It’s always been a master plan of Joe Biden to get out of Afghanistan.
“F**k that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
The Daily Mail report said that the rapid US withdrawal from Afghanistan that has left the gate open for the Taliban to surge to power may come as a surprise to some, but President Joe Biden has been in favor of pulling out for years.
When Biden was vice president in 2010, he told a top US diplomat — Richard Holbrooke — that it was time to pull troops out of Afghanistan regardless of the humanitarian consequences, according to a report in The Atlantic from earlier in the year, which has a newfound relevance following the Taliban’s reconquest of the country.
“You cannot leave. They will not deny me learning to read. I will read, and I will be a doctor like my mother. America must stay,” the girl said, per comments, Biden made to the New Yorker in 2004. Not long after the Taliban was defeated following the 2001 invasion by the US, Biden as a senator toured a school in Kabul and was confronted by a young girl.
Biden characterized meeting this girl as “a catalytic event for me,” stating that she was essentially saying to him, “Don’t f— with me, Jack. You got me in here. You said you were going to help me. You’d better not leave me now.”
But Biden’s views changed over the years as the conflict raged on.
Holbrooke, who was the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2010, asked Biden whether the US had a moral obligation to remain in Afghanistan to protect people like that little girl.
“F— that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it,” Biden replied, according to Holbrooke’s diary, as cited by the Atlantic.
“I am president of the United States of America and the buck stops with me.” as Biden defended his decision to bring home American troops on Monday.
After defending himself he then blamed Afghan leaders for allowing their country to collapse, saying, “‘the truth is – this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what’s happened? Afghanistan’s political leaders gave up and fled the country. The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.”
Last month Biden dismissed concerns that the Taliban might return to power in the absence of American troops saying the Afghans had the advantage over the Taliban in men and weapons, and claiming “The likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.”