According to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, “If you tell a big lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it.” Of course, no record exists of Goebbels ever saying this. But “The Big Lie” was first described in Hitler’s Mein Kampf. In any case, America, we’re all involved in a gigantic fiction. It is a massive deception, and it’s terrible. That’s how the government is reinterpreting Biden’s Afghanistan gaffe. When asked about the Americans left behind by the sudden evacuation of US forces from Afghanistan, White House official Jen Psaki seemed agitated.
On Friday, Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, said this at the Council on Foreign Relations. Months later, the strategic choice stands. There are no American troops in Afghanistan for the first time in 20 years. Breathe. Yes, harm’s way. The Taliban left no Americans behind who could reply to inquiries. The safe evacuation of tens of thousands of vulnerable Afghans was a rare American demonstration of expertise, determination, and sheer logistics.
As a result, the story of “The Big Lie” continues. And, as the statement at the top of this page indicates, it will continue. The difficulty for the Biden administration is that we all witnessed it unfold on television. People are aware that abandoned Americans continue to be in danger. They are well aware of the misery inflicted on uncountable hundreds of Afghans who assisted our soldiers. The Biden Afghanistan Debacle will be seen as a danger to America’s national security. It was never about withdrawing American soldiers from Afghanistan or removing them from harm’s path. It was constantly about how we were going to leave. That Americans could go safely and effectively is ludicrous in its blatantly dishonest portrayal of the situation. On the other hand, what did Americans expect from Team Biden?