A July 23rd phone conversation between Biden and Ghani.
A Reuters report headline yesterday. Excerpts below are from Reuters from linked story.
Exclusive: Before Afghan collapse, Biden pressed Ghani to ‘change perception’
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 money quote, emphasis mine.
In much of the call, Biden focused on what he called the Afghan government’s “perception” problem. “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
And in true Biden fashion, proving yet again he doesn’t know the first thing about foreign policy, this:
The American leader’s words indicated he didn’t anticipate the massive insurrection and collapse to come 23 days later. “We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows,” said Biden.
Everything about this conversation reeks of Biden’s failure. And how ironic Reuters uses the true meaning of the word insurrection for the collapse of Afghanistan versus the Dem media hyped version of the word related to January 6.
It’s wonderful that Reuters printed excerpts from the transcript of the phone call. Read it here.
Has anyone else heard about this conversation? Hsa it been reported elsewhere? Not that I’m aware. I think it’s one of the biggest and most important aspects of the Afghanistan withdrawal that Biden calls a huge success.
Your results may vary. Mine did!