Biden Believes he is right in the handling of Afghanistan

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Everything Biden Wanted to Keep Secret From His ABC Interview

August 20,

This week, Joe Biden was interviewed by George Stephanopoulos of ABC News regarding the chaos happening in Afghanistan with the Taliban terrorist group taking over the country and causing havoc as citizens try to flee the now terrorist-run country. Despite the critical topics covered in the interview, nearly 1,000 words were not aired. 

Here are some of the most important moments from the interview that Joe Biden may have wanted not to make it to the final cut.

The Taliban Takeover Was ‘Highly Unlikely’

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let’s get right to it. Back in July, you said a Taliban takeover was highly unlikely. Was the intelligence wrong, or did you downplay it?

BIDEN: I think — there was no consensus. If you go back and look at the intelligence reports, they said that it’s more likely to be sometime by the end of the year. The idea that the tal — and then it goes further on, even as late as August. I think you’re gonna see — the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and others speaking about this later today.

‘Pardon me?’

Joe Biden press conference August 20, 2021. Screenshot via C-SPAN YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCh2fosc2kA

STEPHANOPOULOS: And we don’t really know what’s happening outside of Kabul.

BIDEN: Pardon me?

STEPHANOPOULOS: We don’t really know what’s happening outside of Kabul.

BIDEN: Well– we do know generically and in some specificity what’s happening outside of Kabul. We don’t know it in great detail. But we do know. And guess what? The Taliban knows if they take on American citizens or the American military, we will strike them back like hell won’t have it.

Understating Taliban Threat 

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the threat to the United States? Most intelligence analysis has predicted that Al Qaeda would come back 18 to 24 months after a withdrawal of American troops. Is that analysis now being revised? Could it be sooner?

BIDEN: It could be. But George, look, here’s the deal. Al Qaeda, ISIS, they metastasize. There’s a significantly greater threat to the United States from Syria. There’s a significantly greater threat from East Africa. There’s a significantly greater threat to other places in the world than it is from the mountains of Afghanistan. And we have maintained the ability to have an over-the-horizon capability to take them out. Where– we don’t have military in Syria to make sure that we’re gonna be protected–

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you’re confident we’re gonna have that in Afghanistan?

BIDEN: Yeah. I’m confident we’re gonna have the overriding capability, yes. Look, George, it’s like asking me, you know, am I confident that people are gonna act even remotely rationally. Here’s the deal. The deal is the threat from Al Qaeda and their associate organizations are greater in other parts of the world to the United States than it is from Afghanistan.

2,500 Troops

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STEPHANOPOULOS: So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?

BIDEN: No. No one said that to me that I can recall. Look, George, the reason why it’s been stable for a year is that the last president said, “We’re leaving. And here’s the deal I wanna make with you, Taliban. We’re agreeing to leave if you agree not to attack us between now and the time we leave on May the 1st.”

I got into office, George. Less than two months after I was elected to office, I was sworn in, all of a sudden, I have a May 1 deadline. I have a May 1 deadline. I got one of two choices. Do I say we’re staying? And do you think we would not have to put a hell of a lot more troops? We had– you know, we had hundreds– we had tens of thousands of troops there before. Tens of thousands.

Do you think we woulda — that we would’ve just said, “No problem. Don’t worry about it, we’re not gonna attack anybody. We’re okay”? In the meantime, the Taliban was takin’ territory all throughout the country in the north and down in the south, in the Pasthtun area.

‘No One’s Being Killed Right Now’

Captain Brian Harris, U.S. Army via Wikimedia Commona

STEPHANOPOULOS: Still a lotta pandemonium outside the airport.

BIDEN: Oh, there is. But, look, b– but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now. People are– we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out, yesterday, a couple of thousand today. And it’s increasing. We’re gonna get those people out.

‘Messy’ Exit 

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STEPHANOPOULOS: It sounds like you think we shoulda gotten out a long time ago–

BIDEN: We should’ve.

STEPHANOPOULOS: –and– and accept the idea that it was gonna be messy no matter what.

BIDEN: Well, by the– what would be messy?

STEPHANOPOULOS: The exit–

BIDEN: If we had gotten out a long time ago– getting out would be messy no matter when it occurred. I ask you, you want me to stay, you want us to stay and send your kids back to Afghanistan? How about it? Are you g– if you had a son or daughter, would you send them to Afghanistan now? Or later?

‘Couldn’t Have Been Handled Any Better Way’

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STEPHANOPOULOS: So you don’t think this [the Afghanistan exit] could’ve been handled, this exit could’ve been handled better in any way? No mistakes?

BIDEN: No. I– I don’t think it could’ve been handled in a way that there– we– we’re gonna go back in hindsight and look, but the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens. I don’t know how that happened.

‘That’s My Wife Calling’

Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

STEPHANOPOULOS: I know we’re outta time. I have two quick questions on COVID. I know you’re gonna make– be makin’ an announcement on booster shots today. Have you and the first lady gotten your booster shots yet?

BIDEN: We’re gonna get the booster shots. And– it’s somethin’ that I think– you know, because we g– w– we got our shots all the way back in I think December. So it’s– it’s– it’s past time. And so the idea (NOISE) that the recommendation– that’s my wife calling. (LAUGH) No. (LAUGH) But all kiddin’ aside, yes, we will get the booster shots.

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