Afghans, Americans, and others swarm U.S. Air Force C-17 jet at Kabul International Airport - August 16, 2021. Photo: Morteza Kazemian via Twitter.

NEW YORK — The Taliban’s stunning return to tyranny in Afghanistan is yet another epic fail, courtesy of the breathtakingly incompetent Joseph Robinette Biden. The president’s leadership vacuum, which the Taliban filled at the speed of sound, features numerous facets, each more disturbing than the last.  

First, rather than take responsibility for this calamity, Biden pointed fingers. He blamed — who else? — former President Donald J. Trump. As Biden’s statement explained on Saturday:

When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces. Shortly before he left office, he also drew U.S. Forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500. Therefore, when I became President, I faced a choice — follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies’ Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict. I was the fourth President to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan — two Republicans, two Democrats. I would not, and will not, pass this war onto a fifth.


Biden pleads today that he was imprisoned by “a deal” negotiated by President Trump. What a whiny lie! Biden now claims that he was impotent to craft what he considers a better deal. Would that it were so. Biden promiscuously has sliced to ribbons everything that Trump touched, short of the White House guest book. Biden shredded Trump’s:

Keystone XL Pipeline agreement with Canada

sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany

“Remain in Mexico” pact regarding asylum seekers

immigration-caravan-prevention treaties with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

abandonment of the Iran-nuclear deal

rejection of the Paris pact on so-called “global warming”

If Biden had not spent the last seven months undoing Trump’s every action, he could have repealed and replaced the Afghanistan accords that he now says hold him hostage.

Second, as retired General Jack Keane and others have observed, the Taliban hide in caves in the winter. So, Biden should have pulled out then, not at the height of today’s fighting season, when it’s warm, dry, and evildoers move with ease.

Third, rather than retreat from everywhere, all at once, Biden could have followed Trump’s “conditions-based” withdrawal plan: Depart one province, allow Afghan forces to establish security, then — and only then — depart from the next province. 



Biden spurned Trump’s patience and discipline. Instead, Biden acted recklessly and impulsively, with catastrophic results. 

Fourth, Biden evidently didn’t bother to tell the Afghans that the US planned to abandon Bagram Air Base and other facilities. Biden ordered American GIs to get up and leave. The Afghans were not there to relieve them. Instead, they showed up, and Uncle Sam was gone. This left the Afghans dazed, confused, and rife with separation anxiety.

Afghans climb a luggage slide in a desperate bid to escape Kabul International Airport. Photo: Nicola Careem via Twitter.

Fifth, Afghans who helped America since 2001 now scramble to flee before the Taliban slaughters them. The GOP pushed Biden to give these people Special Immigrant Visas, move them to a safe third country, or even resettle them temporarily on US bases outside Afghanistan. Instead, for months, Biden stayed busy erasing the southern frontier and perpetrating other calamities on this side of Earth. Those Afghans who helped America now wonder how long their heads will stay on their shoulders.

As Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen devastatingly observed, Americans fell fatally from the World Trade Center as they yielded to al-Qaeda’s flames of hate on September 11, 2001. Today, nearly 20 years later, Afghans fall fatally from the outside of ascendant American military aircraft as they try to escape the very Taliban who wet-nursed al-Qaeda before the 9/11 massacre.

Sixth, tons and tons of American weapons were left behind, including drones. They now have fallen into the hands of the Taliban. What could go wrong? This equipment was supposed to remain in place for the Afghan military’s use. Biden should have developed a contingency plan to repatriate this gear or destroy it, once it became clear that the Afghans lost control thereof.

President Biden home alone as he discusses his Afghan crisis in Camp David’s situation room. Official White House photo.

Seventh, as material conditions deteriorated, Biden cowered at Camp David. The White House released a photo of Biden sitting in a conference room, as home alone as a 78-year-old Macaulay Culkin, speaking on a Zoom-style call with his advisors. He did not have one aide, military or otherwise, beside him. Biden looked as weak and isolated as former President Jimmy Carter was in August 1979, when he sat in a rowboat by himself and battled a waterborne rabbit.

Was it asking too much for Biden to go on camera and say something? Anything? Even if he declared, “I love Afghanistan!” Americans and the world would know that the President of the United State was awake. For most of the last five days, he seems to have been napping.

After being slammed Left, middle, and Right, Biden finally returned to the White House to make a statement Monday at 3:45 p.m. ET.

High time.

Love or hate Trump, even Don Lemon would concede that if the 45th Commander-in-Chief were in this situation, Trump would have been all over TV, expressing US policy, perhaps to a fault.

A stunning 823 Afghans flee the Taliban on a 2.5-hour flight from Kabul International Airport to Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III jet. This was a record-breaking crowd for this aircraft. Photo: Defense One.

Eighth, and most worrisome: The Bagram Air Force Base’s Detention Center held hundreds, if not thousands of al-Qaeda and ISIS murderers. The Taliban showed up just days ago and threw open the jail cells. Now, these human cancer cells are free to return to jihad. Look for them, eventually, in a neighborhood near you

“Terrorist groups like a-Qaeda could reconstitute in Afghanistan sooner than the two years defense officials had previously estimated to Congress because of the recent, rapid Taliban takeover of the country,” said General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff.

“What happens in Afghanistan doesn’t stay in Afghanistan,” Congressman Michael Waltz (R – Florida) told Fox News Sunday night. The former Green Beret added: “It will spread, and it will follow us home.”

Thank you, Snoring Joe!

