Many of the images coming out of Afghanistan in the wake of Kabul’s fall to the Taliban have been heartbreaking. Regardless of what one thinks of the decision to withdraw U.S. forces from a country we have been waging war in for twenty years, it’s only reasonable to ask if President Biden could have conducted this operation in a less chaotic fashion. Perhaps the tragic scenes we’ve witnessed were inevitable, perhaps they weren’t.
One thing that is certain is that the Republican hacks burying the White House beneath a pile of bad faith criticisms should not be taken seriously. Donald Trump originally criticized Biden for not withdrawing troops sooner after failing to deliver on his own promise to do so. Now Trump is pretending that he actually would have done things completely differently and that his handling of the situation would have been vastly superior. These are lies and Trump even bragged that the Biden White House was powerless to stop the withdrawal he put into motion.
Not surprisingly, the former president’s sycophantic son Donald Trump Jr. is aping his father’s attempts to rewrite history. Junior’s Twitter account has become a nonstop string of attacks on Biden over Afghanistan, with the usual stomach-churning praise of the man who sired him thrown in for good measure. Today, he shared what he claimed was a statement from his father.
“Leaving Americans behind for death is an unforgivable dereliction of duty, which will go down in infamy,” the former president reportedly said, making what appears to be a tepid attempt to channel the famous rhetoric of FDR after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The allegation that President Biden has left Americans “behind for death” is patently false, as the White House is actively working to fly out those who need to be flown out of the area. If anything goes “down in infamy” it will be the failure of Biden’s predecessors to withdraw from the war sooner despite their knowing that the war essentially could not be won.
The last person who has any credibility on Afghanistan—or anything else for that matter—is Donald Trump.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.
Leaving Americans behind for death is an unforgivable dereliction of duty, which will go down in infamy.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 20, 2021
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