Biden: Withdrawal from Afghanistan led to inevitable “chaos ensuing”
In an exclusive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, and the president’s first since the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, President Joe Biden stood firm in his defense of the United States’ withdrawal, but asserted for the first time that he believes the chaos was unavoidable.
STEPHANOPOULOS: “We’ve all seen the pictures. We’ve seen those hundreds of people packed into a C-17. We’ve seen Afghans falling … [from the sky].
BIDEN: “That was four days ago, five days ago.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “What did you think when you first saw those pictures?”
BIDEN: “Well, I thought was ‘We have to gain control of this. We have to move in a way in which we can take control of that airport.’ And we did.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “So, you don’t think this could have been handled, this exit could have been handled, better in any way? No mistakes?
BIDEN: “No, I don’t think it could have been handled in a way that there. We were going to go back in hindsight and look. But the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: “So, for you, that was always priced into the decision?”
Gingrich on Biden’s grasp of Afghanistan: “He has no idea what’s going on!”
Appearing on Fox News Channel with Sean Hannity, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich addressed the disturbing images coming out of Afghanistan and President Joe Biden’s complicity in this American foreign policy disaster.
HANNITY: “While ISIS grew under Biden and Obama, ISIS was systematically destroyed and defeated under Donald Trump. He said it. He did it. And the Taliban, they wouldn’t have tried this under Trump, would be my argument. Your thoughts?”
GINGRICH: “The Biden worldview seems to be: attack your allies, ignore your enemies, pretend that bad things aren’t happening. I mean, I watched his speech this afternoon. I thought, for most people, if you took what you were seeing live, coming out of Afghanistan, the crowds, the fear, the takeover by the Taliban. And then you looked at this speech, where this guy who was clearly totally out of it, he has no idea what’s going on.
“His number one goal in that speech, was to blame anybody else. He said, you know, ‘The buck stops here.’ He didn’t mean that. The buck stops with the Afghan army, the buck stops with Donald Trump. The buck stops somewhere else. But the fact is, this is a major American defeat. It’s going to have huge consequences. It’s going to embolden the Chinese, whether it’s in Taiwan, or the South China Sea. Or frankly, they’re going to become allies of the Taliban, because they want the minerals in which northern Afghanistan is enormously rich.”