Once again, ex-President Donald Trump has some thoughts about the ongoing effort to withdraw the U.S. military presence from Afghanistan. In a new statement, Trump advocated for either sending troops back into the country or moving to “bomb the hell out of” certain areas… all in response to the loss of certain military equipment. In other words, Trump appears to hope that the United States puts even more people, including American personnel, in harm’s way just to reclaim military equipment.
Does Trump have any legitimate sense of the gravity of the situation? These are lives he’s trying to gamble with — which is part of why Biden opted to go through with the withdrawal. Biden has indicated that he felt one of the few remaining options would be re-upping the pace of fighting in Afghanistan, and he was unwilling to go down that potentially deadly route. In his new statement, Trump also characterized Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal as “feeble-brained,” but the Biden administration has either directly evacuated or facilitated the evacuation from Afghanistan of over 122,000 people since the end of July. Is this remarkably high rate of evacuation the mark of a struggling or ineffective presidential administration? Obviously, it is not.
In his rambling new statement, Trump belligerently commented as follows:
‘Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States, and that includes every penny of the $85 billion dollars in cost. If it is not handed back, we should either go in with unequivocal Military force and get it, or at least bomb the hell out of it. Nobody ever thought such stupidity, as this feeble-brained withdrawal, was possible!’
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"Never in history has a withdrawal from war been handled so badly or incompetently as the Biden Administration’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. In addition to the obvious, ALL EQUIPMENT should be demanded to be immediately returned to the United States… pic.twitter.com/2LP5sYLYJW
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 30, 2021
What is often lost in criticism from Republicans, including Trump, of the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan is that it’s Trump and his own team who struck a deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the country. In the time since, the Taliban — which was essentially elevated by that deal-making process — has taken over Afghanistan. Trump himself is no doubt partly responsible for this development, since he pushed ahead with the withdrawal deal while failing to secure stricter concessions from the group.