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Amid President Joe Biden’s disaster-ridden withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and his smug refusal to answer questions from journalists at his two press conferences, which were taken in-between his vacation at the presidential retreat at Camp David, Biden sat down to speak with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired on Thursday.
Biden repeated much of the rhetoric he graced the public with in the two days prior, but asserted to Stephanopoulos that “no one’s being killed” in Afghanistan.
Biden further asserted to the ABC host that intelligence did not indicate that the Afghan government would collapse as quickly as it did, despite reports from the Intelligence Community precisely to that measure.
Biden said that his advisers did not tell him to delay the troop withdrawal, contradicting reports that it’s exactly what his advisers suggested he do.
“Oh, there is,” Biden replied when Stephanopoulos asked about “pandemonium” at the airport, which saw at least a dozen men climb aboard the landing gear of a US Air Force C-17 transport plane. “But, look – 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.”
Biden tried to downplay the severity of the disastrous evacuation, claiming that “People are – we got 1,000-somewhat, 1,200 out, yesterday, a couple thousand today. And it’s increasing. We’re gonna get those people out.”
Footage showed two men falling to their deaths from hundreds of feet in the air, with a third man being trapped and killed by the gears in mid-air, as Conservative Brief reported.
Biden also brushed off the footage by immediately responding, “That was four days ago, five days ago!” when Stephanopoulos remarked that everyone has seen pictures and footage of the Afghans falling to their deaths. At the time of the interview, the tragic incident had only occurred two days prior.
His claim that “no one’s being killed” has been easily disproven amid reports of more than half a dozen deaths that occurred in the chaos at Kabul’s airport. Reports of Taliban executions throughout the country, including that of special immigrant visa (SIV) holders. The Houston Chronicle reported on Friday that a family member of at least one Afghan interpreter was slain by the Taliban after answering her door. A British citizen stranded in Afghanistan told ITV News that the Taliban have conducted door-to-door raids and executed people in the street. Afghans who spoke to the press in Kabul told of executions and forced “marriages” of girls and young women to Taliban militants in Taliban-held areas of the country, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The Taliban have since set up checkpoints around the airport according to sources who spoke to Fox News, who say that the terrorist militants have been arbitrarily beating and denying entry to people attempting to get to the airport.
Contrary to the Biden administration’s efforts to downplay the catastrophe and reassure the public, the State Department released a series of alerts informing American citizens and allies to head to the airport, while simultaneously warning: “THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT CANNOT ENSURE SAFE PASSAGE TO THE HAMID KARZAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.”
Despite the US forces’ lack of control of Kabul, Biden insisted to Stephanopoulos that the Taliban is keeping to their word by providing “safe passage for Americans to get out.”
The claim flies in the face of a Friday report from national security analyst John Noonan, who asserted through his contact with evacuees directly on the ground in Kabul that the “Taliban is not honoring their word” by “obstructing ingress points to the airport, beating and harassing evacuees, scaring many off. US troops prohibited from expanding perimeter or helping. Many still stuck.”
“I told one woman to move towards the East gate. She has her injured 10 year old girl with her. She sent me this pic and texted that Taliban won’t let them through. 89 degrees, alone, with a little girl hurt from prior day’s rush on the gates. She had to go back,” he wrote.
“Another evacuee: a US citizen texted: ‘We are going tomorrow to airport my mother is also injured and so is one the guys I think he has broken back from the When they hit him with an AK. I also have back problems because I got hit with back of machine gun,’” [sic] Noonan added.
Another evacuee, a US citizen texted:
“We are going tomorrow to airport my mother is also injured and so is one the guys I think he has broken back from the When they hit him with an AK.”
“I also have back problems because I got hit with back of machine gun.”
— John Noonan (@noonanjo) August 19, 2021
During the interview, Biden broadly defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, and said that none of his advisors told him it was a bad idea to leave – prompting Stephanopoulos to contradict him by stating that Biden’s top military advisers urged him to leave 2,500 troops in Afghanistan.
Fox News suggests that the ABC journalist was likely citing a Wall Street Journal report that Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned against a full withdrawal.
“No, they didn’t,” rebutted Biden. “It was split. That wasn’t true. That wasn’t true.”
Pressed on the matter, Biden said, “No. Not at – not in terms of whether we were going to get out in a timeframe all troops. They didn’t argue against that.”
“So no one told – your military advisors did not tell you, ‘No, we should just keep 2,500 troops?’” Stephanopoulos retorted.
“No. No one said that to me that I can recall,” Biden replied.
Biden then said that intelligence did not indicate Afghanistan would collapse as quickly as it did once Americans withdrew from the mission, stating that the intel suggested that the collapse would’ve happened “more likely to be sometime by the end of the year.”
“But you didn’t put a timeline on it when you said it was highly unlikely. You just said flat out, ‘It’s highly unlikely the Taliban would take over,’” Stephanopoulos replied.
“Yeah.,” Biden replied. “Well, the question was whether or not it – the idea that the Taliban would take over was premised on the notion that the, that somehow, the 300,000 troops we had trained and equipped was gonna just collapse, they were gonna give up. I don’t think anybody anticipated that.”
His remarks have been contradicted by a Washington Post fact check that found that the number of active troops in Afghanistan was a whole order of magnitude smaller than Biden’s 300,000 figure.
NBC News reported that CIA’s worst-case estimate of when a collapse could happen “was pretty close to what happened” according to a former official.
A New York Times report citing intelligence briefings doubted whether the Afghan military could stand on its own without American support. All three reports directly contradict Biden’s claims.
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