The Biden administration has received widespread criticism over its chaotic handling of the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan.
Now, even a one-time Obama administration official is calling for President Joe Biden’s national security adviser to be fired. Brett Bruen, who served as global engagement director under former President Barack Obama, penned a USA Today op-ed in which he argued for Jake Sullivan’s ouster.
“Disconnect between ideas and implementation”
Writing that Biden “needs to shake up his national security team,” Bruen pointed to the “disaster that unfolded in Afghanistan” in recent days as evidence.
“The people, plans and processes the president has put in place to keep America safe are not working,” he wrote. “It sadly led to the most unnecessarily embarrassing day in the history of the National Security Council.”
According to the former official, Sullivan is “bright” and “knows all the theories and academic arguments in foreign policy,” but that is not enough to justify his current position.
Bruen complained that Sullivan’s “overseas experience is less robust” and has led to a “disconnect between ideas and implementation.”
Specifically, he contends that the national security adviser failed to anticipate “potential pitfalls and problems” that stemmed from Biden’s desire to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in short order.
“The botched execution of our withdrawal”
“President Biden needs to fire his national security adviser and several other senior leaders who oversaw the botched execution of our withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Bruen insisted.
The White House appears to have made some unexpected choices in its handling of the drawdown, including the decision to withdraw U.S. aircraft contractors from Afghanistan earlier in the year.
That move has been attributed to the crippling of the Afghan air force, which is particularly troubling considering the fact that its army followed America’s template of relying on airstrikes to complete many missions.
Another questionable move involved abandoning Bagram Airbase last month. The location had once been America’s largest Afghan airbase and might have been used to assist in evacuations.
Furthermore, the facility was looted shortly after U.S. personnel departed, with much of the military equipment reportedly ending up in the hands of Taliban militants.