President Biden on Saturday again defended the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing that the vast majority of Americans wanted to get out — and asking “How else could you get out?”
“But the flip of it is they didn’t like the way we got out, but it’s hard to explain to anybody, how else could you get out?” he asked.
You evacuate civilians before you withdraw the military. You don’t leave Americans behind and you don’t abandon valuable military gear.
You have an organized staggered departure from a secure air base that follows a planned schedule.
You don’t wake up right before the Taliban are marching into Kabul to urgently bring in thousands of troops for a shambolic evacuation in which the Taliban and Al Qaeda decide who gets to go to the airport.
That’s how else.
Since these are almost certainly the talking points we’ll see at the presidential debate, the GOP candidate had better be ready to call Biden on it.
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