Was the Taliban takeover inevitable? On 8 July, President Joe Biden assured the country that a Taliban takeover was not inevitable.
Today Joe Biden is insisting that the mayhem in Afghanistan was inevitable.
Interviewing Joe Biden, ABC’s Georg Stephanopoulos asked:
So no one told — your military advisors did not tell you, “No, we should just keep 2,500 troops. It’s been a stable situation for the last several years. We can do that. We can continue to do that”?
President Biden’s response”
No. No one said that to me that I can recall.
John Ellis, former columnist for the Boston Globe, asks how it is now acceptable to acknowledge Biden’s age and mental condition if you use certain euphemisms:
Somewhere along the way of the last few years, Biden transitioned from “young old” to “old.” Veteran reporters describe the transition in code. “He’s lost a step or two.” Or: “he’s lost something off his fastball.”
You’re not supposed to talk about it. If you do, and you’re a Democrat, you’re scolded for aiding and abetting the enemy. If you do, and you’re a Republican or (God forbid) a MAGA voter, you’re a horrible hate-mongerer, trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election (and you probably watch Fox News to boot).
The problem, writes Jim Geraghty in NRO, is that it’s there for all to see. Pretending not to see it is untenable.
Something is wrong with President Biden, and we are all being asked to pretend we don’t notice.
The president turns 79 in November. He last released a summary of his health condition in December 2019. In May, a White House spokesman said Biden had not had a medical checkup or taken a physical this year, but that he would by the end of the year.
There have been no updates on the president’s health since.
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