NBC anchor Chuck Todd went on MSNBC on Tuesday to admit that the chaos that is currently happening in Afghanistan will damage any image Biden had of competency.
“Why were we so caught off guard here?” host Hallie Jackson asked. “Chuck, what do Afghans need to hear from the administration broadly this morning?”
“From the point of view of Afghans…how long is this process of evacuating Afghans going to last, how open will we be to bringing out more Afghans who want out? Where are we going to take them?” Todd replied. “How is the process worked? Are we cutting red tape? All of those things. ”
“The big long-term question, why were we so unprepared for this moment?” he added. “You can’t help but come to two sort of conflicting theories. I don’t know if we’re ever going to get an answer that is going to feel satisfying and goes to some combination of the president had his mind made up before he took the oath of office which direction he was going and the Pentagon, I think, they always thought they could buy more time and for whatever reason didn’t plan for every contingency.”
“You got to ask, how, the orderly part of this, what went wrong?” Todd said. “I do think the biggest political fallout is competency. Joe Biden’s greatest strength against Donald Trump in the campaign was the idea that he has been around the block, he knows what he’s doing, we’re facing this crisis with COVID, we need some basic competency back in government, no more chaos. He’s lost the competency high-marks that he was getting at one time, and that’s tough to get back.”
This came days after Todd tried to place some blame for this situation on former President Donald Trump.
“It’s pretty clear this probably would have been just as bad, if not worse, under what Trump wanted to do,” Todd said on Sunday, according to Fox News. “He wanted to pull everyone out by Christmas. If he had won re-election, perhaps he might have done that.”
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) August 15, 2021