President Biden has now resorted to telling outright lies in an effort to trick the American public about what’s really going in in Afghanistan.
In an ABC interview, Biden claimed that “no one’s being killed” in Afghanistan – despite reports of at least twelve deaths amid the chaos at Kabul’s airport and of Taliban beating people on their way to the airport.
Biden further told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that intelligence did not indicate the Afghan government would quickly collapse – which also contradicted reports stating that U.S. intelligence warned Biden of that exact thing happening.
In another outright lie, Biden claimed his advisers did not tell him to delay the troop withdrawal. Reports indicate, however, they did in fact suggest he do this.
“Oh, there is,” Biden said when asked about “pandemonium” near the airport by Stephanopoulos. “But, look – but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now.”
Biden added: “People are – we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out, yesterday, a couple thousand today. And it’s increasing. We’re gonna get those people out.”
On Thursday, NATO officials said 12 people have been killed in and around the airport in Kabul since Sunday, including multiple individuals who were clinging onto an American jet as it departed, and then fell from the sky.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has set up several checkpoints around the airport and according to sources who spoke to Fox News is arbitrarily beating and denying entry to people who are attempting to get to the airport.
State Department alerts saying that people should go to the airport simultaneously warn: “THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.”
The desperate lying Biden nevertheless asserted to Stephanopoulos that the Taliban is providing “safe passage for Americans to get out.”
Biden also more broadly defended his decision to leave Afghanistan, including by saying that none of his advisers told him it was a bad idea to leave the country.
Stephanopoulos said in his conversation with the president that Biden’s top military advisers wanted about 2,500 troops to remain in Afghanistan, likely citing a Wall Street Journal report that Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned against a full withdrawal. But Biden said that was not the case.
“No, they didn’t. It was split. That wasn’t true. That wasn’t true,” Biden said.
Pressed further on whether his advisers told him to keep troops in country, Biden added: “No. Not at – not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.”
“So no one told – your military advisors did not tell you, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops?’” the ABC anchor retorted.
“No. No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden replied.
The president also said that intelligence did not indicate Afghanistan would quickly fold to the Taliban once Americans abandoned their mission there.
“If you go back and look at the intelligence reports, they said that it’s more likely to be sometime by the end of the year,” Biden said.
“But you didn’t put a timeline on it when you said it was highly unlikely. You just said flat out, ‘It’s highly unlikely the Taliban would take over,'” Stephanopoulos replied.
“Yeah.,” Biden said. “Well, the question was whether or not it – the idea that the Taliban would take over was premised on the notion that the, that somehow, the 300,000 troops we had trained and equipped was gonna just collapse, they were gonna give up. I don’t think anybody anticipated that.”
However, NBC News reported that the CIA’s worst-case estimate of what could happen if the U.S. left Afghanistan “was pretty close to what happened” according to a former official.
Critics blasted the disrespectful attempt by Biden to lie to the faces of the American people.
“This is such a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans still in Afghanistan. He had no plan, he has no urgency, and he won’t take responsibility. #Shameful,” former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley wrote on Twitter.
“A truly ignorant and shameful performance by an American president,” Republican Rep. Liz Cheney)wrote.
“No way to avoid this chaos? That’s a bald-faced lie. Joe Biden is as dishonest as he is impotent,” Republican Sen. Tom Cotton wrote.
Author: Frank Redmond