Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke out this week to blast Joe Biden for his handling of the disaster in Afghanistan, saying that the president is merely trying to “endure” the fallout so he can get back to his left-wing agenda. Gingrich also called on top military leaders to resign.
“The damage he has done, I don’t know if it’s senility, ignorance or arrogance but I do know that the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs should both resign,” he said while appearing on Fox News. “They accepted a plan that was militarily impossible. You don’t give up Bagram Airfield and think you’re going to keep the embassy. This is insanity.”
“I think President Biden has in his own brain blocked out any information which would challenge what he decided,” Gingrich continued. “Look, he’s got a bad problem. He made the decision to surrender to the Taliban. That decision is not working very well. He can’t walk it back. I mean, he can’t announce tomorrow morning that we’re going to send 40,000 troops to recapture Kabul and begin to destroy the Taliban, so he’s got, I think in his mind, he’s going to live through this horrible tragedy. We’ll come out the other end, and he’ll get to go back and talk about COVID and paying off the teacher’s union, and things passing a $3.5 trillion socialist big government bill.”
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.