St. Donald of Orange is not having a sedate Easter week right now, despite all the Jesusonian comparisons his evangelical friends are making. No, he certainly isn’t. He appeared Tuesday in New York for his historic arraignment and now it’s Thursday and he is thundering about “morons in the White House.”
The White House on Thursday released a report about the decisions made regarding the 2021 U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, including the bombing at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members.
The 12-page report by the National Security Council summarizes the administration’s assessment of the withdrawal and largely blamed former President Donald Trump’s administration for the chaos that unfolded as U.S. troops were leaving and as Americans and Afghans evacuated from the country. The Taliban took over the country’s government and have remained in power.
“President Biden’s choices for how to execute a withdrawal from Afghanistan were severely constrained by conditions created by his predecessor,” the report said.
You know that’s enough to send Trumpty screaming up the walls. And of course he did just that.
When Trump took office in 2017, more than 10,000 U.S. troops remained in Afghanistan, the report said, and he continued to order drawdowns over his final year in office, bringing the total down to about 2,500.
But the Trump administration “provided no plans for how to conduct the final withdrawal or to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies,” the White House said. “President Biden had committed to ending the war in Afghanistan, but when he came into office he was confronted with difficult realities left to him by the Trump Administration.”
The article goes on to say how the lack of communication from the Trump administration when Trump refused the usual transition communication between administrations hamstrung the situation significantly. In point of fact, I’m not sure it would have mattered what Trump communicated because he had no plan. He had a date to withdraw from Afghanistan and no plan to do so. Like everything Trump attempted while in office, his activities in Afghanistan were half baked and amateurish and only led to further problems for a regular administration to deal with after he was gone.
My sense of it always was that the Taliban were able to take over in nine days because the Afghan forces were demoralized, due to the fact that they saw themselves being set up for defeat by Trump withdrawing troops constantly, but providing no further guidance. I always believed that they simply gave up, because they were directionless and they knew they were going to receive no direction from Washington with Trump in power.
Now we have another flash point in the culture war. Look for a lot of yelling and screaming over this one.