Joe Biden’s high estimations of the Afghan army have been brutally exposed over social media as Taliban forces enter parts of Kabul amid a collapse in the country’s defences.
Taliban fighters are reported to be making their way directly for the presidential palace to arrange a “peaceful surrender” with the Afghan government. The Taliban claim commanders have been ordered not to attack targets, but gunfire has been heard on the city’s streets.
The fundamentalist group has refused to rule out a return to medieval Islamic rule. “I can’t say right now that’s up to the judges in the courts and the laws. The judges will be appointed according to the law of the future government,” said a spokesperson.
Taliban forces have built up frightening momentum since US troops began pulling out under Joe Biden’s orders on 1 May. The withdrawal has not yet been completed and already Afghan forces, trained and armed primarily by the US, are overrun. In total, the American taxpayer has spent nearly $83bn preparing the Afghan military.
The order has now been given to evacuate all British embassy staff and interpreters, including ex-employees. SAS troops were flown into Kabul on Thursday night to assists with the hasty operation.
This afternoon, it was announced MPs would be recalled from their summer recess to discuss the nightmarish situation unfolding in Afghanistan. “To discuss what? The last 20 years of failure,” commented Arron Banks.
In light of the shocking collapse in resistance, a video of the US President boldly claiming Afghan forces would hold the line against the bloodthirsty Taliban has resurfaced on social media attracting widespread condemnation.
During a Q&A on July 8, President Biden insisted a Taliban takeover was not inevitable. In typically disjointed style Biden said: “No, it is not, because you have the Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped, as well as good as any army in the world, and an air force, against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable.”
Asked by a reporter how his position squares with an intelligence assessment that the Afghan regime would fall apart, Biden answered curtly: “That is not true”.
His eyes glazing over as the reporter asked him to confirm whether America’s intelligence agencies had confronted him with their dire forecasts, then repeating himself.
“That is not true. They did not, they didn’t not reach that conclusion.” Waffling, Biden added: “The Afghan government leadership has to come together. They clearly have the capacity to sustain the government in place.”
The President later dismissed any parallels with America’s traumatic withdrawal from Vietnam, arguing the Taliban’s strength was in no way comparable to the North Vietnamese Army, backed by the Soviets and Communist China.
In a hollow attempt to provide reassurance the Taliban would not prevail Biden said: “The likelihood there is going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”
The reaction on social media has been ferocious.
“Biden’s desertion of Afghanistan will be his Vietnam – a self-inflicted wound of disastrous proportions. Incredible, and utterly shameful, that the most ‘woke’ US President in history has left millions of women to the merciless murderous clutches of the world’s worst misogynists,” tweeted Piers Morgan.
Concern for the fates of Afghan women, who now face extreme curbs on their personal freedom as well as the constant threat of rape and torture is widespread. Julia Hartley-Brewer was another popular figure to stab at Biden’s legacy in Afghanistan that stands at extreme odds with his progressive woke politics back home.
“18 million women and girls in Afghanistan will be banned from showing their faces, treated only as servants to men, baby makers or sex slaves under the Taliban,” tweeted Hartley-Brewer. “So where’s the outcry from the #MeToo women? Did you use all your anger up over the tampon tax and wolf whistling?”
Conservative commentator, Tim Montgomerie aired his concern for the massive stash of weapons now in Taliban hands. “And all of that army’s hi-tech, hi-cost weapons left for the Taliban to use against us. Good work Joe,” he tweeted.
In the US, right-wing figures have been just as scathing. “Joe Biden’s legacy will mirror LBJ’s,” tweeted Candace Owens. “He’ll be remembered as an avowed racist who cheated his way to the top, rapidly expanded the welfare state, and (rather than in Vietnam) will be synonymous with disaster in Afghanistan. Like Lyndon Johnson, @JoeBiden will not run again.”
Responding to news the White House has ordered for US troops to be deployed back into Afghanistan, former Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo posted on social media: “The Biden administration’s sending of over 3,000 American troops back into Afghanistan is a result of poor planning and poor leadership in attempting to execute an operation that had been set up for success by the Trump administration.”