President Joe Biden, the leader of the free world, dealt with Afghanistan very similarly to how he’s handled every other issue in his short 7-month presidency. Biden uses the cover of “perception” to lead the way, and it shows a lot about his ability to lead and take charge as President of the United States.
Biden and Ashraf Ghani spoke on the phone about the situation in Afghanistan well before the United States military exit. During the 14-minute phone call, Biden seemed to have focused on perception versus reality. Biden knows that the exit, as outlined, would be a disaster. Biden took the opportunity to talk up the Afghan military just as he’s bragged about to the American people. Biden urged Ghani to speak more about military tactics so the U.S. could assist in drone strikes and air support.
Biden told Ghani that he should appoint a strong leader to motivate the military to fight and centralize leadership to accomplish their missions. In the entire conversation, it seems that Biden was trying to have a “bro talk” with Ghani, but soon after the exchange, Ghani fled the country. Here’s why he did.
Biden has been a “showman” with his politics. He hasn’t done much on his own. When he got into office, Biden’s first thing was to sign an executive order put in front of him. His entire presidency has been based on perception. Whether it be Covid-19, the Covid-19 vaccine, or Afghanistan, it’s all been a show. But why? Because he has no ideas of his own. Every action Biden takes, he has to ask everyone around him. While that’s not a bad thing, it’s a problem when that’s his only role in the White House.
The most concerning part of Biden’s call with Ghani is that he told Ghani to change his perception of the situation to guide Afghans withdrawing U.S. troops. So that’s Biden’s new foreign policy? That’s what he plans to use amid Afghanistan falling to the Taliban? It doesn’t seem that Biden had any encouragement in his message but instead pointed out doubt and the inevitable.
At that very moment, Biden should have changed his plan and re-evaluated the exit strategy wildly when Ghani fled the country. More troops should have been sent, and more ground should have been taken. The situation was much direr than ever, yet it was ignored.
When you look back at the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, overconfidence is the downfall. Just because you think you can do it doesn’t mean you can. When you know you can do it, then you’re getting closer to an effective strategy. This guessing game in military tactics has to stop. The U.S. has the greatest military in the world, and it should be used wisely and efficiently.