President Joe Biden appeared disengaged and listless as the tragic and bloody final chapter of America’s longest war unfolded this weekend, leaving many Americans feeling leaderless at a moment of profound grief and confusion for the nation.
According to Breitbart, Biden walked away in anger when asked to comment on the then-unfolding evacuation crisis in Afghanistan on Sunday, and later, he appeared distracted and disinterested at a ceremony for 13 American troops who died in a terror attack in the war’s final hours.
Biden takes flak following failed withdrawal
America’s chaotic, humiliating evacuation had lasted two weeks and came with loss when suicide bombers who targeted the airport in Kabul killed American troops, marking the first time the U.S. suffered casualties in the war since February 2020, according to The Washington Post.
Many of the fallen were in their early 20s and were just children when the war began under President George W. Bush in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
Biden, for his part, looked bored and restless during a ceremony in their honor at Dover Air Force Base on Sunday, where he was spotted checking his watch during the solemn event, the New York Post reported.
As America mourned, Biden appeared eager to avoid questions at a briefing on Hurricane Ida. At first, he invited reporters to pepper him, saying, “I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” in the latest bizarre reference from Biden suggesting he does not engage with the public independently.
But the president was clearly impatient when Bloomberg reporter Jennifer Jacobs began asking if there was still a threat the airport, prompting Biden to rap his hands on the podium and reply, “I’m not gonna answer on Afghanistan now,” before abruptly walking away, according to Breitbart.
USA’s longest war reaches tragic conclusion
The war was bloody to the last moment as retaliatory airstrikes by the U.S. targeting ISIS killed several civilians, including children, over the weekend, according to reports.
The United States completed its withdrawal from the war-torn nation Monday as ISIS fired rockets at Kabul’s airport that were intercepted.
The general in charge of U.S. Central Command, Kenneth McKenzie, acknowledged the “heartbreak” of the departure, which left Americans in “the very low hundreds” behind after more than than 100,000 people, including over 5,000 Americans, were evacuated since July, USA Today reported.
While the war is over, the Biden administration said they will continue working diplomatically to get Americans and Afghans who want to leave out of the country.
Biden also released a written statement on the war’s end and said he would expand in a speech Tuesday.