07 October, 2021

This Isn’t a Surprise. You Knew It When You Endorsed Him in 2020.

Biden's Afghanistan Decision Is the Latest Entry in a Ledger of Mistakes - The Atlantic

It is the latest blunder in a foreign-policy record filled with them.

  • In 1975, Biden opposed giving aid to the South Vietnamese government during its war against the North, ensuring the victory of a brutal regime and causing a mass exodus of refugees.
  • In 1991, Biden opposed the Gulf War, one of the most successful military campaigns in American history. Not only did he later regret his congressional vote, but in 1998, he criticized George H. W. Bush for not deposing Saddam Hussein, calling that decision a “fundamental mistake.”
  • In 2003, Biden supported the Iraq War—another congressional vote he later regretted.
  • In 2007, he opposed President George W. Bush’s new counterinsurgency strategy and surge in troops in Iraq, calling it a “tragic mistake.” In fact, the surge led to stunning progress, including dramatic drops in civilian deaths and sectarian violence.
  • In December 2011, President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden withdrew America’s much-scaled-down troop presence in Iraq; the former had declared Iraq to be “sovereign, stable, and self-reliant,” and the latter had predicted that Iraq “could be one of the great achievements of this administration.” Their decision sent Iraq spiraling into sectarian violence and civil war, allowing Iran to expand its influence and opening the way for the rise of the jihadist group ISIS.
  • According to Obama’s memoir A Promised Land, Biden had advised the former president to take more time before launching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
  • Ten years ago, Biden said in an interview that “the Taliban per se is not our enemy.” He added, “If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.” Indeed.

And yet, on October 22, 2020…

The Atlantic in rare endorsement urges voting for Biden: 'Vote for the decent man' | TheHill

The Atlantic endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden Thursday in only its fourth ever presidential endorsement.

Maybe you should have thought that through a bit more carefully.

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