Biden refused to listen to top cabinet members, including Anthony Blinken, when they tried to discourage him from withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan, a new book claims.
- Woodward tells how Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin Biden tried to persuade them to withdraw from the war
- Though they believed Biden’s plan would encourage the Taliban and the Afghan government to negotiate, Blinken changed his mind after meeting with NATO allies in March.
- Woodward claims Blinken told Biden their allies said the United States should use the withdrawal to force political progress in the nation
- Woodward also says Biden allegedly referred to the White House as ‘the grave’ and finds it ‘not comfortable’ living there
Top cabinet members failed to stop President Joe Biden from withdrawing all US troops from Afghanistan, a new book claims.
In the new book Peril, veteran journalist Bob Woodward describes how Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tried to persuade President Joe Biden to delay the withdrawal from the 20 Years’ War.
While Blinken and Austin believed Biden’s plan would encourage the Taliban and the US-backed Afghan government to negotiate, the secretary of state changed his mind after meeting with NATO allies in March.
In the new book Peril, Woodward describes how Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tried to get President Joe Biden to delay the withdrawal from the 20 Years’ War.
According to The TelegraphWoodward claims Blinken told Biden that their allies said the United States should use the withdrawal to force political progress in the nation.
‘Earlier, [Blinken] would have been square with Biden for a full pullout,” Woodward writes. His new recommendation was to expand the mission with US troops for a while to see if this could lead to a political settlement. Buy time for negotiations.’
Biden, who recalled his feelings that former President Barack Obama had been forced by his generals to stay in Afghanistan from the time he was vice president, felt he should not allow himself to be so influenced.
‘Earlier, [Blinken] would have been square with Biden for a full withdrawal,” Woodward writes, until a NATO meeting changed the secretary of state’s mind
Woodward writes that at a national security meeting, Biden said his mission was “not to deal a fatal blow to the Taliban.”
The withdrawal was widely criticized as the Afghan government fell almost immediately and the Taliban took over the country.
Woodward also describes how Biden’s disdain for former President Trump led him to flee despite his misgivings. .
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also wanted a slower withdrawal from the 20 Years War
“I just feel like I have to do this,” said Woodward, Biden said in a meeting with adviser and future chief of staff Ron Klain. ‘This man [Donald Trump] is just not really an American president.”
Biden is said to have called the White House “the tomb” and finds it “not comfortable” to live there.
Upon arrival, Biden found that Trump had installed a golf simulator in the White House.
“What a goddamn hole,” Biden is said to have responded.
Biden reacted strongly to discovering former President Trump’s golf simulator in the White House
Biden has steadfastly defended the exit from Afghanistan.
A rebellious Biden in late August said the operation could not have been conducted “more orderly” and “respectfully disagreed” with critics who said he should have started the evacuation earlier to avoid the chaos.
The president also praised the 120,000 people they brought to safety in “one of the largest airlifts in history,” pledged to continue working to get Afghan allies out and said the State Department had contacted 19 times since March. with stranded Americans asking if she wanted to leave.
Biden spoke passionately as he defended his actions, sometimes waving his arms and clutching the podium, amid intense criticism from Democrats, many Republicans and fellow world leaders over his handling of the US backlash.
The Taliban have also tightened their grip on Afghanistan and are holding mock funerals for Western troops
Eleven Marines, a Special Forces member and a Navy Corpsman were all killed in the ISIS-K suicide bombing last Thursday, as US forces frantically tried to get people on evacuation flights before the August 31 deadline.
Afghans desperate to leave ran after American planes on the tarmac and two fell from the sky to their deaths in an attempt to escape the insurgent rule.
The Taliban have also tightened their grip on Afghanistan, holding mock funerals for Western troops, reportedly beating female agents and a retired three-star general has warned America’s return is “inevitable.”