Joe Biden on foreign policy is a bit like Paul Krugman on the economy — always wrong, as former Obama Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.
It’s one of those things like death and taxes that you know will always be there in some way.
So when Joe Biden says that it isn’t inevitable that the Taliban will be taking over in Afghanistan now that we are pulling out, you know there’s going to be a big problem.
“No, it is not,” Biden stated when asked about an “inevitable” Taliban takeover. “Because you have the Afghan troops, they’re 300,000 well-equipped, as well equipped as any army in the world, and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable.”
Later in the impromptu press conference, the president rejected reports claiming that U.S. intelligence assessments and top military officials in the country have determined the Taliban will take back power within a year — or sooner.
“That is not true,” Biden answered flatly to a question on the subject. “They did not reach that conclusion.”
So did he just deny the intelligence community’s assessment? Yes, he did. Where is the media to attack him over that, as they did President Donald Trump? And he got testy as he frequently does when he’s challenged (and wrong).
Sounds like U.S. intel might know a bit more than Biden.
Well, that was a fun 20 years. What else is on tv? pic.twitter.com/ONm0uezWMM
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) July 9, 2021
The Taliban is claiming today that they are in control of 85% of the country after they seized key border crossings with Iran and Turkmenistan as part of their ongoing actions. While the 85% is likely an exaggeration, claiming “most” might not be wrong and the seizure of the border crossings is true.
The Taliban has taken control of two border crossings, both in Herat province:
Islam Qala, which borders Iran
Torghundi, which borders Turkmenistan
The Afghan government is losing control of its borders. https://t.co/Tdg5hs36hy
— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) July 9, 2021
The Taliban is also advancing on
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