Afghanistan’s Taliban invaders in order that they not provide a launchpad for terrorist strikes against the U.S.
As a result of his ineptitude, Biden has insured that mission is now wholly failed. He has reseeded the al-Qa'ida and ISIL turf, putting the U.S. homeland at high risk of another terrorist attack. And he did so in order to meet his compressed Afghan exit schedule, which has been for months, been predicated on his political objective to take an “I got the troops out” victory lap ahead of the 20th observance of the 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation.
Unfortunately, Biden’s gross malfeasance is not an impeachable offense. That removal occurs by way of the ballot box, if that is still possible given the Democrat’s bulk-mail ballot fraud strategy.
However, amid all the catastrophic Afghan exfil news of the last three weeks, there was a largely overlooked leaked transcript of a phone call that provided what I believe to be an impeachable offense — a call in which Biden offered an assurance bribe of additional military assistance to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani if he would deceive the world in order to facilitate the Biden’s domestic political agenda.
A month before the Taliban took over Kabul, Biden said to Ghani: “I have been meeting with our Pentagon folks, and our national security people, as you have with ours and yours, and as you know and I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban.” That was a very different perception than he was portraying to the American people.
He then demanded that Ghani participate in Biden’s obfuscation and deception: “There’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
This conversation occurred a month after Biden had waived a federally required mandate that the Department of Defense provide a detailed assessment of risks if the U.S. leaves Afghanistan. Again, that could have derailed the timing of Biden’s victory lap.
There is a recent precedent for suggesting Biden’s quid pro quo with Ghani is an impeachable offense — in early 2020 when Democrats attempted to impeach Donald Trump. If you recall, Democrats claimed that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he encouraged him to complete investigations into corrupt Ukrainian companies funneling millions to Hunter Biden, was impeachable because Joe Biden was a primary presidential contender. Demos claimed that if Zelensky did not do Trump’s bidding, $391 million in proposed military aid would be withheld.
However, as Thomas Gallatin noted at the time, the corruption connected to the Bidens was already public (though ignored by the Leftmedia propagandists) and the military aid was already being scrutinized to determine if the new Zelensky administration would use it for defense — or syphon it off to their secret bank accounts.
In fact, it was clear that Trump was being impeached for what Biden actually did when he was Barack Obama’s vice president. Biden demanded the Ukrainian president fire prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was leading the investigation into Hunter Biden — because protecting Hunter protected his own presidential aspirations. He brazenly bragged about withholding a BILLION dollars if the prosecutor was not fired: “I said, ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money.’ Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”
I revisit that incident to note that Biden has a track record of making quid pro quo demands of foreign leaders to do what is best for his personal political agenda.
So, the question now, as Biden’s White House cadre is trying to put a lid on the legal and political implications of the call, should Biden be impeached? Indeed, there are both legal and political considerations.
Legal analyst Andrew McCarthy argues that the conversation is not an impeachable offense: “There’s much to condemn in President Biden’s disgraceful orchestration and dishonest defense of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. But it is meritless to berate the president over a phone conversation he had with the former president of the then-U.S.-backed (and now-deposed) Afghan government.” He insists that this call was similar to the aforementioned call between Trump and Zelensky, for which Trump should not have been impeached.
However, I believe there are significant distinctions between those calls, and thus legal distinctions. As political analyst Miranda Devine opines: “Biden offered conditional air support, in return for Ghani going along with his ruse, but only until his Aug. 31 deadline. After that, ‘who knows?’ said Biden.”
But I also believe the political considerations should prevail. The reality is, with the House and Senate controlled by Demos Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, an impeachment would be little more than a political gesture — though perhaps not a bad one ahead of the midterm election. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “The president is not going to be removed from office. There’s a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate. That’s not going to happen. There isn’t going to be an impeachment.” McConnell added, “In this country, the report card you get is every two years.”
So maybe this bribe for deception, and Biden’s other abject dereliction of duty as commander in chief, will be reconsidered in January of 2023.
Currently, Biden’s public approval polling has tanked — and views on Kamala Harris are equally bad. Reputable polling indicates that 52% of likely voters believe Biden should resign. Moreover, according to the most recent Rasmussen survey, 60% believed if he did not resign, he should be impeached.
But will the current polling stick? There is a lot of political pundit speculation about whether the public outrage over Biden’s disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal will subside as the MSM news cycle focus subsides. But here is what the pundits are missing: The 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attack, the one year anniversary of Biden’s Afghan retreat disaster and all of its consequences, will occur just before the midterm elections next year.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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