The Biden presidency represents more than incompetence, bad governance and the loss of American prestige in the world. This White House has also demonstrated a willingness to endanger Americans and non-Americans in the pursuit of its political and ideological goals, particularly in its actions in Afghanistan and on the southern border.
Much of this conduct, in reverse partisan circumstances, would not only trigger media hysteria but, most likely, impeachment.
Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in the deaths of 13 US servicemen at Kabul airport, as well as dozens of Afghan civilians. It has inflicted historic damage on American credibility, destabilizing world politics, while leaving millions of Afghans to suffer oppression and even starvation under the Taliban. It was also sold with a dangerous and false narrative: that Afghan forces were strong enough to repel a rapidly advancing Taliban in the absence of US troops on the ground. As White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, Afghan forces “have what they need.”
Such a rotation, offered on multiple occasions and in coordination by the White House and the Pentagon, was compounded by Biden personally, during a July 23 phone call with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
During the call, the US president encouraged his counterpart to join in the deception and help undermine clear and observable facts: “I don’t need to tell you,” Biden told Ghani, ” the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan … is that things are not going well in terms of fighting the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it is true or not … for … project a different image.
This is exactly what Biden did during a July 8 press conference, when he proclaimed, in defiance of American intelligence, that “the probability that the Taliban will invade everything and possess the whole country is highly improbable.”
Biden and his administration have perpetuated their false narrative in order not to keep classified secrets or to ensure US national security. They did it, instead, to sell their withdrawal plan. Importantly, Biden’s fake account represented a life-threatening fraud for American citizens and United States allies in Afghanistan.
These individuals, whose lives were on the line, deserved the truth from the US administration, rather than continual and baseless assurances. Taking administration at its word, they could believe that time was on their side. While trapped in the ensuing chaos in Kabul, they learned that was not the case.
After ISIS’s bombing on August 26 at Kabul airport that claimed the lives of our military personnel, Biden vowed revenge on the terrorists responsible. âWe are going to hunt you down and make you pay,â he said. On August 29, mistaking aid worker Zemari Ahmadi for a terrorist and a threat to the airport, the United States launched a drone strike against him. The strike killed not only Ahmadi but also nine members of his family, including seven children.
Regardless of the good intentions of US forces trying to prevent another bombardment, the attack cannot be easily dissociated from Biden’s political goals: his desire to appear strong and, possibly, create a distraction from Biden. “shake the dog” style. The president’s August 31 withdrawal deadline also left little time for any planned retribution. We are therefore led to ask ourselves: was the Pentagon pressured by the administration to make an avoidable and terrible mistake, all to adapt to a political rather than a military-strategic calendar? Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested it, observe, âLooks like they were in a hurry. . . . You could see the political pressure.
As for the American border, the president continues his unwavering refusal to apply the law on immigration, and this to lethal effects. It is impossible to know how many deaths actually were suffered on the dangerous journey to Biden’s open border, although even the Washington Post noted that they had reached their “highest point since 2014Â», The International Organization for Migration estimating the death toll at more than 650 in 2021.
It’s also impossible to know how much money has gone to human traffickers and drug cartels, the keepers of so many seeking illegal entry into America. We know that a large number of drugs cross the border, which contributes to the overdose death over a 12 month period in the history of the United States.
The Biden administration has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to address the “root causes” of illegal migration. But the administration’s policies only worsen these fundamental problems, giving several governments in our south an easy solution to their own problems. With Biden’s open border, these governments can simply let people go to the United States, instead of working to improve the lives of their citizens.
In these areas and more, the Biden administration has placed politics and ideology above the interests and lives of American citizens, let alone Afghans and migrants. Of course, the mainstream media and Congressional Democrats will never really hold this White House accountable for its actions. In this midterm election year, it is incumbent on the American people to do so. By ousting Biden’s elected supporters, voters can begin to turn the page on his disastrous presidency.
Augustus Howard is a national and foreign policy columnist.