President Joe Biden was already facing a number of challenges at home during his first year in the White House, but what has unfolded in Afghanistan over the past 72 hours will likely steer the course of what remains of his presidency.
As The Washington Times writer Seth McLaughlin pointed out, while Biden remained tucked away from the media, America, and the world during the literal fall of Afghanistan, the president’s mouthpieces embarrassingly attempted to deflect any blame for what has transpired, while criticism of the president’s handling of the developing situation continues to ramp up.
“This is going to be a stain on this president and his presidency, and I think he’s going to have blood on his hands for what they did,” Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) said during a CNN interview, adding that he believes what happened is an “unmitigated disaster of epic proportions.”
Former President Donald Trump issued a statement on Biden’s response to losing Afghanistan, making clear that he believes the sitting president should immediately resign in disgrace.
“It is time for Joe Biden to resign in disgrace for what he has allowed to happen to Afghanistan, along with the tremendous surge in COVID, the Border catastrophe, the destruction of energy independence, and our crippled economy,” the former president wrote.
As some top Biden administration officials attempted to blame the Trump administration for what took place under Biden’s watch over the weekend, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured Americans that there would have been a much different outcome if Trump were still in charge.
“I can assure you if I were still secretary of state with a commander in chief like President Trump, the Taliban would have understood that there were real costs to pay if there were plots against the United States of America,” Pompeo said over the weekend.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) called the situation “President Biden’s Saigon moment,” and added, “President Biden’s intelligence community got this devastatingly wrong.”
Only time will tell just how devastating the fall of Afghanistan will be for Biden, but at the very least, hopefully, the United States president can take a few moments away from his relaxing vacation at Camp David to let us know what’s going on.