As the days go by after the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, a Pandora’s box of information is opening containing information which sinks President Joe Biden for his mishandling of the situation which resulted in terrorist attacks, soldiers killed and Americans stranded in that country.
1. Biden asked to manipulate “the perception” of what was going on
A report by Reuters news agency revealed that last July 23 Biden called the then Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whom he pressured to hide the truth: the Taliban were advancing mercilessly, things were not going well as he tried to pretend.
In a press conference for the United States and the world, Biden said he did not believe the Taliban would seize power from Kabul so quickly, but the Reuters report reveals that the president knew the outlook was negative and that “in terms of the fight against the Taliban, things are not going well.”
According to a transcript of the July 23 presidential call, reviewed by Reuters, Biden spent 14 minutes on 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.”
2. Denial stage: ignored Taliban advance
Following the transcript of the call, accusations are mounting against Biden for deceiving the nation about the stability of Afghanistan in order to go ahead with the military withdrawal. He is also accused of handing over classified information to the Taliban, to whom he entrusted the lives of Americans and collaborators who were to be evacuated from Kabul.
At the White House press briefing Wednesday, Sept. 1, Psaki dodged questions about Biden’s phone call with Ghani: “Well, I’m not going to get into private, diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls,” she said.
“But what I can reiterate for you is that we have stated many times that no one anticipated … that the Taliban would be able to take over the country as quickly as they did or that the Afghan National Security Forces would fold as quickly as they did,” Psaki reiterated, admitting once again that there were miscalculations.
Biden’s tone throughout the call suggests that he did not predict the collapse of the Afghan government just three weeks later. Ghani, who was listening to Biden’s compliments, fled when the Taliban seized control of Kabul last Aug. 15.
Since then, tens of thousands have fled the country and 13 American servicemen and nearly 200 Afghans were killed in a suicide bombing at Kabul airport during the final days of the chaotic evacuations.
3. Biden evaded Ashraf Ghani’s requests to defend Kabul
Biden’s controversial call not only reveals that he tried to impose a misperception of what was going on but also ignored the then Afghan president’s requests and warning that the situation could spiral out of control.
“Mr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists.” Ghani pleaded for U.S. air support, “What is crucial is, close air support . . . a very heavy reliance on air power.”
The facts in Afghanistan, which are now a reality and not a perception, have evidenced at least 6 lies by the American president.
A report by The New York Post reveals how the President of the United States would have misled the population regarding the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.
4. He lied to the US about the evacuation of Americans and collaborators
On August 19, Biden promised that if there were any American citizens left in Afghanistan after the withdrawal deadline, they would stay “until they were all out.”
However, that is not what happened, Biden admitted that there are still Americans in Afghanistan waiting to be evacuated.
Also, on August 20, the president noted that they were making the same efforts to help Afghan collaborators who worked for the U.S. for years, but this Wednesday a senior State Department official confessed to NBC News that “most of the Afghans who helped” the U.S. “did not make it out of Kabul.”
5. He concealed an alliance with the Taliban
In addition to all this, the U.S. president did not report that there was an alliance with the Taliban, to the extent of giving them a list of citizens who were in Afghanistan so that they would allow them to leave Kabul.
This would not be the only alliance, because this Tuesday, September 1, it was known that it is “possible” that the United States seeks to coordinate with the Taliban to carry out attacks in Afghanistan against fighters of the Islamic State.
The U.S. military ousted the Taliban from power in the fall of 2001 and fought against them for the next 19 years, now they appear to be working together without the Americans being aware of it.