Marc Thiessen, speechwriter under President George W. Bush, said Friday that President Biden’s team of “sycophants” had enabled him to move forward with the failed withdrawal from Afghanistan and called ” where are the adults in the room?
“When President Donald Trump was in power, the media always celebrated the ‘adults in the room’ – the presidential advisers who prevented Trump from following his worst instincts,” Thiessen wrote.
He noted that the former president sometimes invited those who disagreed with him into his inner circle, such as HR McMaster and John Bolton, both national security advisers under Trump.
“When his generals warned him of dire consequences, he changed his plans,” Thiessen said of Trump. The former president had wanted to withdraw all American forces from Syria, but had left 900. He had wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan, but had left 2,500 soldiers.
“Far from a team of rivals, Biden has surrounded himself with a team of sycophants and facilitators who share his worst instincts,” Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post.
“Where are the adults in the room today?” Nowhere to be found, “he added.
“Far from a team of rivals, Biden has surrounded himself with a team of sycophants and facilitators who share his worst instincts,” Thiessen wrote of Biden’s advisers.
“Blinken is an ideologue who has worked for a complete withdrawal from Afghanistan since joining the Obama administration in 2009. Ditto for National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan,” Thiessen said.
He noted that Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday that no one had recommended that he leave a residual force of 2,500 in Afghanistan, “which I remember.”
Thiessen blamed Secretary of State Antony Blinken bluntly, citing the late Senator John McCain’s warnings about the secretary.
“Blinken is an ideologue who has worked for a full withdrawal from Afghanistan since joining the Obama administration in 2009. Ditto for National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan,” said the speechwriter.
“But others like Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark A. Milley knew better.”
“There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,” Milley said Thursday.
In a 2014 Senate speech, McCain warned that Blinken, then running for Deputy Secretary of State, would be “dangerous to America and to the young men and women who fight and serve our country.”
“We will see the same film in Afghanistan that we saw in Iraq,” adding that “we must leave behind a stabilizing force of a few thousand soldiers,” McCain warned at the time.
Thiessen served as speech editor for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld from 2001 when the United States invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, before joining Bush’s speech-writing team. in 2004.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that State Department officials in Kabul had warned the Biden administration that the Afghan capital was about to fall.
A dozen diplomats sent a confidential dissent memo to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on July 13, saying the Taliban was rapidly gaining ground and the city was in danger of collapsing.
On July 8, President Biden said it was “highly unlikely” that the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan and denied that there would be chaos in Kabul.
But on Wednesday this week, Biden said there was “no way” to leave Afghanistan without chaos ensuing.
Afghan security forces were collapsing, diplomats said in the note, and offered ways to mitigate the insurgent advance.
But maybe it was too late to stop them.
The State Department note, according to the report, also called on the government to use harsher language on past Taliban violence and urged them to start collecting information for Afghan allies who qualified for visas. immigrant specials after working with US forces.
The Journal reported that 23 embassy staff signed the cable and rushed to deliver it given the deteriorating situation in Kabul.
Blinken examined the cable, a relative told the newspaper.