On a day when others are commemorating the loss of nearly 3,000 American lives on 9/11, Biden is still preoccupied with defending his disastrous, deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan. At one point, he claims Al Qaeda was “wiped out” in Afghanistan, something that’s completely untrue. He then leans forward and says, “Can Al Qaeda come back, well yeah, but guess what?” before sarcastically saying “it’s already back in other places, what’s the strategy, every place where Al Qaeda is, we are gonna invade and have troops there…c’mon.”
I can’t think of a worse time to make the argument he’s making than at a memorial for victims of 9/11 who were murdered by Al Qaeda. Even if Biden believes what he’s saying, just wait until tomorrow to say it. This was just not the time. Combine that with his tone and tenor, defensive and angry at times, and what transpired was very jarring.
In the second half of the clip, the president cites public approval as supportive of his decision ,before launching into a nonsensical analogy about Tajikistan. While I’m not sure what point he was attempting to make, he claims that had a C-130 been landed there, people would be hanging onto the wheel wells. Yet, that’s exactly what happened in Afghanistan, with several men falling to their deaths. Has he forgotten already, or does he not realize how offensive such an analogy is?
Everything about Biden’s brief interaction here was odd and out of place. More