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Biden Pressured Then-Afghan President Ghani to Lie About Taliban Advances to Downplay Crisis

WASHINGTON, Aug 31 (Reuters) - In the last call between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Afghanistan counterpart before the Taliban seized control of the country, the leaders discussed military aid, political strategy and messaging tactics, but neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani appeared aware of or prepared for the immediate danger of the entire country falling to insurgents, a transcript reviewed by Reuters shows.

The men spoke for roughly 14 minutes on July 23. On August 15, Ghani fled the presidential palace, and the Taliban entered Kabul. Since then, tens of thousands of desperate Afghans have fled and 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians were killed in a suicide bombing at the Kabul airport during the frenetic U.S. military evacuation.

Reuters reviewed a transcript of the presidential phone call and has listened to the audio to authenticate the conversation. The materials were provided on condition of anonymity by a source who was not authorized to distribute it.

In the call, Biden offered aid if Ghani could publicly project he had a plan to control the spiraling situation in Afghanistan. “We will continue to provide close air support, if we know what the plan is,” Biden said. Days before the call, the U.S. carried out air strikes to support Afghan security forces, a move the Taliban said was in violation of the Doha peace agreement.

The U.S. president also advised Ghani to get buy-in from powerful Afghans for a military strategy going forward, and then to put a “warrior” in charge of the effort, a reference to Defense Minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi.

Biden lauded the Afghan armed forces, which were trained and funded by the U.S. government. “You clearly have the best military,” he told Ghani. “You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well.” Days later, the Afghan military started folding across provincial capitals in the country with little fight against the Taliban.

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Comments (12)

So did the military leaders, seems a sensible thing to do under the circumstances.
zmountainman
Riz, I'm struggling to see how getting his appointed staff to repeat the lie makes any difference confused
zmountainman
Riz, is this the Stalin principle that if you tell the same lie often enough it becomes the truth dunno
Kamaleon has lately been Conspicuously NOT seen as much with Ol' Joe

Suspect Kamaleon will Continue to distance self from increasingly "leaky" administration.

Referring to the Afghanistan Withdrawal TARFU -
The VEEP Was Reportedly heard yelling, "They Will Not Pin This Shit On ME!! very mad "
talk to hand

hmmm
Further suspect the VEEP May've been Aware of Ol' Joe's call to Ghani ...

The transcript of Ol' Joe's call was provided to Reuters by "an anonymous source unauthorized" to do so.

Díck giggle Nixon was forced from Office for LYING.
LYING is why B.J. wink Clinton was Impeached.

WHO ... Has the Most to Gain, should Ol' Joe Not complete his term as POTUS?
MMmmm????

Might the "Rat" not merely be Deserting Ol' Joe's ship, but she's Scuttling It?
May've Ol' Joe focused on the 1/6 "Insurrection" rolling on the floor laughing & Missed the Real Coup??

MMmmm?

hmmm

cowboy
STRONGLY Suspect Reuters would NOT Run such an article Unless the Anonymous Source was deemed Well Placed ... & VERY Reliable.

I Ain't sayin' ... I'm just Sayin'.
dunno

cowboy
seems Ole Joe is good at making Phonecalls!laugh
The point I was making was that the President and his military leaders had obviously discussed the situation prior to the phone calls, it would make sense to try and defuse the situation and calm the people before any attempt to evacuate.
I fail to see where Biden has does anything wrong in this "story".

Biden has made mistakes without doubt, but picking this and making a mountain out of a molehill does nothing to help those being evacuated. It is just trying to malign Biden for no purpose other than to malign the man.
I fail to see where Biden has does anything wrong in this "story".

Biden has made mistakes without doubt, but picking this and making a mountain out of a molehill does nothing to help those being evacuated. It is just trying to malign Biden for no purpose other than to malign the man.


You must not have read the entire story. In case you don't know, 13 military heroes died in this botched evacuation.
hmmm

cowboy
kpthatsme
C'mon riz
Had this been Trump y'all would have been all over it. Because it isn't in your narrative, you have to spin it to fit scold
His blindness is why he's seen as a joke .
The White house has not denied the phone call or the content . Its now in the "want to make something of it punt" box along with many other of the mongrels barefaced lies .

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