The U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including ‘summary executions’ of civilians and Afghan security forces who have surrendered.
After the US-backed Afghan government collapsed to the Taliban on Sunday, President Biden and numerous top administration officials openly blamed the Trump administration for the crisis.
"This is one of the largest, most difficult airlifts in history," Biden said in a televised address from the White House, highlighting the dangerous elements of coordinating a mass evacuation while being surrounded by Taliban forces, who took over Kabul on Sunday.
Obama set five Taliban fighters free, now one of them is calling the shots in Afghanistan. If Obama and Biden had left the five Taliban thugs to rot in Cuba, Kabul may not be back in the clutches of the Taliban right now. And maybe Americans wouldn’t have sacrificed more than 2,400 troops and $1 trillion in vain.
The chaotic scenes from Afghanistan have shattered President Biden’s carefully constructed image of a leader in charge and experienced in foreign affairs. Presidencies often get derailed by events not of their making, but Biden owns his wilful refusal to heed warnings from the CIA and Joint Chiefs on what would happen with a precipitous withdrawal. Should Taiwan be worried?
Biden used his scheduled economic remarks to tout a recovery that has seen a burst in growth and more than 3 million new jobs since he took office, as the country continues to dig out of a pandemic-driven economic shock that pushed the US economy to the brink. Inflation is becoming a political problem for Biden as it is complicating his overall support and is also threatening his agenda.
How much at the Border is this contributing to the number of coronavirus cases in the United States? That’s hard to determine but it’s ridiculous to think it’s having no impact. At this point, health officials announcing that it’s not a problem is about as credible as when people declared that President Donald Trump’s rallies were super spreader events yet had no issue with Black Lives Matter protests.