- - Wednesday, August 18, 2021

If an American president can be impeached for a phone call with Ukraine, can a president also be impeached for overseeing the incompetent, negligent, and devastating collapse of Afghanistan while he’s on vacation?
The stunning incompetence of President Joe Biden and his administration’s handling of the ill-conceived decision to lay out the welcome mat for the Taliban to sack Kabul and overthrow the Afghan government deserves an impeachment inquiry without delay.  What did Mr. Biden know about the Taliban’s strength and intentions, and when did he know it?

Just a month before the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, thanks to Mr. Biden, we’re right back where we started.  It’s humiliating.  It’s embarrassing.  And it’s a tragedy that was completely avoidable.

But it was also to be expected.  This is what happens when domestic political considerations are injected into national security decision-making.  This president is more concerned about appeasing his radical left-wing base than keeping Americans safe.  His remarks on Monday attempting to explain away the catastrophe he created and blame President Trump like a true coward only worsened matters. Shame on Mr. Biden.  

Just like President Barack Obama paved the way for ISIS - his JV squad - with his politicized foreign policy decisions in Iraq, Mr. Biden is paving the way for the second coming of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.  This should be of great concern to all Americans who were promised never again would terrorists have the capability to conduct another 9/11-type attack from there.   

Just five weeks ago, Mr. Biden told the American people that the “likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”  Fast-forward to today, and we have an Afghanistan in chaos, the Taliban in charge, and Americans desperately trying to get out of the country.  Was this an intelligence failure or a President determined to bow to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her socialist “squad” at all costs?  

In just seven months of complete Democrat control in Washington, we have a border crisis, inflation spiking, a crime wave, mask mandate hysteria, and now the disaster in Afghanistan. Mr. Biden should muster some backbone and stand up to the radical left that’s trying to destroy the America we know and love.    

Let’s remember that Mr. Biden only won the presidential election by just 42,000 votes in three states. The American people didn’t sign up for the reversal of every successful Trump policy.  President Trump had a conditions-based withdrawal strategy for Afghanistan, but Mr. Biden and the Trump-deranged ideologues telling him what to do threw it all out the window out of pure hatred.  This is no way to run a country.  

This President has a credibility problem.  Just last month, he told us that “the drawdown is proceeding in a secure and orderly way.”  Now we see a video of scores of Afghans running alongside and hanging off of U.S. Air Force planes on the runway at Kabul airport, desperately trying to flee the country, so they don’t get murdered by Taliban thugs.  Many are comparing American helicopters rescuing U.S. personnel from our embassy in Saigon before it fell to North Vietnam in 1975. Still, there is no comparison - the situation in Kabul is far worse and way more dangerous.    

Let’s not forget the liberal media’s role in this mess. In the time Mr. Biden’s been in office, his allies in the mainstream media legions have given him free rein and felt better asking him about his ice cream choices than life and death foreign policy issues.  I’ve said it a million times already, and I’ll repeat it.  Our constitutional republic cannot function properly without critical media.  In the case of Mr. Biden’s Afghanistan fiasco, would the president have plowed forward with this irresponsible withdrawal if the press were asking him probing questions about his shaky strategy - or lack thereof?  We’ll never know.    

This cataclysmic foreign policy decision should cost Mr. Biden his domestic policy agenda as well.  Senators and Representatives must feel massive pressure this month to kill Mr. Biden’s trillion-dollar socialist spending follies and his disastrous plan to let Washington takeover our election system right now before it’s too late.  

Only an out-of-touch career politician would be so arrogant and drunk on power to make such a brash, politically inspired decision in the blink of an eye and brush aside the blood, sweat, treasure, and American lives that were lost over the past twenty years.  What does the world think about America’s resolve now, and what on earth will this weak president do next?  

Make no mistake about it: this decision was made by Mr. Biden and no one else - and we’ll be paying for it for decades. Mr. Biden is right to speak about a “crisis of confidence,” but it’s not in Afghanistan - it’s happening right here at home because of his failed leadership. 

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United, and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

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