President Joe Biden, under pressure and facing widespread criticism for his decisions in Afghanistan, announced on Saturday that he will send at least 1,000 additional troops to the Middle Eastern country.
The troops are being sent to help with evacuation efforts because the Taliban have taken advantage of the Biden administration’s withdrawal and now control the majority of the country.
Biden tried to blame former President Donald Trump for the actions that his administration has made that have seriously backfired in the Middle East.
“When I came to office, I inherited a deal cut by my predecessor — which he invited the Taliban to discuss at Camp David on the eve of 9/11 of 2019 — that left the Taliban in the strongest position militarily since 2001 and imposed a May 1, 2021 deadline on U.S. Forces,” Biden said.
He added: “Shortly before he left office, he also drew U.S. Forces down to a bare minimum of 2,500. Therefore, when I became President, I faced a choice — follow through on the deal, with a brief extension to get our Forces and our allies’ Forces out safely, or ramp up our presence and send more American troops to fight once again in another country’s civil conflict.”
Foreign policy experts, on the other hand, slammed Biden’s attempts to blame Trump for the situation that is unfolding under Biden’s leadership. In an interview last week, Mike Pompeo, the former director of the CIA and secretary of state, stated that Trump’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan appeared to be very different from what Biden was doing.
Pompeo noted that Trump told the Taliban that if there were any problems, the U.S. Military would be going directly to their homes to hunt them down.
Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, also criticized Biden’s remarks. He told The Daily Wire that Biden was leading from behind and that he needed to address the nation immediately because “there are a lot of military families who deserve it and so much more.”
“He begins by listing what his administration is scrambling to do to avoid American and partner deaths, and to have the ability to conduct counterterrorism operations,” Heinrichs told The Daily Wire. “And this horrible scramble with high stakes is all because of Biden’s order to withdrawal immediately. There is plenty of blame to go around for the failures in Afghanistan, but what happens as a result of the way the withdrawal happened will be Biden’s alone. He can’t pass this off on Trump. He owns all of this.”
Andrea Stricker, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), told The Daily Wire that “the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan fits a pattern of this administration deciding on a course of foreign action without consideration for the ramifications.”
“Biden wanted out regardless of the cost to the Afghan people, regional security, and years of effort and dedication by many brave Americans and allies,” Stricker added. “This poorly planned exit will go down in history as a major U.S. strategic failure.”
In a statement, Jamil N. Jaffer, the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, blasted Biden.
“Pathetic for the President to lay the situation he created by his own choices at the feet of his predecessor,” Jaffer said. “Having inherited whatever he inherited, it was his job to do what the nation required, and the President ought admit he made the wrong choice. Be better @JoeBiden.”