The Fox News host Chris Wallace, who many would argue really belongs on CNN or MSNBC, has spent much of the last few months fawning over President Joe Biden as if it was his job. However, even Wallace can’t deny that the debacle in Afghanistan has not been a good look for Biden.
It’s been a mess,” Wallace said on Fox News. “You can talk about the messaging problem and certainly that’s an issue. But it’s really, it’s a reality problem. The problem isn’t what had happened in terms of Biden’s speech. I mean, that was bad, his first speech, the buck stops here, but he pointed fingers. I think the interview with George Stephanopoulos went badly. The pictures over the weekend of him sitting by himself at a big table at Camp David while all of his aides are at the White House, all of it was a mess.”
“But in the end, it’s those pictures on the other side of the screen from me, the fact that that, you know, we have this airport secured, but we have no way of getting Americans and our Afghan allies from downtown Kabul or elsewhere in Afghanistan to that airport,” he continued. “And as long as that remains the situation, the president can make any speech he wants, get any interview he wants, it isn’t going to make any difference. That’s what people are focusing on, that Americans and American allies are unable to get to the airport and get to that hope and freedom on one of those C-17s.”
This came after President Joe Biden tried to defend himself in an address from the White House.
“I stand squarely behind my decision. After 20 years I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces,” Biden said, according to CNBC. “I am president of the United States of America. The buck stops with me.”
However, Biden also admitted that he had not seen this all coming.
“The truth is, this did unfold more quickly than we anticipated,” Biden said of the swift offensive carried out by the Taliban.
Despite this, Biden doesn’t seem to have any regrets.
“I know my decision will be criticized, but I would rather take all that criticism than pass this decision on to a future president,” Biden said.