A little over a month ago Biden was asked if any of his military advisers had told him to "just keep 2,500 troops" in Afghanistan following the withdrawal. Biden's response:
"No. No one said that to me that I can recall."
"That I can recall!" That little equivocation appears to have done a lot of heavy lifting.
Top generals told lawmakers under oath on Tuesday that they advised President Joe Biden early this year to keep several thousand troops in Afghanistan — directly contradicting the president's comments in August that no one warned him not to withdraw troops from the country.
The remarkable testimony pits top military brass against the commander-in-chief as the Biden administration continues to face tough questions about what critics are calling a botched withdrawal that directly led to the deaths of 13 American service members, scenes of chaos at the Kabul airport, and the abandonment of American citizens and at-risk Afghans in the war-torn country.
Gee, that sounds pretty compelling. But hey, maybe Biden was just, you know, distracted when people were telling him to leave some troops behind?
"I was present when that discussion occurred and I am confident that the president heard all the recommendations and listened to them very thoughtfully," McKenzie said.
Oh well! It's not like anything really bad happened during the withdrawal, right? Nothing that would render his failure to follow that advice a tragic and self-imposed mistake?
P.S. Now check out our latest video 👇