In stark contrast to the practices of former President Donald Trump, who routinely dismissed national security brass who did not live up to expectations, President Joe Biden has no plans fire or hold accountable any of the senior officials behind his administration’s handling of the chaos in Afghanistan, according to a new report from Axios.
Recent days have seen a deluge of criticism of a number of top administration officials including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and others, but according to “people familiar with the matter,” those individuals can rest assured that their jobs are safe as long as Biden is in charge.
The president has held fast to his belief that he and members of his administration have conducted the American exit from Afghanistan in the best and most prudent manner possible under the circumstances, and that while the process was always going to be “messy,” he is certain that “history is going to record this was the logical, rational, right decision to make,” as Breitbart reported.
According to Axios, though it appears highly unlikely that any noteworthy heads will roll in D.C. over what many characterize as a crushing humiliation of America on the world stage, things could theoretically change if scenes from Kabul markedly deteriorate or there is a loss of U.S. life on the ground.
The idea that the jobs of those at the helm of the American ship of state over the past several weeks are utterly safe as long as Biden has anything to say about it will certainly infuriate the growing chorus of lawmakers who have demanded resignations as well as firings, calling some of their preferred targets out by name.
Tennessee GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn singled out Biden’s national security advisor for particular scorn, tweeting Thursday that the president should fire numerous top officials, “starting with Jake Sullivan.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) last week called for the departure of “Biden’s entire defense and foreign policy team,” a group he says is responsible for “the worst foreign policy debacle since Vietnam.”
Frequent administration critic Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) described what he views as an “overwhelming” degree of incompetence displayed by the Biden team, asserting that “there need to be resignations, there need to be firings. They couldn’t have done this in a worse way.”
If the Axios report is true, and Biden has no intention of imposing professional consequences on those who have so badly bungled the situation in Afghanistan, perhaps, as Trump himself put it, the commander in chief is actually the one who needs to “resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen.”