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Robin Smith / September 20, 2021

American Retreat: The Untold Story

Biden and his administration lackeys blame Trump, but let’s imagine that alternative.

Though most Americans would never use the word “retreat,” the president demanded immediate action removing thousands of American troops from Afghanistan. This swift exit served as an adequate distraction during the upsurge of the COVID pandemic.

A well-deliberated plan was in place that would ensure the safety of Afghani citizens from the Taliban and ISIS-K, protect the rights of women and our allies from terror cell activity, and instigate a retreat that would happen literally in the cover of darkness. Despite the president having this withdrawal plan, the decision was made to close a key military asset almost 60 days in advance, not only leaving innocent Americans and allies stranded, but also putting our inventory into the hands of terrorists. Around $85 billion in advanced military equipment was left by the president to bulk up terrorist armaments and be sold to the highest bidder — likely China, Russia, or Iran, all of whom want to reverse engineer U.S. weapons and technology for their own benefit to defeat Americans.

Imagine reading any Republican name after the word “president” in this story. It would be the top headline in every paper and the source of unending debate on television news. Conversely, this is an almost untold story simply because it happened with President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

During the first days of July, despite the August 31 deadline to remove troops from Afghanistan, American Armed Forces left an intelligence asset and key geographic location — Bagram Air Force Base — in the hands of the Afghan Army surrounded by the muscle of the Taliban with what Reuters called a promise “not to allow international terrorists to operate from Afghan soil.” The Taliban, fueled with our weapons and supplies, continue to refuse to work toward a ceasefire.

In testimony before both the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week, Secretary Blinken described this clear American retreat as a “heroic effort” in keeping with the “success” talking points issued by the Biden White House. Blinken also whined about “an inherited deadline” for withdrawal, pointing fingers at the Trump administration while ignoring the truth that the negotiated plan was mostly ignored.

The House Foreign Affairs ranking Republican Michael McCaul accurately declared: “The American people don’t like to lose, especially not to the terrorists. But this is exactly what has happened.”

Idaho Senator James Risch ripped the Biden administration’s decision to ignore the facts that the jihadists had not met the specific conditions of the 2020 negotiated plan, making our leaving a surrender to terrorists. Biden “presented the American people with a false choice in Afghanistan and the rushed and embarrassing retreat is a stain on America’s credibility that will have implications for years to come,” Risch declared. “The administration patting itself in the back for this evacuation is like an arsonist taking credit for saving people from the burning building he just set on fire.”

Again, if it had been any Republican president, there would be accountability for this military failure. Yet the Biden administration will only be praised for strengthening the Taliban, allowing America to undo its progress of 20 years, and turning the tables to distract and blame Trump. Will there be accountability for this military failure? Not likely.

Whether its Benghazi for Obama/Clinton or Afghanistan for Biden/Blinken, the common theme is dismissing the danger of terrorists and jihadists. Every win for these terrorists is a huge loss for America and its allies in the battle for freedom.

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