Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to “change perception”
Reuters reported in a 31 August 2021 article that Joe Biden pressed Ghani to lie about the war in Afghanistan and thereby not reveal that the war was collapsing under Biden’s lack of leadership.
In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics, but neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani appeared aware of or prepared for the immediate danger of the entire country falling to insurgents, a transcript reviewed by Reuters shows.
The men spoke for roughly 14 minutes on July 23. On August 15, Ghani fled the presidential palace, and the Taliban entered Kabul. Since then, tens of thousands of desperate Afghans have fled and 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians were killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport during the frenetic U.S. military evacuation.
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Reuters reviewed a transcript of the presidential phone call and has listened to the audio to authenticate the conversation. The materials were provided on condition of anonymity by a source who was not authorized to distribute it.
In the call, Biden offered aid if Ghani could publicly project he had a plan to control the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. “We will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is,” Biden said. Days before the call, the U.S. carried out air strikes to support Afghan security forces, a move the Taliban said was in violation of the Doha peace agreement.
The U.S. president also advised Ghani to get buy-in from powerful Afghans for a military strategy going forward, and then to put a “warrior” in charge of the effort, a reference to Defense Minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.
Biden lauded the Afghan armed forces, which were trained and funded by the U.S. government. “You clearly have the best military,” he told Ghani. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well.” Days later, the Afghan military started folding across provincial capitals in the country with little fight against the Taliban.
In much of the call, Biden focused on what he called the Afghan government’s “perception” problem. “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
Biden told Ghani that if Afghanistan’s prominent political figures were to give a press conference together, backing a new military strategy, “that will change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think.”
The American leader’s words indicated he didn’t anticipate the massive insurrection and collapse to come 23 days later. “We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” said Biden.
(Read more on the details of the conversation and see three more tweets at Reuters)
Why hasn’t this seen a minute of coverage on the evening news for ABC, NBC, or CBS?
When the man who sits in the Oval Office not only presses another world leader to lie for him, but also offers incentive for that other leader to lie — why isn’t that news for the main stream media? Why haven’t we heard this harped over (as the Texas Fetal Heartbeat bill and the Texas Election Integrity bill have been covered)?
Is it that Americans support Joe and Kamala? According to Rasmussen Reports, 52% of likely voters think Biden should resign over the Afghanistan withdrawal. Additionally, a recent Floridian poll found Kamala to be less popular than Dick Cheney or any other VP over the past 50 years.
As we know from our history books on Andrew Jackson and from our experience with Nancy Pelosi’s campaign against President Trump, the verbiage on impeachment may mention “high crimes and misdemeanors,” but the indictment and removal of the president remains an entirely political process. If the Senate and House do not like a president, they can remove him.
Therefore, if the Democrats remain “as thick as thieves,” they can keep their people in. If the Republicans bend or break at every complaint by Democrats, they will never stand.
Psaki refuses to discuss leaked Biden call with Ghani that shows he knew Afghan army was collapsing
The New York Post pointed out in a 1 September 2021 article that Jen Psaki has refused to comment on Biden having pushed Ghani to lie.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday refused to comment about the leaked phone call between President Biden and former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
Psaki dodged questions from reporters about the July 23 call, in which Biden told the Afghan leader to change the “perception” about the fight against the Taliban, “whether it’s true or not.”
“I’m not going to get into private, diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.
Instead, she maintained that the report was “consistent” with the administration’s past assertions that “no one anticipated … that the Taliban would be able to take over the country as quickly as they did or that the Afghan national security forces would fold as quickly as they did.”
“What the president conveyed publicly and certainly privately as well repeatedly to Afghan leaders is that it’s important that the leaders in Afghanistan do exactly that — lead, show the country they are ready to continue the fight,” Psaki insisted.
Asked if Biden had been trying to push a “false narrative” in the conversation with Ghani, Psaki said she wouldn’t “go into the details of a private conversation.” But she stressed that there was a “collapse in leadership” in the Afghan government long before Ghani fled the country.
A transcript of the call between the two leaders obtained by Reuters showed Biden could well have anticipated the Taliban was capable of completing its takeover of the country.
But neither Biden nor Ghani appeared aware of how quickly the country would fall to the insurgents, who three weeks later, on Aug. 15, stormed Kabul, prompting the Afghan leader to take off.
“We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” Biden vowed to Ghani.
During much of the roughly 14-minute conversation, Biden emphasized what he saw as Afghanistan’s “perception” problem.
(Read about what Biden said to push this line of questioning and Psaki’s hypocrisy at the New York Post)
We need to motivate the Democrats to act as they should
Every time that a Democrat appears in our districts, we need to be there asking questions about Biden, his recorded conversation with Ghani, his promised quid-pro-quo, the leaving of Americans behind enemy lines, the arming of the enemy, and all of Biden’s other failures. We need to know how many terrorists have come over our Southern border. If the Democrats make a claim on a number of illegals, we need proof.
The primary point of the post remains that Democrats cannot let this debacle slip into the past. We must keep the wound created by Biden raw in order that the American people will remember it on election day.
52% of Voters Think Biden Should Resign Over Afghanistan Withdrawal rasmussenreports.com/public_content…—
markone1blog (@Mark1_1blog) September 02, 2021