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Political Editors / August 31, 2021

In Brief: Biden in Excuse Mode

He’s blaming others and not taking responsibility for the disaster in Afghanistan.

“I am the president of the United States,” Joe Biden said recently. “The buck stops with me.” Yet he’s spent most of his presidency passing that buck. Especially with Afghanistan. The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano explains:

President Joe Biden fingered the terrorist group ISIS-K for the bombing at the Kabul airport. He then delivered more excuses why the hole he dug isn’t getting deeper.

After a 90-day intelligence review, his administration still can’t figure out if COVID-19 came out of a Chinese lab. But the president is already pretty sure ISIS-K organized the attacks on the Kabul airport.

Moreover, he thinks working with the Taliban still makes sense. So he continued to spend more time explaining how he is making all the right steps rather than coming up with a serious plan to address a situation that is rapidly spiraling out of control.

The president acknowledged that the U.S. knew this threat was coming — like a Mack truck with no brakes — yet the White House just watched while the airport got smacked. He did that because he discarded all other options on how to get out.

After creating an impossibly unsustainable situation with a chaotic no-plan plan for withdrawal — one in which he ignored the advice of military leaders and the intelligence community — he stated he was relying on the advice of military commanders. This is like Gen. Custer, after he was surrounded, asking his lieutenants, “What do we do now?”

Moreover, he poses the question “what’s worse: that the Taliban is in control of the terrorists, or that the terrorists are out of control?”

Either way, it’s clear they are back. Afghanistan went from being a relatively peaceful, stable theater to the hottest terrorist hot spot on the planet, and that is all the result of Biden’s decision. And he has still given no indication of any plan to deal with the tsunami of terror that is sure to come.

Carafano gives a dire summary:

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Things are not going well, to put it mildly. This is not the best of all possible outcomes. On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the Taliban will control more territory and have more money, more friends, and more arms than it did on 9/11.

Last week] we learned the perilous consequences of that development. It’s time for the White House and all of us to come to grips with that.

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