Former US President Donald Trump assails Joe Biden for bringing the greatest foreign policy humiliation to the US as the troop’s withdrawal was botched and mismanaged. He blamed Biden that it was not a withdrawal but a “total surrender”
On Saturday, Former President Donald Trump, while addressing the rally packed with his supporters near Cullman, Alabama, stormed at President Joe Biden’s mishandling of the Afghan situation and botched retreat of US forces from Afghanistan. He called this “the greatest foreign policy humiliation” in US history.
Biden’s botched exit is humiliating for the US
Trump, a Republican, unable to make his second term, has dangled the possibility of running again for president in 2024, has repeatedly made Biden, a Democrat, responsible, for the fall of Kabul to the Islamist militant Taliban, even though the US withdrawal that triggered the collapse was negotiated by his own administration.
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“Biden’s botched exit from Afghanistan is the most astonishing display of gross incompetence by a nation’s leader, perhaps at any time,” Trump said at a boisterous rally packed with his supporters near Cullman, Alabama.
At the rally, Trump blamed Biden for not acting prudently and following the plan his administration came up with and complained about US personnel and equipment being left behind as troops withdrew.
“This is not a withdrawal. This was a total surrender,” he said.
Trump said that the Taliban with whom he had negotiated respected him. He underlined that had he been in the office, the quick and unprecedented takeover by the Taliban would not have happened.
“We could have gotten out with honor,” Trump added. “We should have gotten out with honor. And instead, we got out with the exact opposite of honor.”
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Biden criticizes Trump’s withdrawal agreement and Afghan forces
Biden, on his hand, has criticized the Afghan military for refusing to fight and claimed that we gave everything to the Afghan forces to put up the fight. “But what we couldn’t give them was the will to fight”. However, he is facing massive questions and criticism at home and at the international level for his apparent mishandling of the Afghan situation amid chaotic evacuations from Kabul airport.
Joe Biden looks confused, angry, incoherent and clueless as he speaks to the American people. He is no Kennedy, Reagan or FDR. His presidency is a disaster of epic proportions.
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— Nile Gardiner (@NileGardiner) August 20, 2021
Also, Biden condemned the now-ousted Afghan government and declared he inherited a bad withdrawal agreement from Trump.
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Taliban working for an “inclusive government”
Taliban leaders are trying to hammer out a new government after their forces swept across the country as US-led forces pulled out after two decades, with the Western-backed government and military crumbling.
As Mullah Baradar, co-founder of the Taliban and the likely head of the new regime reached Kabul on Saturday, talks are underway to form an inclusive and participatory Afghan government where the interests of all the stakeholders will be kept intact. However, a lot is there to see how the new set-up would look like. Various pieces of information by Taliban spokesperson elucidate that the new regime will be “different than before”, will respect human and women rights and will be more moderate.
Read more: Taliban pledge accountability, strive to present a moderate face
#Taliban political office's head Mullah Ghani Baradar reaches #Kabul.He has been taking meetings with all stakeholders here in Kabul.
He was reached #kandhar from #Doha few days ago. #Afghanishtan pic.twitter.com/eETMaF6WfQ
— Afroz Alam (@AfrozJournalist) August 21, 2021