Former CIA Officer Looks Back on Biden’s July Speech: ‘Most Infamous — and Devastating’ — News Conference by a US President

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Showing a far more combative attitude than the Afghan military, former CIA officer Bryan Dean White lashed out at President Joe Biden on Sunday after the Afghan government imploded when threatened by the Taliban with a decisive battle for Kabul. “This may become the most infamous — and devastating — press conference ever held by an American President,” White tweeted about the July 8 event, including video of Biden insisting that Afghanistan would not simply collapse at the mere thought of a whiff of Taliban gunpowder. On that day, after announcing America would leave Afghanistan by the end of August, Biden offered what the world now knows was a false hope that the Afghan government would battle without the U.S. propping it up. Asked if a Taliban takeover was inevitable, Biden said, “No, it is not,” according to a July 8 White House transcript. When asked why, he replied that “Afghan troops have 300,000 well-equipped — as well-equipped as any army in the world — and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban. It is not inevitable.” Wright had more than a few choice things to say Sunday about Biden’s leadership.

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