Stories like this are going to come out now. The Biden State and Defense Departments quietly arranged for an escape route in which Taliban members escorted Americans to gates at the Kabul airport in a secret arrangement with the US.
The left, the right, and nearly all of the press were crowing at the time about Biden being caught flat-footed. This was not true, as we now see. Those of us who have defended Biden’s handling of the exit from Afghanistan, whether or not we were in the small minority who do not agree with the full withdrawal from the country, are not surprised to learn that Biden and his team were working skillfully behind the scenes.
But now that the decision to leave has been made, we should support the president, and also support his coming efforts to use our remaining leverage (foreign aid, frozen assets, the need to have international support) to limit Taliban foreign reach and try to limit the coming humanitarian and human rights crises.
When the full story is written, President Biden will – and should – get credit as Commander in Chief for the monumental achievement of getting over 100,000 people and all but 200 Americans, so far, out of Afghanistan safely in nearly impossible circumstances. Circumstances that were not of his making.
There is a growing myopia on the left, causing it to lose sight of the stark reality that Biden’s success as president is critical to preventing a political catastrophe in 2022, which would result in the continuation of the assault on democracy represented by the 1/6/21 attack on our national congress at the Capitol.
As we were saying in 2015, wake up.