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President Joe Biden: Stupid Or Liar?

February 14, 2022 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Weekly Columns

( Most “either/or” questions are designed to make you choose, but sometimes the correct answer is “both.” When dealing with someone like President Joe Biden, it’s not always possible to know the answer to a simple question: is this man stupid, or is he just a liar? There is ample evidence of both, almost always, but the exact tilt of a scale and in which direction it points for the majority is not always clear. As such, you are sometimes left wondering which it is, but there is little doubt it is at least one and usually some combination of both.

So what has me asking this? The way Joe Biden answered a simple question from NBC News anchor Lester Holt on the President’s failed, deadly retreat from Afghanistan.

NBC News had just run a devastating report on the failures of the Biden administration in that retreat. Those failures were not the conclusion of NBC News, they’d never determine such a thing about a Democrat, this was the United States military.

An investigation by the Army concluded gross incompetence and indifference led to the disastrous scramble at the Kabul airport and the deaths of 13 Americans soldiers at the hands of terrorists. This all could have been avoided, the report says, had the President’s team listened to the military. (It’s a devastating report, watch it for yourself.)

The report details repeated warnings sent up the chain of command in the Biden administration, all of which were ignored.

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When asked about this, Biden told Holt it was all news to him. “No. No. That’s not what I was told,” the President said.

What was curious about how the President said it was his general indifference to the possibilities this revelation presented. If the President of the United States was not told of the military’s assessment and serious concerns, at any point in the lead up to the withdrawal, why not? These were the people on the ground, those most likely to know the whole situation, and those risking their lives. Their concerns should have been paramount. But according to the President, he never heard them.

Instead, according to the President, he was told something completely different. “No, what I was told. No one told me that — look,” he stammeringly said in a dash to change the conversation, “there was no good time to get out. If we had not gotten out, they acknowledged that we would have had to put a hell of a lot more troops back in. It wasn’t just 2000, 4000. We would have to significantly increase the number of troops and we’re back in this war of attrition, and there was no way we were ever going to unite Ukraine, I mean, excuse me, Iraq–Afghanistan. No way that was going to happen. And so this is a much wiser thing to do.”

Senility of being unable to accurately name Afghanistan aside, none of that addresses the question at hand about the Army’s report. Not even close. It’s a defensive rant hoping to distract. Holt, to his credit, circles back and asks, “I just want to clarify, are you rejecting the conclusions or the accounts that are in this army report?”

The President responds, “Yes, I am.”

Holt returns with, “They are not true?”

And Biden ends it with, “I am rejecting them.”

The exchange ends there, but the issue doesn’t. If Biden is telling the truth, and that’s a big “IF,” that means one of two things: Either the Army is lying or there is someone on the President’s staff, someone high-ranking, probably the Chief of Staff, who kept this information from him at the time for whatever reason. Worse, they told him the opposite, a lie, when he most needed the truth. If the President’s trusted advisors are, in fact, to be trusted and did not lie or keep this from him, then Joe Biden is lying to avoid his responsibility for the deaths of 13 American soldiers.

Neither option is good.

This clearly warrants follow-up questions.

Those are unlikely. As I pointed out at the time, Barack Obama had the exact same situation in regards to Benghazi – he was either lying or had a direct order ignored by the military when he said in an interview that his first action upon hearing the attack was to order everything be done to protect those in Libya. Since no help was sent, either he was lying or someone disobeyed a direct order from the President and cost Americans their lives. There was never any follow-up, and we still don’t even know where Obama physically was during the attack.

That leaves us to wonder under Biden, just as we did under Obama, is the President of the United States stupid or a liar? Or, more accurately, which combination of both is it?

Columnist; Derek Hunter

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