Editor’s note: This commentary is by Deb Billado, chairwoman of the Vermont GOP.
Here are some promises from Joe Biden on Afghanistan. Can you guess which one he didn’t keep?
“We will not conduct a hasty rush to the exit. We’ll do it responsibly, deliberately, and safely.” — April, 2021
“The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” — July, 2021
“There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy…in Afghanistan.” — July, 2021
“If there are American citizens left, we’re going to stay until we get them all out.” — August, 2021
Answer: all of the above.
From abandoning our 20-year-long mission, to ignoring our humanitarian obligations, to watching civilians die after falling from our planes, Joe Biden is directly responsible for a crisis that can only be summarized as unforgivable.
Perhaps even worse is his attempts to spin the crisis as a foreign policy achievement, or deliberately lie to the American people. Even the Associated Press fact checkers noted Biden “skirts [his] broken promise” on Afghanistan.
In addition to the American citizens, green card holders, visa holders, and more that we left behind, we have turned our shoulder to the people of Afghanistan who are now faced with the impossible reality of darkness and violence imposed by a ruthless gang of terrorists that tortured their lives before our presence in the region — and now will do so again.
But just as bad as the policy failures have been the lies. The refusal to answer questions. The complete unwillingness to accept any responsibility and own up to any mistakes. If our President can’t take accountability for his actions, then who will?
It’s no surprise his approval rating has plummeted (and is now at just 36% among Independents). Sadly, if the Biden administration placed as much effort on controlling the situation on-the-ground as they have trying to control the political fallout, we would have never been in this position.
Biden bows his head in frustration at his press conferences. Instead, he should be sinking in his chair in shame in front of every democratic world leader, who we cannot reasonably look into the eye of with an ounce of integrity anymore.