As Biden repeats claim that ‘nobody could have known’ Afghan Army would collapse, bombshell transcript from July reveals he pressured Afghan President Ghani to create ‘perception’ Taliban wasn’t winning ‘WHETHER IT’S TRUE OR NOT’
- Reuters on Tuesday released excerpts from last call between Biden and Ghani before the Afghan president fled
- They talked for about 14 minutes on July 23 as the Taliban advanced rapidly
- Biden told his counterpart of a perception that the fight against the Taliban was not going well
- ‘There is a need, whether it is true or not … to project a different picture,’ he said
- Comments are indication Biden knew it was matter of time before Taliban won
- In months leading up to withdrawal, Biden predicted pullout would go smoothly
- Neither appeared to realize just how badly things would go
- Less than four weeks later the Taliban had captured Kabul
President Joe Biden wanted the now-departed Afghan president to create the ‘perception’ that his government was capable of holding off the Taliban – an indication he knew it was only a matter of time before the US ally fell to the Islamic group even while reassuring Americans at home that it would not happen.
In the last phone call between Biden and his Afghan then-counterpart Ashraf Ghani, the American president said they needed to change perceptions of the Taliban’s rapid advance ‘whether it is true or not,’ according to excerpts published on Tuesday.
Biden on Tuesday repeated his assertion that his team was caught flat-footed by the rapid Taliban takeover of the country.
‘The assumption was that more than 300,000 Afghan national security forces that we had trained over the past two decades, and equipped, would be a strong adversary in their civil wars with the Taliban,’ Biden told the nation in a televised speech from the White House on Tuesday.