Though long known for living in what most conservatives consider a sort of alternate reality, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sounded truly unhinged on Sunday when she declared that President Joe Biden is “to be commended” for “actions he has taken” amid the collapse of Afghanistan this weekend, as the Daily Caller reports.
Pelosi’s words came in a statement issued by her office following word from the White House that an additional 5,000 American troops would be dispatched to assist with the evacuation of Afghanistan and other key tasks amid the Taliban’s stunning takeover of the government.
Lauding “the wisdom” of Biden’s actions, taken while on an R&R weekend at Camp David, Pelosi continued, “The Taliban must know that the world is watching its actions. We are deeply concerned about reports regarding the Taliban’s brutal treatment of all Afghans, especially women and girls.”
“The U.S., the international community, and the Afghan government must do everything we can to protect women and girls from inhumane treatment by the Taliban,” Pelosi added, apparently acting under the assumption that Biden has some sort of plan to do just that.
In his Saturday statement, Biden defended his decision – though not necessarily the manner of its execution – regarding the withdrawal of American forces from the region, which ultimately led to the Taliban taking over much faster than anyone in the administration seemed to expect.
“One more year, or five more years, of U.S. military presence would not have made a difference if the Afghan military cannot or will not hold its own country. And an endless American presence in the middle of another country’s civil conflict was not acceptable to me,” Biden explained, according to The Hill.
These words, according to Pelosi, merited the utmost praise, and she marveled at the president’s “clarity of purpose” and “the wisdom of his actions,” adding, “Most of all, we join the President in acknowledging the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their families.”
Though the House speaker bent over backwards to try and find some grounds upon which to prop up the nation’s failing president in a moment of abject humiliation for the country, some of her fellow Democrats were not so charitable over the weekend, with Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts declaring of the fall of Kabul, “To say that today is anything short of a disaster would be dishonest. Worse, it was avoidable.”
Given the growing consensus that the deteriorating circumstances in Afghanistan are, as former CIA Director and retired Army general David Petraeus described them, “disastrous” and “catastrophic,” not even Nancy Pelosi’s tortured attempt at a positive spin is likely to salvage global perception of this situation for Biden.