President Joe Biden gave a speech this week in which he claimed his administration made preparations “for every contingency” regarding the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, shocking footage from Kabul’s airport has left many Americans skeptical of Biden’s claim.
Among the skeptics of Biden’s approach to the Afghanistan situation is former acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf, who says that instead of following through on a plan, Biden created a new terrorist safe haven, Fox News reports.
“This is about leadership and the way in which we are removing ourselves and withdrawing from Afghanistan didn’t need to occur,” Wolf said.
Terrorists love it
Wolf warned that “a vacuum of leadership” now exists in the war-ravaged country, stressing that Biden should have had “a plan in place to withdraw U.S. assets while still protecting the citizens of Afghanistan as best he could.”
The former DHS official went on to warn that the collapse of Afghanistan’s government could lead the country to again become a safe haven for terrorist entities — terrorists that could eventually target the U.S. mainland.
“We had intelligence and assets there that could monitor that as we withdraw them as we draw down the embassy, that capability is no longer there and so that gives me pause as I look at threats to the homeland,” Wolf said.
Biden was dead wrong
During a news conference in July, Biden promised that America’s planned withdrawal from Afghanistan would in no way resemble the chaos that followed America’s departure from South Vietnam in 1975.
“The Taliban is not the south — the North Vietnamese army,” Biden said, according to Fox News. “They’re not — they’re not remotely comparable in terms of capability.”
“There is going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy in the — of the United States from Afghanistan,” Biden added.
Biden’s words haven’t aged well when juxtaposed with viral videos and photos showing nearly identical scenes from the fall of Saigon, involving U.S. military helicopters evacuating people from buildings, but this time in Kabul.
The blame game
At one point during his Monday address to a concerned world, Biden lashed out at the Afghan military for refusing to fight despite having a much larger army and well-equipped air force, something the Taliban lacked.
Yet, a report published by the Wall Street Journal on Sunday stated that earlier this year the Biden administration pulled out U.S. contractors who had been servicing the Afghan aircraft, rendering many of the aircraft useless.