On July 23, the Liar-in-Chief, Joe Biden, pressured then-Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in a phone call to create the “perception” that the Taliban weren’t winning, “whether it’s true or not,” in exchange for military aid just three weeks before the insurgents took control of the country.
Reuters released the report Tuesday about the call in which Biden committed an impeachable offense.
Oh, you missed that story? Don’t feel stupid. The corporate media didn’t hear about it either. Neither did Congress, apparently.
Here’s what happened:
Biden knew that things weren’t going well just three weeks after the US abandoned Bagram Airfield in the middle of the night. He knew the Taliban was gaining territory at a rapid pace and was quickly overwhelming the Afghan military. His solution was to get President Ghani to blatantly lie about the reality of the situation long enough to meet his August 31 withdrawal deadline and planned photo-op on September 11.
The “perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden fretted in his July 23 call to Ghani. “And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
“I don’t know whether you’re aware,” Biden worries, “just how much the perception around the world is that this is looking like a losing proposition . . . so the conclusion I’m asking you to consider is to bring together everyone from [ex-Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid] Dostum, to [ex-President Hamid] Karzai and in between. If they stand there and say they back the strategy you put together, and put a warrior in charge, you know a military man . . . in charge of executing that strategy, and that will change perception.”
Ghani desperately tried to get Biden to focus on the people of Afghanistan instead of his image: “Mr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists.”
“What is crucial is,” Ghani begs, “close air support . . . a very heavy reliance on airpower.”
Biden, eager to close a deal, offers conditional air support in return for Ghani going along with his plan to “change perception” while ignoring reality.
Now, I’m no legal expert, but that certainly sounds like quid pro quo to me. We know how much Democrats despise quid pro quo – unless, of course, it’s committed by someone on their team.
Here’s White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s statement on the matter:
The White House and Nancy Pelosi are hoping to ignore this indefensible call transcript until something else in the news cycle catches the public’s attention. The good news for them is that the Biden administration manages to do something egregiously stupid on a regular basis. They’ll get their wish if they can hold out long enough. I’d say a couple of days at most.