I don't use the term "nuclear" lightly here.
Mike Pence took Biden to town over the travesty happening in Afghanistan. I mean, look at this opening statement in his op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.
"The likelihood there's going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country [of Afghanistan] is highly unlikely," President Biden confidently proclaimed in July. "There's going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy."
Savage. May I remind you that this is coming from Mike freaking Pence, a guy so stoic that he wouldn't even swat a fly off his face on national TV.
One month later, the scenario Mr. Biden deemed impossible has become a horrifying reality. In recent days, the world has watched panicked civilians cling to U.S. military aircraft in a desperate attempt to escape the chaos unleashed by Mr. Biden's reckless retreat. American diplomats had to beg our enemies not to storm our embassy in Kabul. Taliban fighters have seized scores of American military vehicles, rifles, artillery, aircraft, helicopters and drones.
The Biden administration's disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan is a foreign-policy humiliation unlike anything our country has endured since the Iran hostage crisis.
Biden's dream of being "FDR 2.0" is really slipping and Pence's comparison to the Iranian hostage disaster under Jimmy Carter is 100% on purpose.
It has embarrassed America on the world stage, caused allies to doubt our dependability, and emboldened enemies to test our resolve. Worst of all, it has dishonored the memory of the heroic Americans who helped bring terrorists to justice after 9/11, and all who served in Afghanistan over the past 20 years.
Even the most ardent fanboys of Joe Biden (lookin' at you, CNN) can't ignore that this is straight-up truth, no matter how they try to hide the wails of Afghan women with videos of Joe Biden eating chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream.
Pence then discussed the deal the Trump administration made in 2020, and while there are certainly issues we could pick apart with said agreement, I want you to focus on this statement from Pence:
America had only 2,500 U.S. troops in the country—the smallest military presence since the war began in 2001.
America's endless war was coming to a dignified end, and Bagram Air Base ensured we could conduct counterterrorism missions through the war's conclusion.
The progress our administration made toward ending the war was possible because Taliban leaders understood that the consequences of violating the deal would be swift and severe. After our military took out Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani, and U.S. Special Forces killed the leader of ISIS, the Taliban had no doubt we would keep our promise.
This is a brutal uppercut to Biden. The guy should immediately see a doctor because Pence just smacked him clear across the room.
You see, Pence gets it. America had a contingency of soldiers there that was largely fixing the equipment we'd given the Afghan army and maintaining the fortress that was Bagram Air Base to ensure the baddies didn't try anything stupid.
And if they DID try anything stupid, they knew from how we yeeted other terror leaders out of existence that we would do the same to them in a heartbeat in order to save innocent lives.
Pence indirectly references Trump's own withdrawal plan, but contrasts it with what Biden did by listing all the things Biden did that were counterintuitive in protecting the nation from the Taliban:
- "He quickly announced that U.S. forces would remain in Afghanistan for an additional four months without a clear reason for doing so."
- "There was no plan to transport the billions of dollars worth of American equipment recently captured by the Taliban..."
- "...Or evacuate the thousands of Americans now scrambling to escape Kabul"
- "...Or facilitate the regional resettlement of the thousands of Afghan refugees who will now be seeking asylum in the U.S. with little or no vetting."
It seems that the president simply didn't want to appear to be abiding by the terms of a deal negotiated by his predecessor.
Once Mr. Biden broke the deal, the Taliban launched a major offensive against the Afghan government and seized Kabul. They knew there was no credible threat of force under this president."
Hoo boy. Someone go check to make sure Biden is still at Camp David and that this roundhouse kick didn't send him into the stratosphere.
Weakness arouses evil—and the magnitude of evil now rising in Afghanistan speaks volumes about the weaknesses of Mr. Biden.
Utter nuclear obliteration.
To limit the carnage, the president has ordered more troops to Afghanistan, tripling our military presence amid a supposed withdrawal.
After 20 years, more than 2,400 American deaths, 20,000 Americans wounded, and over $2 trillion spent, the American people are ready to bring our troops home.
But the manner in which Mr. Biden has executed this withdrawal is a disgrace, unworthy of the courageous American service men and women whose blood still stains the soil of Afghanistan.
I'm really not trying to be a sycophant of Mike Pence here. I'm just calling it like I see it. Pence understands the situation in Afghanistan a million times better than Joe.
Gotta say, I miss the man.
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