After putting off speaking to the nation for most of the day, President Joe Biden is still avoiding responsibility for the Afghan crisis and the deaths that occurred during the evacuation efforts.
In his White House speech, Biden called the at least 12 US military personnel who were killed in the blasts heroes but spent minutes comparing the loss of his son Beau Biden to cancer to the pain his government’s incompetence caused to military families.
Biden said he was “outraged” by the situation and the attack, which claimed more than 100 lives, but only repeated lies and deflected blame for his failed escape that caused an American evacuation crisis, which he celebrated last week as no death.
“Those who carried out this attack and anyone who wishes America harm knows this, we will not forgive,” Biden said. “We won’t forget. We will hunt you down to make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my disposal.”
Biden has previously promised that “any attack on our cutoffs or interruption of our operations at the airport will have a swift and forceful response,” but made no formal commitment to use force against ISIS-K until after its commanders drew up plans.
US evacuation efforts, the president said, will continue because “Americans will not be intimidated”, but he could only commit to rescuing “as many Americans as possible” rather than the roughly 1,500 US citizens still trapped in Afghanistan.
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“There are, I believe there are chances to continue to provide access for other people to leave Afghanistan, whether through the means we provide and/or are provided in cooperation with the Taliban,” said Biden.
Shortly thereafter, he stated that there are no historical instances of conflicts that ended successfully with everyone being safely removed.
“As a student of history, without conflict, where, when a war was ending, one side could ensure that anyone who wanted to be extracted from that country would leave,” Biden said.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former President Trump were just some of those who condemned the ISIS-K attack before the president issued any statement or delivered a speech on Thursday.
Tucker Carlson says the president is ‘disappearing before our eyes’ and calls him a disrespectful lunatic ‘after the Kabul suicide bomb killed 13 US military personnel. Tucker Carlson labelled President Joe Biden “a lunatic with no self-respect” on Thursday after a Kabul suicide bomb killed 13 US military personnel.
Carlson made his remarks at the start of his nightly opinion talk show after the horrific bombings outside Kabul airport.
He started the talk show with a monologue in which he suggested that someone who ‘hated the country’ and wanted to ‘humiliate America forever’ would use Afghanistan to do this, alluding to Biden.
Carlson said it would ‘humiliate everyone involved’ to withdraw from Afghanistan after a 19-year war and turn a war ‘into a welfare program’, spending trillions of dollars to do so.
“When crowds of desperate people showed up, as they inevitably would, begging to be evacuated, you would certainly prefer foreigners, those you might hate and prefer sharia law to democracy,” Carlson said.
“They would get the first seats on the plane. As for your own citizens, the people you exist to protect, we just wish you luck and left them behind. ‘He continued: ‘So after you’ve done all that, you go on television in your own country to brag about the amazing work you’ve done. You would consider yourself a hero. You would liken your evacuation from Kabul to the Berlin airlift.
And so, once you did that, the rest of the world would know that you are not only incompetent and weak, but also delusional. You’re a self-respecting lunatic,’ Carlson said.
Carlson said US enemies took “advantage” of America’s “reduced status” with the suicide bombing. “At times like this, Americans instinctively turn to their president for perspective and leadership. It doesn’t matter if they voted for him. They want to be reassured by the man in charge,” Carlson said. ‘But Joe Biden didn’t reassure them, he didn’t even show up. For hours, Biden remained hidden and silent.