Donald Trump has lashed out at his successor in the White House for failing to effectively prepare the Afghanistan for US troop withdrawal, accusing Joe Biden of not “following the plan” and running out of the country instead.
On Sunday afternoon, with the Taliban poised to re-take control having entered Kabul Afghanistan’s US-backed president, Ashraf Ghani was flown out of the country.
The catastrophe comes just over a month after Biden insisted the government in Kabul had the “capacity” to endure, repeatedly telling the White House press corps a Taliban victory was not in the least bit inevitable. But with the city on the verge of falling, giving way to shocking images of chinook helicopters evacuating personnel out of the city, scenes reminiscent of Vietnam, Americans are asking serious questions of their doddering president.
“Trump” was soon trending on Twitter as people rushed to point out the tragic Afghanistan calamity did not happen under the former president’s watch, even though the media persistently portrays him as a villain and Biden as a saintly old codger.
“Trump: make America great again. Biden: make the Taliban great again,” tweeted one social media user succinctly.
Another person highlighted two craven moves made by Biden in recent months, including pleading to the Taliban for “safe harbour for Americans”.
“President Trump never begged,” the individual added. “He made us energy independent. And the Taliban and other enemies knew better than mess with him.”
Liberals looked to shift the blame on Trump for opening negotiations with the Taliban, failing to acknowledge he initially campaigned on a platform to withdraw US troops from “endless” foreign interventions. By contrast, Biden was America’s vice president when Barack Obama deployed 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan in 2009.
The Biden Administration has defended itself along these lines with the President claiming in a statement released last night that Trump “imposed” the May 1st withdrawal deadline having left the Taliban in the “strongest position militarily since 2001”.
Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken told US television the May deadline was “inherited” before bizarrely heaping indirect praise on Trump by drawing attention to the ceasefire leading up to the troop withdrawal that saved American lives.
Many on social media were confused as to why the Democrats would gleefully reverse Trump policy after Trump policy since taking over the White House in January, but were happy to retain his Afghanistan deal, which they now indicate was doomed to fail.
According to the man himself, the plan was correct, but Biden’s execution was found wanting with dreadful consequences.
In a statement released last night, Trump accused Biden of running “out of Afghanistan instead of following the plan our administration left for him – a plan that protected our people and our property, and ensured the Taliban would never dream of taking our Embassy or providing a base for new attacks against America. The withdrawal would be guided by facts on the ground.
“After I took out ISIS, I established a credible deterrent. That deterrent is now gone. The Taliban no longer has fear or respect for America, or America’s power,” Trump added.
“This is complete failure through weakness, incompetence, and total strategic incoherence. What a disgrace it will be when the Taliban raises their flag over America’s Embassy in Kabul.”