Joe Biden’s worst day as President has turned into his worst month as President, and it is still an ongoing situation. In April of 2021, after nearly 20 years of armed conflict in Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans generally had a consensus that it was time to leave the Middle Eastern country and to finally end the longest war in American history. Joe Biden, along with his Vice President Kamala Harris, decided to have all U.S. troops withdrawn from Afghanistan by August 31, and both were confident that the Afghanistan army (which the United States spent 20 years and billions of dollars to train and supply) would be able to hold their own in the event of a potential Taliban overthrow. That is exactly what didn’t happen.
The Fall of Kabul
In early July, Joe Biden ordered the remaining U.S. forces in Afghanistan to abandon Bagram Airfield, unannounced and in the dead of night. Our Afghan allies, who have relied on the United States for protection against terrorists like the Taliban, returned to the airbase in the morning to find that everyone had left, and they would now be on their own. One month later, as U.S. forces in the country continued to shrink in numbers with the deadline of August 31 approaching, the Taliban took the offensive and captured the capital city of Kabul. It was just days after the Taliban began their recapture attempts of Afghanistan that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (the government that the United States spent 20 years trying to stabilize) surrendered to the terrorist organization.
Scenes of the chaos unfolding at the Kabul airport spread rapidly on social media, showing desperate Afghans clinging onto planes in the process of takeoff, some falling to their death shortly thereafter. With the rapid collapse of Afghanistan as a result of withdrawal orders from Joe Biden, criticism of the President’s decisions quickly came in, and rightfully so. Whether one fell on the side of the argument advocating for staying in Afghanistan until the Taliban and similar entities were no longer a threat, or the other side advocating for the U.S. leaving Afghanistan as soon as possible, there was overwhelming agreement that the way the withdraw was handled was unnecessarily disastrous, and that this would be Joe Biden’s worst foreign policy decision of his Presidency.
It was soon reported that, along with Bagram Airfield, U.S. forces had left behind billions of dollars in military equipment, including 33 Blackhawk helicopters and 4 C-130 fixed-wing aircraft, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Congressman Jim Banks (R-IN) stated that the Taliban, who took over the abandoned airfield, now has more Blackhawk helicopters than 85% of the rest of the world, all paid for by U.S. taxpayer dollars. The situation in Afghanistan was getting worse by the minute, all at the order of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Then, the bombs started going off.
Fatal Decisions from the Oval Office
Biden was committed to continuing the evacuation of Afghanistan amid a high-risk level for another terror attack, likely due to pressure from the Taliban leadership who warned of “consequences” should the U.S. stay beyond the August 31 deadline. Joe Biden was informed of the possibility of these terror attacks, as well as the fact that many American citizens who remained in Afghanistan would not be able to be evacuated by the time the last U.S. plane took off from the Kabul airport.
The Biden administration could not have dug themselves in a deeper hole than they did in Afghanistan. The sudden abandoning of Bagram that essentially handed over billions of dollars in military equipment to the Taliban; leaving our Afghan allies to be at the mercy of terrorists as we recklessly failed to help them escape the country; abiding by demands from the Taliban regarding when we should be completely out of the country, even though we knew we could not evacuate every American citizen from Afghanistan before the deadline; failing to take necessary precautions that could have easily thwarted the suicide bombings that killed 13 American soldiers; and now officially stranding at least over 100 Americans in the Taliban-run country. It is time for accountability.
Resign in Disgrace, Impeach and Remove, Whatever Gets Biden Out of Power
Addressing the nation following the Kabul terror attack, Biden predictably proceeded to blame former President Trump for the way the Afghanistan withdrawal unfolded, while in the same breath saying he “bear[s] responsibility for fundamentally all that’s happened.” After weeks of the withdraw failing, Biden refused to take questions from the podium regarding his decision to withdraw the troops with the set deadline, as well as regarding his miscalculation that the Taliban was unlikely to take over the country. When he finally took questions at the address of the terror attack, from a predetermined list of reporters given to him along with instructions from whoever is really running the show in the Oval Office, he grew clearly frustrated with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy after Doocy pressed Biden on his sense of responsibility for the events in Afghanistan, especially the 13 servicemembers that were killed. When the caskets holding the remains of the 13 U.S. soldiers killed in the Kabul airport attack arrived on the tarmac at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Joe Biden attended the dignified transfer ceremony along with his wife and the families of the fallen. When meeting with the families, Biden allegedly continued to talk about his own son, Beau, who died of cancer some years earlier after serving in a non-combat role in the U.S. military, then rolled his eyes at a Gold Star mother. On the tarmac, Biden was also seen checking his watch as the caskets were being brought out of the aircraft, one Gold Star father saying he did so for all 13 caskets. Biden was told to “burn in hell” after the dignified transfer ceremony by one Gold Star sister.
In 2019, President Trump was impeached by a divided House of Representatives for a phone call to the newly elected Ukrainian president. At what point do the Democrats in Congress, who hold a majority, for now, decide that Joe Biden’s actions are inexcusable, his lack of competence in such a high-level leadership role as the President of the United States is intolerable, and that he is not fit to hold the highest office in the land? Joe Biden himself must have come to realize in the midst of all of this chaos that he might have been in over his head with the responsibilities that come with being Commander-in-Chief, and those in his circle must be whispering about his ability to lead. Leaving behind billions of dollars in military equipment for the Taliban to take without hesitancy alone should be considered an impeachable offense, as should stranding Americans in a hostile country to be at the mercy of terrorists, and failing to act in protecting the lives of American troops. His behavior towards the Gold Star families, whose family members’ deaths he is responsible for, would be motive enough to resign in disgrace if he were the sensible and compassionate person the Democratic Party sold him as. Whatever the course of action may be, it is high time for Joe Biden to no longer act as the President of the United States; whether his successor is more or less desirable is a matter to be left for another time, because the reality remains that Joe Biden is unfit to be President, and should be held accountable for his pathetic inaction and poor decision-making.