JOE Biden’s statement about the crisis in Afghanistan was branded “one of the most shameful” in American history as he was accused of “washing his hands” of desperate Afghans.
The president doubled down on the decision to withdraw troops ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as he slammed the Afghan government for “giving up” in the face of Taliban militants.
Biden’s handling of the crisis has been compared to the “Fall of Saignon” – a humiliating US retreat that effectively marked the end of the Vietnam War.
The hasty evacuation in Kabul came just months after the president promised the US would leave Afghanistan in a “safe and orderly way”.
Media outlets in both the US and UK condemned Biden’s address to the American people.
The Wall Street Journal described Biden’s speech as “one of the most shameful in history by a commander in chief”.
The Sun said: “There has to be a better way to exit than this shambolic headlong retreat that sold millions of ordinary Afghans down the river and will haunt the West for decades, if not centuries, to come.”
Biden continues to receive a barrage of criticism from politicians across the divide.
“In fact, the opposite. We sounded the alarm, and our dire warnings fell on deaf ears.”
Lawmakers accused Biden of trying to “blame others” as the president explained the decision to withdraw troops stemmed from a deal Trump negotiated with the Taliban.
Rep. Elise Stefanik quipped: “Joe Biden tries to pass the buck. The American people will see him for what he is.
“A weak, feckless leader UNFIT to serve as the President of the United States.”
The Republican congresswoman called for Biden’s “speech-writers” to be fired.
Meanwhile, Ted Cruz said: “Joe Biden’s address was beyond disappointing. Instead of blaming others, Joe Biden owes the American people a real explanation of what went so wrong so fast in Afghanistan.”
The backlash came after Biden admitted that he was surprised by the speed of the Afghan government’s collapse.
He told Americans that “he stands squarely” behind his decision to withdraw troops and has no regrets.
He blamed the outgoing Afghan administration, accusing leaders of “giving up without a fight”.
The president reiterated that American troops shouldn’t be fighting in a war “that Afghan forces are not willing to fight themselves”.
Biden said the U.S. will continue to support the Afghan people, push for regional diplomacy and speak out for the rights of Afghans.
Senator Graham told Newsweek: “It’s only a matter of time until al-Qaeda re-emerges in Afghanistan and presents a threat to the American homeland and western world.”
Department of Homeland Security officials fears that foreign terrorist organizations could be motivated by the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
Former President Donald Trump called on Biden to “resign in disgrace” following the Taliban’s advances as they took control of Afghanistan.
Boris Johnson appeared to blame the US for the advancement of the Taliban in the country.
He said the “difficult” situation had been exacerbated by Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from the war-torn country.
Thousands of people desperately stormed planes Monday in a bid to flee Taliban rule.
And, a stampede on the airfield left at least seven people dead.
It’s feared that the Taliban government could mean a repressive regime, particularly for women and girls.
They were brutalized and oppressed – with cruel tortures and public executions – when the militant group ruled Afghanistan in the 90s.