On the July 23 2021 Call Between Biden and Ghani
Always the consummate politician President Joe Biden spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani by phone on July 23, 2021 and said basically it is all about optics (perceptions) and Ghani is the one who needs to change the perception by stating (whether true or not) that Afghans are winning against the Taliban.
Based on Biden’s own words the Afghan military is superior in strength and fighting ability. Saying the right words will insure US close air support to fight this much inferior enemy. Biden pledged to fight hard diplomatically, politically, economically, just not militarily unless Ghani says the right things.
When President Ghani said “we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this, so that dimension needs to be taken account of. Second, what is crucial is, close air support…” it was completely ignored by Biden. Ghani said a meeting with the Taliban went nowhere because there seemed to be an unknown agreement by the US and the Taliban, most noticeable because of US hesitancy in attacking the Taliban from the air.
In less than 30 days later President Biden had pulled the proverbial rug out from under President Ghani and the Afghan people by capitulating to the Taliban, even as Afghan’s Urban Resistance continued to fight this invading army. It appears that US interests were for not only for regime change, but a complete change of government at the expense of the Afghan people and the embarrassment and cost of American and Afghan lives.
In all of Joe Biden’s 40 years in politics and his actions in Afghanistan are reminiscent to what US government officials did back in the days when treaties between US presidents and Indian chiefs were routinely broken for financial and political gain.
Biden buttered up Ghani with flattery reserved for the fatted calf before the slaughter, “it is clearly in the interest of the people of Afghanistan, that you succeed and you lead. And though I know this is presumptuous of me on one hand to say such things so directly to you, I have known you for a long while, I find you a brilliant and honorable man.”
It is too bad that Joe Biden is not such a brilliant or honorable man as well or that President Ghani had to flee Afghanistan while the US began handing over Afghanistan to the Taliban.
We are told that Afghanistan’s military folded like a cheap suit, unable or unwilling to fight.
I say not so fast.
Biden made promises to Afghanistan and the American people that he had no intention or ability to keep. He put American lives at risk. His actions directly led to the deaths of 13 Americans (that we know of) and an untold number of American lives he left standing in the dust, not to mention the countless Afghan lives put at risk or the deaths by Taliban hit squads. If you voted for or in any way enabled this man to be sworn in as president their blood is on your hands too. – I am the Real Truckmaster!