ABC News is reporting that US officials tell them that Biden ignored the assessment of several intelligence agencies that predicted how quickly the Taliban would take over the country if we pulled out:
NEW – Biden admin, which is currently on vacation, disregarded assessments of several intelligence agencies that consistently predicted the rapid Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, U.S. officials tell ABC.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) August 16, 2021
NBC News is reporting the same:
The failure to anticipate the rapid fall of afghan cities, including kabul, is a huge US intelligence failure. I know some US mil commanders anticipated it. They told me. Yet somehow their voices were not heard.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) August 15, 2021
Here’s more from ABC News:
As panicked Afghans watched Taliban fighters roll into the capital city of Kabul Sunday, sealing the collapse of the U.S.-backed government there, many Americans were left wondering how top Biden officials could have been so wrong in their recent proclamations that Kabul would not easily fall.
Just days ago, a U.S. military analysis reported by ABC News predicted that Kabul could fall within 90 days — not by the weekend.
“This is a crisis of untold proportions,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told NBC News Sunday as Taliban militants swept into Kabul. “This is an intelligence failure. We underestimated the Taliban and overestimated the resolve of the Afghan Army.”
But numerous U.S. officials tell ABC News that the opposite was true, insisting that key intelligence assessments had consistently informed policymakers that the Taliban could overwhelm the country and take the capital within weeks — essentially repeating the 1975 fall of Saigon, when helicopters hastily evacuated diplomats from the U.S. embassy’s rooftop as the North Vietnamese Army stormed into the South Vietnam capital.
“[U.S.] leaders were told by the military it would take no time at all for the Taliban to take everything,” an anonymous U.S. intelligence official told ABC News. “No one listened.”
A senior congressional official who asked not to be named in order to discuss sensitive briefings told ABC News that intelligence officers had warned the U.S. leaders about a swift and total victory by the fundamentalist Taliban militants who had held power in Kabul during the late 1990s up until after the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The intelligence community assessment has always been accurate; they just disregarded it,” the official told ABC News, speaking about the Biden administration.
As I watched the news of the Afghan president fleeing the country and Kabul falling to the Taliban, it was clear to me that Biden did not see this coming. Otherwise he would have evacuated our people from the country before pulling out, right?
Well he apparently did know it was coming because our intelligence agencies told him, but he completely ignored them. Which makes what we are seeing now even worse, because had he followed the advice of our intel agencies, he would have gotten our people out of Afghanistan before the country went to hell. But he didn’t, and thus we were left with scenes like this:
Chaotic scenes as Afghans attempt to cling to US Air Force plane departing from Kabul
Latest: https://t.co/eRDvQGay6B pic.twitter.com/moOTTuxoF9
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 16, 2021
There were reports of people falling from the plane as it took off. Horrible.
I’ll leave you with these related tweets:
This may become the most infamous — and devastating — press conference ever held by an American President. pic.twitter.com/j4kKwyPDVm
— BDW (@BryanDeanWright) August 15, 2021
“Questions to Psaki's email from Fox News were returned with an automatic reply, stating that the voice of the White House would not be available for the next week.”https://t.co/BV1gdkTk7y
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) August 16, 2021
Biden’s military policies have helped the Taliban. His energy policies have helped Russia. His border policies have helped people come here illegally. His domestic policies pay people not to work. What has he done, other than not tweet, that hasn’t backfired?
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 15, 2021
Our country’s leadership right now reminds me of a wal-mart on Black Friday when only 2 cashiers are working and no one can find a manager.
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) August 15, 2021