Reuters.com reports that
In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics, but neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani appeared aware of or prepared for the immediate danger of the entire country falling to insurgents, a transcript reviewed by Reuters shows.
The men spoke for roughly 14 minutes on July 23. On August 15, Ghani fled the presidential palace, and the Taliban entered Kabul. Since then, tens of thousands of desperate Afghans have fled and 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians were killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport during the frenetic U.S. military evacuation.
Reuters reviewed a transcript of the presidential phone call and has listened to the audio to authenticate the conversation. The materials were provided on condition of anonymity by a source who was not authorized to distribute it.
In the call, Biden offered aid if Ghani could publicly project he had a plan to control the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. “We will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is,” Biden said. Days before the call, the U.S. carried out air strikes to support Afghan security forces, a move the Taliban said was in violation of the Doha peace agreement.
The U.S. president also advised Ghani to get buy-in from powerful Afghans for a military strategy going forward, and then to put a “warrior” in charge of the effort, a reference to Defense Minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.
Biden lauded the Afghan armed forces, which were trained and funded by the U.S. government. “You clearly have the best military,” he told Ghani. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well.” Days later, the Afghan military started folding across provincial capitals in the country with little fight against the Taliban.
In much of the call, Biden focused on what he called the Afghan government’s “perception” problem. “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
Biden told Ghani that if Afghanistan’s prominent political figures were to give a press conference together, backing a new military strategy, “that will change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think.”
The American leader’s words indicated he didn’t anticipate the massive insurrection and collapse to come 23 days later. “We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” said Biden.
The White House Tuesday declined to comment on the call.
In what is left of Joe Biden’s mind, perception is reality.
That is an old adage favored by politicians and others who lie for a living.
This conversation between Biden and the Afghan President is just another stranded in the tangled web which Biden and his staff wove which led to the debacle in Afghanistan.
Biden wanted to false project strength to Americans and the rest of the Free World, in a desperate attempt to convince everybody that he was in control of the Afghanistan “Situation” regarding the Taliban.
In reality, #DementiaJoe did not have a clue.
Just like in the best seller from the 1970s, “The Peter Principle”, Joe Biden had risen to up to a level at which his incompetency was becoming harder and harder to hide.
He wanted the Afghanistan President to “change the perception” of the rapidly-unraveling country, so that it, in turn, would convince everyone that he, as the President of the Greatest Country on Earth, knew how to handle Foreign Policy Issues, despite what his 40-year track record in Washington showed.
Unfortunately for Sleepy Joe, B.S. can only get you so far.
When the rubber met the road and the Taliban started taking over, it was too late for feeble-minded Biden to do anything about it, except to implement the a@@-backwards strategy of pulling our military out first and then scramble to get American Citizens and our Afghani Allies out later.
Instead of cutting the head off of the snake known as the Taliban when he had the chance, Biden’s ignorance of the true situation allowed them to take over the country.
And, yesterday, when he spoke to Americans, instead of admitting his mistakes, he doubled-down on his ignorance, blaming, Trump, the Afghanis, and anyone else he could think of…except himself and his Military Leaders.
He knew that he had failed.
That is why he spent the majority of yesterday’s speech yelling at Americans.
After all, in Biden’s demented state, I am sure that we share equal blame with President Trump and the Afghanis for not realizing just how brilliant a 78-year old professional politician who was installed as President, actually is.
Why do images of Wile E. Coyote, knocking on Bugs bunny’s door, introducing himself as a “suuuper genius” come to my mind?
Until He Comes,
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