The former President Barack Obama briefly suspended comments on his Instagram page on Monday morning as his followers called upon him to do something about the situation in Afghanistan.
Obama has yet to issue a statement about the disaster in Afghanistan despite the fact that thousands of people are currently trying to flee the country that fell to Taliban rule in a matter of days. Obama’s post on Instagram read that “Comments on this post have been limited” for roughly two hours Monday morning.
“Afghanistan needs your help. Please please help Afghanistan,” one commenter wrote, with another adding, “The blood of the #Afghan people is on the hands of those who have remained silent in the face of oppression and have made friends with the Taliban. History will not forget your crime.”
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“What did we accomplish in Afghanistan if we turn tail and run now?” asked another commenter. “They need us! That is not the American way! We do not surrender and run! We stay and fight and until the issues are resolved which is true independence!”
Before they were cut off, commenters used hashtags like #help_afghanistan and #afghanistanisbleeding. During this same period of time, the former First Lady Michelle Obama turned off her comments as well.
A spokesperson for Obama told Fox News that she had only just learned that the comments were shut off and that there was “no intentionality on our side” or an explanation for why it happened.
This comes days after James Jay Carafano, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, published an opinion piece stating that the Obama doctrine on foreign policy is “an abysmal failure.”
“In the face of America’s enemies, the default position of Obama-Biden foreign policy default is accommodation and appeasement,” Carafano wrote. “Unfortunately, the bad guys are not stupid. They had eight years to study the Obama playbook, and they know what to do with it: exploit the deliberate self-weakening.”
Obama’s spokesperson said that the ex-president has “no further comment” on the situation in Afghanistan.