Even as U.S. intelligence estimates warned of a pending collapse after Biden’s hasty and reckless Afghan withdrawal, an urgent July State Department memo shows that administration officials were cautioned about the Taliban’s lightning advance. This shows that President Biden was either lying in his public statements about being surprised by the Taliban’s victory, as I have written, and CNN agreed, or he is too out of touch to know the difference.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that due to the dire situation on the ground, 23 American staffers of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul signed the CONFIDENTIAL July 13 cable, and urgently rushed to deliver it to Team Biden in Washington, DC, via a special ‘dissent’ channel.
WSJ notes that the “dissent channel is a formal mechanism of the State Department that allows foreign service officers to raise concerns about current policy. It was established during the Vietnam War as a result of concerns that contrary views were being ignored.”
The urgent cable was reportedly sent to Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Director of Policy Planning Salman Ahmed. Blinken reportedly received the cable and reviewed it shortly after receipt.
The WSJ notes that:
The existence of the confidential State Department cable adds to an expanding debate involving the White House, Pentagon and intelligence services over what U.S. officials understood about assessments of Afghanistan’s stability.
U.S. military and intelligence officials, struggling with the fallout from the rapid collapse of Afghanistan’s government and armed forces, have sparred over U.S. intelligence assessments regarding the country’s stability.
President Biden in July had said that a collapse of the government and a Taliban takeover were “highly unlikely,” pointing to the large numbers of Afghan National Security Force members, their U.S. training and modern equipment, including an air force.
On Wednesday, in an interview with ABC News, Mr. Biden said that “the idea that somehow there’s a way to have gotten out without chaos ensuing, I don’t know how that happens.”
The Biden deception, or cluelessness, about the rapid Taliban advance being unexpected extends to his Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the JCS at the Pentagon, has said that rapid collapse of the U.S.-supported Afghan government and army was never anticipated.
“There was nothing that I or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in 11 days,” Milley stated on Wednesday.