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The withdrawal of the United States military from Afghanistan has, without a doubt, been a disaster for the Biden administration and its allies, who’ve left countless women and children at the mercy of their conquering Taliban overlords who swiftly moved to take over all of the fallen nation’s cities, including its capital of Kabul on Sunday.
A newly surfaced report from The Atlantic from earlier this year reveals what President Joe Biden said in 2010 about leaving women and children behind in Afghanistan following a hypothetical pullout.
In response to a question about the United States’ obligations to Afghans, like a young girl attending school in Kabul — a prohibited activity under Taliban rule, which expressly bans women and girls from receiving an education — then-Vice President Biden said, “F*** that.”
In December 2001 following the United States’ overthrow of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush asked Biden, who was at that point a U.S. Senator to draft a proposal that would allow American forces to win the hearts and minds of Muslim youth in Afghanistan.
Biden reportedly visited Kabul and met a young Afghan girl who informed him, “You cannot leave. They will not deny me learning to read. I will read, and I will be a doctor like my mother. America must stay,” she reportedly said according to the New Yorker in 2004.
The New Yorker reported:
“I promise I’ll come back,” Biden told her. “You cannot leave,” the girl insisted. “They will not deny me learning to read. I will read, and I will be a doctor like my mother. I will. America must stay.” As Biden put it in a recent interview, the Afghan girl was telling him, “Don’t f*** with me, Jack. You got me in here. You said you were going to help me. You better not leave me now.”
The Atlantic report states:
By the time Biden became vice president in 2009, the disastrous war in Iraq, the endemic corruption of the Afghan government, and the return of the Taliban had made him a deep skeptic of the American commitment. He became the Obama administration’s strongest voice for getting out of Afghanistan.
In 2010, he told Richard Holbrooke, Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, that the U.S. had to leave Afghanistan regardless of the consequences for women or anyone else. According to Holbrooke’s diary, when he asked about American obligations to Afghans like the girl in the Kabul school, Biden replied with a history lesson from the final U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia in 1973: “Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
As noted by the Daily Mail, Holbrooke was a special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009 for the Obama administration, serving as one of its principal advisors on US foreign policy in the countries up until his death in December 2010 when he died.
Biden’s remarks on Monday, in which he bragged that “the buck stops with me” on the subject of the Afghanistan withdrawal, Biden appeared to reiterate his long-standing position on Afghanistan and channeled Holbrooke who “got away with it,” as contextualized by his prior remarks praising Nixon and Kissinger’s ability to deftly ignore the plight of those left behind in the wreckage of their failed military interventionism and United States’ expeditionary involvements in foreign conflicts.
In his speech on Monday, Biden stated, “The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what’s happened? Afghanistan political leaders gave up and fled the country. The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight. … I am president of the United States of America. And the buck stops with me.”
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