A top defense official during Barack Obama’s administration is speaking out against President Joe Biden’s handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, and it isn’t pretty.
Gates criticized Biden’s handling of the chaotic withdrawal, which left several dead and many Americans stranded in Afghanistan as the Taliban asserted their rule.
“I think he’s gotten a lot wrong,” Gates said in a recent interview with “60 Minutes.”
He called Biden’s decisions on Afghanistan “naive.”
“You have to be pretty naive not to assume things were going to go downhill once that withdrawal was complete.”
This isn’t the first time Gates has criticized Biden. In fact, in 2014 Gates landed a major blow against Biden.
“I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” Gates said of Biden.
Gates isn’t alone in his assessment. The American people are largely unhappy with the way the withdrawal was handed, according to recent polling.
Earlier this month, a group of Republicans sent a letter to the Biden administration demanding more be done to rescue the stranded Americans.
“Each passing day makes it more difficult to safely evacuate Americans and our allies from Afghanistan as winter approaches, and the Taliban tightens their grip over the country,” said said Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga, who helped lead the effort. “It is despicable that the Biden Administration abandoned these people in the President’s catastrophic withdrawal, and it is totally unacceptable that they remain trapped behind enemy lines. Unfortunately, to date, the State Department has shown little urgency and no lasting commitment to evacuate our citizens and allies. Even now, our offices remain in contact with U.S. citizens and Afghans alike who have been hung out to dry. The American people have had enough of President Biden’s miscalculations and incompetence. We are presenting a clear list of critical actions that the Administration should have undertaken weeks ago, and we demand that they move NOW to complete this evacuation as swiftly as possible.”
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