Biden should have moved these butchers to Guantanamo, Diego Garcia, or some other secure spot. He also could have turned them over to Saudi Arabia and asked them to take care of them — good and hard. Even better: Biden should have lined up these stateless, non-uniformed terrorists — none of whom is shielded by the Geneva Convention — and had them shot. Biden’s predecessors of both parties should have done this years ago.

The bad news is that this is yet another total belly flop from a president whose ineptness and fecklessness are immeasurable.

The good news is that America no longer experiences Donald J. Trump’s 4:00 a.m. Twitter blasts. That must make all of this worth it. 

This staggering fiasco is what happens when voters stop focusing on profound public policy differences and, instead, obsess over superficial personality traits.

Good luck, America!

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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1 month ago

Biden/Harris better get their affairs in order because they are not long for their positions of power.
Once Trump comes back into power, they will be the first to be arrested and stand trial, a military tribunal, for TREASON. Enjoy it while you can. Your time is short.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bruno

Well Bruno , I would Like to think it is So …. But with NO precedent …. Probably NOT

1 month ago

Biden speak with forked tongue, white man…. BOTH sides LIE, Biden So DUMB he thinks Everybody dumb as him.

1 month ago
Reply to  Rick

You are right, Sir! From your words I assume you are Native American. I too am Native American in part and I understand your words. There have been fine white men, but the worst of them have given the lie to their promises.

1 month ago

Mr. Murdock, if I had written this column, mine would have been not much different from yours. I pity our poor military, who now must focus on finding ‘incorrigible white racists and violent extremists’ rather than engaging the enemy. Oh, did I forget to mention the LGBTQ-SQRZ initiative? I served honorably in the Armed Forces, and I thought our mission was to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies, foreign and domestic. But I would no longer give my life for these pantywaists and traitors who stab our Republic in the back and even in the FACE. And thanks to the old FOOL in the White House and his Muslim controller, the weird-beard Taliban will drag the Afghan nation back into the 9th century.

Mary Hamlin
30 days ago
Reply to  Jawad

Maybe even further

K Baker
1 month ago

In my 78 years on earth I have NEVER seen such incompetence and treasonous behavior.

Mary Hamlin
30 days ago
Reply to  K Baker

I am your generation and I know, like me, you told your kids and grandkids to ignore how
Trump said things but pay attention to what he said and the policies he put in place.
Did any of your kids listen. Mine did not.

1 month ago

What did you expect from elitist democrats? If it doesn’t put money in their pockets and give them more dictatorship power they don’t care. The people be damned, they live in luxury and the hell with the peons below them.

1 month ago

As brain-dead as Joe-Blo sometimes appears, he is following the Obama cabal globalist recipe for the subjugation of the US to a progressive marxist (please don’t capitalize evil scum agenda!) world order. Joe’s handlers keep him so pumped full of dopamine and serotonin that he can only take 15-20 minutes of prompter reading before he mentally collapses. He won’t last the year.
But during that year he will reek maximal, financial political, and cultural havoc that the rinos may no0t be able to undo. Enter stage right Ka-ma-la. Her wrath will make Joe look like the pathetic piker he is and has always been. Hell wil have no greater fury…..
Prepare America…some of our darkest days await…..

1 month ago

What an incompetent piece of lying garbage. Not a decent performer in the whole administration. Biden and his crew of miscreants have spent seven months searching for Trump victories to uindo. No time available to spend on governing – and it shows. Impeaching Biden will do no good. There is no one in the Democrat party skilled enough to be a President. They are all vapid political hacks that only know how to tear down. Not one has ever built anything.

LISTEN UP…The BLESSING of GOD is STILL with PREZ TRUMP. With KING DAVID Not KING SAUL. GOD Can Bring GOOD Out of the EVIL SATAN Does. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

1 month ago

While Hiden Biden is rubbing our collective noses in the ‘vaccine,’ the horror of the Afghan catastrophe is descending upon Europe. Europeans are appalled at the brutality of the Taliban takeover. I find a certain bitter irony here: the European news agencies were quick to lambaste and ridicule Donald Trump, just like CNN. Now they will experience a genuinely evil man in the White House.

Steve Young
1 month ago

He was a fool as a VP, little did we know that was just a warm up for the insanity now. Those that voted for the fool and his “braying” sidekick should be proud, on the world stage, our country and it’s “leaders” have sunk to lows only imagined by the most demented. .
The Demoncrats spent 4 years and untold dollars trying to oust “The Donald”, then they put a drooling, mindless clown up for president, saddle him with a mindless twit passing herself off as VP material, they get elected and we start the slide into hell. He screwed up just about every aspect of the “pullout” leaving the Taliban free reign to gather up all the military hardware we left behind. He is leaving and has left behind our people over there, the locals that aided us and millions of Afghan citizens to the “mercy” of the Taliban.
One can only wonder what else he and his cronies will foist on us while he remains in office, I’m sure the rest of the country as well as the world will get to see it all play out in abject horror

Frances Weingarten
1 month ago

Biden is the least useful person that I can think of!

Stephen Russell
30 days ago

Sure did since 1-20-21 took that ride with Joe to Today & Afghan debacle

Mary Hamlin
30 days ago

All of us Loyal Trumpers told you so. Beware the Demonrats subterfuge: use covid to divide,
control, use CRT to divide control, shut down states to control election procedures to insure
election wins, control MSM to spread and perpetuate false narratives, eventually use the military
who are now properly propagandized for population control a la the Taliban who are now going door to door looking for Christians. All you Democrat voters asked for this…a ride straight to hell.

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