Joe Biden has badly, visibly bungled America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. He has compounded the problem with his sluggish and dishonest public statements. This has gone so badly that even people and institutions that are normally sympathetic to Biden and his party have noticed. American allies have been appalled, and vocal about it. What is slowly dawning on people is that Biden’s critics were right about him all along. Not since James Buchanan has America had a president who came so prepared by experience for the job, yet had so little clue how to do it. That reality will be shoved from consciousness soon enough by people with a professional stake in not acknowledging it, but a growing number of the American people are likely to remember. So will our allies and enemies around the world.
he pandemic was a godsend, allowing him to hide in his basement for months and avoid unscripted questions. He won the election by making himself as small and low-profile as he needed to be. Opinion polls for much of this year have shown him enjoying a honeymoon period with voters tired of Trump who are happy to have an absentee president for a while.
Leading from Behind
Biden’s handling of Afghanistan has exposed all of that. Presidents can remain aloof from Capitol Hill. They can send out underlings to handle public-health guidance, lawsuits, or new regulations. But foreign crises demand active, personal leadership. That has gone badly. Everyone who said for decades that Biden was a lightweight ill-equipped to handle a major crisis has been vindicated.
The country has fallen rapidly into chaos...
Biden might, in normal circumstances, have relied on the American and European press, Democratic politicians, and his allies abroad to close ranks against any criticism. But instead, they have come to face what he really is....
“It is long past time for people to notice who Joe Biden always was, and who he has become in his dotage. He is a hollow man, incapable of managing a picnic, let alone a picnic.”— Ryan P. Williams (@RpwWilliams) August 21, 2021
And yet, @baseballcrank didn’t vote for Trump.
If we knew all this, wasn’t the 2020 choice clear? https://t.co/EIhCW1zTGE
Biden is proving the Biden he *always* was:— SheilaW (@SheLa9876) May 29, 2021
-As incompetent as Jimmy Carter
-As corrupt as Bill Clinton
-As narcissistic as Al Gore and John Kerry
-He is a greater racial divider than Barack Obama
-More crude than Trump#BidenWorstPresidentEver https://t.co/LrhGC3885U
Strong passage here. pic.twitter.com/bQtzK1UYF8— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) August 21, 2021
Tony Blair savages Joe Biden's 'imbecilic' decision to abandon Afghanistan. 🧐 https://t.co/gxXJe6ipyC— Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog) August 22, 2021
Here's What Was Omitted from the White House Call with the French...Because It Made Joe Look Bad— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 22, 2021
When even Chris Wallace pulls his head out of Biden’s ass, you know Joe’s got problems. https://t.co/Nbg4e7StPE — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) August 20, 2021 - on Twitter (censored)
It hasn't escaped notice that Biden's response to criticism has been one of petulant rage, writes @tomrtweets.— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 22, 2021
"If top politicians from America's closest ally are offering such harsh criticisms...one can only wonder what other allies are thinking."https://t.co/V2FBZKHTr3
"This is the worst day by far."@ramsaysky says the situation at Kabul's airport is "utterly horrendous", and that 'hardened soldiers' told him its the "worst thing they have ever seen in their entire career" pic.twitter.com/dQwo47HMiQ— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 21, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: British Troops Now Helping Trapped Americans in Afghanistan While Biden Catches Up on Sleep https://t.co/6bn6pTYncF— Melissa Tate (@TheRightMelissa) August 22, 2021
We've told too many scared people today to stay put, don't go to airport, we can't get you out right now. Talked to too many crushed in the crowds. It's devastating— John Noonan (@noonanjo) August 21, 2021
This was all avoidable. It was all fucking preventable.
We will bear the shame of this betrayal for a century.