Tucker Carlson addressed President Joe Biden and his administration’s stunning failures in Afghanistan in a Fox News opinion piece Friday, concluding that the events in Afghanistan reveal “weakness at the very center of the U.S. government” that “possibly can’t be fixed.”
Carlson responded to the comments Biden made in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Thursday about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, questioning inconsistencies in intelligence reports and the intelligence failure to see the takeover coming in order to alert the administration.
The Fox News host alleged that Biden lied in July when he claimed that the U.S. intelligence community never said the Taliban could overtake the Afghan government, adding that it’s impossible to prove that Biden was told of the possibility.
“The intel world may be partisan and deceitful — it certainly is — but we’re betting they’re not completely stupid,” Carlson wrote. “Obviously, they knew the Afghan government could collapse. They must have told Joe Biden that, or at least the people around him. Can we prove that they told him? No, we can’t. And that’s the beauty of using the intel agencies for cover.”
On Thursday, though, Biden seemingly changed his story, claiming that there was “no consensus” among the U.S. intelligence community about the Taliban takeover.
“If you go back and look at the intelligence reports, they said that it’s more likely to be sometime by the end of the year,” Biden told Stephanopoulos. In other words, Biden was told that the Taliban could take over, and would quite possibly do so by the end of the year. Biden didn’t care, apparently, as long as he could get the troops out and claim he ended America’s longest war.
However, Biden has very clearly botched the troop withdrawal, as former President Donald Trump noted succinctly in a statement on the chaotic and humiliating pullout.
What he should have done
“First you bring out all of the American citizens. Then you bring out ALL equipment. Then you bomb the bases into smithereens,” Trump’s statement said. “AND THEN YOU BRING OUT THE MILITARY.”
“You don’t do it in reverse order like Biden and our woke Generals did. No chaos, no death — they wouldn’t even know we left!” Trump added.
Because Biden did not recognize or care about the threat from the Taliban, up to 40,000 — by some estimates — Americans and Afghan allies were left trapped in Afghanistan. Many of them are still there, being hunted by the Taliban, and being prevented from getting to the airport due to Taliban checkpoints.
Because Biden clearly did not follow proper protocol, the Taliban now have hundreds of U.S. military vehicles, 30 to 40 aircraft, and an unknown number of weapons that were in the hands of the Afghan government when it was taken over.
Afghanistan will likely be a serious terror threat to the U.S. for years to come, and thousands of American civilians could lose their lives because Biden couldn’t perform the basic duties of his job as president.