President Joe Biden’s friends in the U.S. Senate are more than unimpressed with his administration’s spin on the disaster in Afghanistan.
For weeks, Biden, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, and others in the Biden administration have tried to shift the corporate media’s attention away from their failures with the Afghanistan withdrawal to blame former President Donald Trump and refuse to take responsibility for their actions.
It took days for the president to give a public onscreen address, and when he finally left Camp David to deliver a couple of short speeches about the Taliban’s takeover, he refused to take questions from frustrated reporters in the White House press corps and only repeated rhetoric about why he chose to pull out troops.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of Biden’s old Senate buddies and “personal friend,” is just one of Biden’s former allies who did not hold back from condemning the administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal. In 2015, Graham told the Huffington Post, “If you can’t admire Joe Biden as a person, then you got a problem,” but when it came to holding Biden accountable, it did not take long for Graham to call for the president’s impeachment.
“I think he should be impeached,” the South Carolina Republican said during a Newsmax segment on Aug. 24. “I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us, and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to an Aug. 31 deadline.”
Not only did Graham say Biden “ignored sound advice,” but he also said the president has “been derelict in his duties as commander-in-chief.”
“I think it’s dereliction of duty to leave hundreds of Americans behind enemy lines, turn them into hostages, to abandon thousands of Afghans who fought honorably along our side, to create conditions for another 9/11 that are now through the roof,” Graham told CBS. “And this is Joe Biden being Joe Biden. He’s been this way for 40 years, but now he’s the commander-in-chief. He’s not a senator. He’s not the vice president. These are commander-in-chief decisions. I think the best you could describe is dereliction of duty at the highest level.”
Joe Lieberman, a former senator and the 2000 Democrat vice presidential candidate, slammed Biden despite their time together in the upper chamber.
“Oh, I’m very disappointed. First off, though, we know each other and served together for 24 years. I think the president has been wrong about Afghanistan for quite a long time because he’s been wanting to withdraw our troops and he keeps repeating — and others do, including some in the media — that we just ended America’s longest war in Afghanistan,” Lieberman said on Fox News.
Lieberman said Biden made some decisions that were “tragic and totally unnecessary.”
“Truth is, we had not lost an American soldier since February of 2020 until the 13 were tragically killed by the terrorists as part of the — as a consequence of the decision to withdraw and the botched evacuation plan. So, yeah, I’m disappointed and I think we’re all going to pay for it — first of all, the people of Afghanistan,” he concluded.
Jim Webb, another former senator who spent his time in Congress with Biden, penned an opinion editorial for The National Interest calling out the president for his administration’s callous response to a deadly crisis.
In the article titled “Afghanistan: A Requiem for an Avoidable Disaster,” Webb argued that Biden’s scripted addresses and historical hiding to avoid “his tendency to make public gaffes” came off as careless.
“After the American military was ordered to occupy the Kabul airport following a blitzkrieg of sorts by the Taliban that toppled the Afghan government, he disappeared for days inside the protected isolation of Camp David or at his home in Delaware, from whence he would appear from time to time to read a set of carefully prepared remarks and then again disappear without taking questions,” Webb noted.
Webb also scolded Vice President Kamala Harris’s “tone-deaf diplomatic naiveté” at her meeting with Vietnam’s President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and “the usual ‘not me’ rhetoric that has sidestepped accountability and enabled promotions, advances, and post-career financial rewards for the past twenty years.”