President Joe Biden has received a rare bipartisan backlash to his administration’s botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Even far-left comedian Bill Maher took a swipe at the president during a recent broadcast of his HBO talk show.
“How could it be more incompetent?”
Of course, he satisfied his progressive audience with some tough words for Republicans as well, but the segment that aired on Friday was clear in its focus on Biden.
Maher brought up the fact that former President Donald Trump initiated the military drawdown, a decision he denounced as “f***ed up and crazy.”
From there, however, he let loose with a series of jabs aimed at the White House and his own Democratic Party.
“The people who know what they’re doing — the Democrats — and the pullout looks exactly … I can’t think of how it could’ve looked any different if it was Trump,” he said.
Amid a chaotic situation that has left thousands of Americans and allies trapped behind enemy lines, Maher concluded: “I mean, how could it be more f***ed up? How could it be more incompetent? How could it be more Trumpian? So what do I say to myself when I sleep at night when the adults are back in charge and they f*** it up exactly as bad as Trump would?”
“It had to happen”
Of course, he stopped short of sympathizing with critical Republicans, denouncing those who are calling for Biden to resign or face impeachment.
Furthermore, he predicted that the troop withdrawal will “look good and brave” in retrospect, adding: “It was going to happen, it had to happen, and [Biden] was the one who f***ing pulled the Band-Aid off.”
For his part, the president has been busy shifting blame in the days since the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan.
In addition to blaming Trump, he also asserted that Afghan’s military failed to put up a sufficient fight against Taliban militants. Those Afghan troops, however, were trained to fight like their U.S. counterparts — and the U.S. reportedly left the country without providing adequate support to continue doing so.
At this point, it matters less who is ultimately to blame than who is prepared to step up and fix it. So far, it does not appear that Biden will lead that charge.