Biden’s job approval rating has plunged as he’s facing stiff criticism of his handling of the chaotic US pullout from Afghanistan and evacuation of Americans and Afghan allies after the Taliban retook control of the country last week.
US President Joe Biden’s aides were “too afraid” to question his decisions made in the run-up to the pullout of American troops from Afghanistan, The Telegraph cited sources close to the administration as saying.
The 78-year-old POTUS is said to have ignored warnings that ordering the withdrawal of forces ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks would not leave the military enough time to evacuate Americans and allies from the country.
“This White House is very disciplined, especially when it comes to leaks and such. But the downside of discipline is if you’re running things like an autocracy, and you broker no dissent internally, that’s not what the purpose of a White House staff is”.
While some were “too scared” to push back, others urged the “stubborn-headed” president to keep open the Bagram Air Base due to the fact that that it has more runways than the now-besieged Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Their efforts proved futile: the airfield was abandoned by Americans in early July after nearly 20 years as they shut off the electricity and slipped away in the night without notifying the base’s new Afghan commander.
Having shut down the Bagram Air Base, which was subsequently captured by the…