2021-09-04 03:01:04 UTC
It's no surprise that former President Donald Trump and his former
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have condemned President Joe Biden's
messy withdrawal from Afghanistan -- after all, the chaotic exit from
Kabul has been deadly and deeply unpopular -- but the truth is that
Biden accomplished exactly what Trump had tried to do in his final year
The only real difference is that Trump wanted to withdraw more quickly
and with less regard for the Afghan citizens who worked with the United
In fact, while Trump and Pompeo have taken their shots at Biden, some of
the key players Trump tapped to carry out his planned withdrawal are
actually praising Biden for finishing a job they say Trump started.
"The fact is this was the Trump-Biden withdrawal," said William Ruger,
tapped by Trump to be U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in September 2020.
So, when Trump told supporters in an Aug. 22 statement that President
Biden gave "enemies all around the world a great and lasting victory
when he unexpectedly and inexplicably removed our great soldiers from
Afghanistan before taking out our U.S. citizens and allies, along with
abandoning many billions of dollars of highest-grade Military
equipment," he had had no plan to do anything differently.
Back in April, his biggest criticism of Biden was that he wasn't acting
faster and sticking with the May 1 deadline Trump had negotiated with
And, while Biden's evacuation included over 100,000 Afghans vulnerable
to the Taliban or who had assisted the U.S. during the 20-year war,
Trump had no real plan to help those Afghan who had worked alongside
The Trump administration had drastically reduced the number of Special
Immigrant Visas issued to Afghan allies, and just recently, Trump
described Biden's mass evacuation of Afghans as a means to airlifting
"terrorists" into "neighborhoods around the world."
MacGregor believes a withdrawal on Trump's timetable would have been
less dangerous because it would not have been done during the fighting
season in Afghanistan.
He also believes the Taliban would have been much less aggressive with
Trump in office, fearing how he would react. But he does not blame Biden
for the chaos of the withdrawal.
"I'm glad President Biden made the decision. He is not responsible for
the details of the withdrawal," MacGregor said. "That is the job
primarily of the secretary of defense -- and General McKenzie and
General Milley certainly should have been involved."
And, as MacGregor pointed out, two of the three people responsible --
Milley and McKenzie -- were appointed by Donald Trump.
DJT had already made it clear his withdrawal would be all about getting
US personnel out, with no real interest in Afghans that supported them.
He said that nation would be left to "rot."
I merrily quote again:
Donald Trump has had a lot to say about how Joe Biden has mishandled the
withdrawal from Afghanistan—but, when given the chance to explain what
he would have done differently, Trump’s master plan boiled down to
leaving the country in smouldering ruins before leaving it forever.
The ex-president appeared on Fox Business on Tuesday morning to get some
things off his chest a day after the last U.S. troops left Afghanistan.
During a curious rant about how he believes unnamed shadowy forces are
controlling Biden, Trump shared his alternative withdrawal plans.
“It’s something that’s rather incredible,” he said. “They [the people
supposedly controlling Biden] do horrible things, vicious things. They
cheat, steal, lie. But they can’t do a simple withdrawal from a country
that we should never have gone into in the first place... We should have
hit that country years ago, hit it them really hard, and then let it rot.”
And now Fox, Trumpers, GOP leaders and deluded people like Stevie and
Johnny are piling on Biden for what Donnie had planned to do! And ignore
how little interest DJT had in getting supportive Afghans out.
Let 'em rot! LOL! What a nice Presbyterian he is.