Trump Hopes No One Remembers He Pushed for a Full Afghanistan Withdrawal in June - 2021-08-16
As you've no doubt heard by now, the Biden administration's decision to leave Afghanistan has become an unmitigated disaster thanks to the shocking speed with which the Taliban have taken control of the country. Obviously the situation isn't solely the fault of Joe Biden; rather, it's a 20-year scene in the making, started by a guy who would prefer to be associated with his painting career than with the deaths of thousands of Americans and two unending wars. As my colleague Eric Lutz noted earlier, though, it is the case that "what is happening in Afghanistan is precisely what Biden said, in no uncertain terms, would not happen," from his insistence that the Afghan government would be able to hold the line against the Taliban to his claim that under no circumstances would we see "people being lifted off the roof of an embassy of the United States from Afghanistan," which was almost exactly the case. Most heartbreaking, the administration had sworn it would protect Afghan nationals and other partners on the ground, but many have been left in a terrifying state of limbo.
Still, Biden's three presidential predecessors aren't exactly in a position to criticize. Of course, understanding why they should keep their thoughts on the matter to themselves at this time requires self-awareness—something Donald Trump was born without, hence his absurd call over the weekend for Biden to resign:
Former president Donald Trump Sunday called on President Biden to "resign in disgrace" over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and other issues. "It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy," the former president wrote in a statement.