More helicopters on the embassy roof
Video shows Afghans clinging to outside of US military plane
as it takes off.
LBJ knew he had lost Vietnam when he lost Walter Cronkite. Joe Biden has lost “his base” in the liberal news media.
CNN is off the Democrat’s reservation. “The President tries to duck responsibility for a calamitous withdrawal … a disaster at home and abroad, long in the making.”
USA Today’s editorial: “Biden’s Afghanistan horror: A well-intentioned miscalculation with disastrous, predictable results.”
Even MSNBC was giving it to Joe Biden Sunday night good and hard.
Wrong for 40 years … and counting
The humanitarian disaster unfolding in real time revives former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ observation: Joe Biden has been wrong about every major foreign policy decision for the last 40 years. A treasure trove of of Blackhawk helicopters and munitions falling into the hands of radical Islamists. Putin and Xi are chortling.
Citing Human Rights Watch, MSNBC reports:
The Taliban have been summarily executing Afghan civilians linked to the government — a development Secretary of State Antony Blinken meekly said was “troubling.” Already, the Afghans who put their lives on the line to assist the U.S. Army over the last decades are reported to have been beheaded, a grotesque dereliction of our duty to the Afghans who foolishly believed in the U.S.
Worse, by providing a new haven for terrorism, “The disaster in Afghanistan will follow us home,” Bret Stephens warns in the New York Times.
Biden’s heedlessness, on the cusp of a sweeping Taliban blitzkrieg that on Sunday saw them enter Kabul, will define his administration’s first great fiasco. It won’t matter that he is carrying through on the shambolic withdrawal agreement negotiated last year by the Trump administration, with the eager support of Trump’s isolationist base … This is happening on Biden’s watch, at Biden’s insistence, against the advice of his senior military advisers and with Biden’s firm assurance to the American people that what has just come to pass wouldn’t come to pass.
‘Biden’s betrayal of Afghans will live in infamy.’ — The Atlantic.
More locally, former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz agrees: “Biden now owns a decision that … was predicted by most experts in the field. … What will happen now is that thousands of Afghans will be killed and tortured. Human rights, especially those of women, will be cast aside. An international terrorist culture will be emboldened.“
In yielding Afghanistan to the Taliban, Joe Biden has engineered the worst foreign-policy disaster in a generation. Eighty-eight thousand of our Afghani allies have applied for visas to get out of the country, but this administration has approved just 1,200 so far. — Sen. Ben Sasse writes National Review.
“President Biden’s statement on Saturday washing his hands of Afghanistan deserves to go down as one of the most shameful in history by a Commander in Chief at such a moment of American retreat.” — Wall Street Journal.
Editorial cartoonists began portraying poor Jimmy Carter as tiny and lost behind a desk too big for him. Ann of Althouse comments on a photo released by the White House: “There’s Biden sitting behind a table that’s way too big for one man, and his advisers are heads on the TV. … Biden should have been sitting behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office facing us, speaking directly, explaining, comforting, demonstrating that he is the President.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: The U.S. maintains small forces in Korea and Germany. Could have done so in Kabul. The debacle unfolding in Afghanistan is Jimmy Carter’s wrecked helicopters in the sand during the Iranian hostage situation. Democrats today are running for cover. Joe Biden is a very crippled one-term President.