- UPDATE: Thirteen U.S service members have been killed by ISIS suicide bombings in Kabul.
- President Biden says he was handcuffed by Trump-Taliban Peace Deal
- That deal was contingent upon negotiations between the Taliban and Afghan government
- The negotiations fell through and there was an escape clause – but Biden ignored it
UPDATE: At least thirteen U.S service members have been killed by ISIS suicide bombings in Kabul.
We’re watching the worst foreign policy disaster in decades. Thousands of Americans and American allies are trapped in a country overrun by terrorists. Evacuation is disorganized and dangerous. And now there have been two suicide bombings at and around Kabul Airport.
A failing foreign policy grade, no matter how you look at it.
The blame is with Biden. And, to a certain extent, he knows it. “The buck stops with me,” Joe said during a press conference earlier this month. But, like any good (or bad) politician, Biden talks out of both sides of his mouth. “The buck stops with me, but it was really the other guy,” is more in line with his feelings on this crisis. Biden presented this false dichotomy in the same press conference:
“There was only a core reality of either following through on the agreement to withdraw our forces or escalating the conflict and sending thousands more American troops back into combat in Afghanistan.”
That’s it. Just those two options. U.S. troops skip town and honor the agreement, or it’s war. But was Joe Biden really restrained by the promises of his predecessor? No, not really. And to claim otherwise is lying.
What Biden is referring to is the Trump administration’s peace agreement signed in Doha, Qatar with members of the Taliban in February of last year. It gave Joe no option but withdrawal, he claims – but there was an escape clause.
“The U.S. could have withdrawn from the accord if Afghan peace talks failed. They did, but Biden chose to stay in it, although he delayed the complete pullout from May to September,” AP news reports. “U.S. officials made clear at the time that the agreement was conditions-based and the failure of intra-Afghan peace talks to reach a negotiated settlement would have nullified the requirement to withdraw.”
Did the Taliban meet the conditions? No, they didn’t. The Taliban and the Afghan government never reached an agreement.
The day before the Doha peace agreement was signed, U.S. negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said, “there is no obligation for the United States to withdraw troops if the Afghan parties are unable to reach agreement or if the Taliban show bad faith.” Trump warned the Taliban of military force should “bad things happen.” Shooting women and peaceful protestors probably qualifies as “bad things.” Threatening American lives probably does, too.
The blame is on Biden and the Taliban are happy to have him in the Oval.