‘I take issue …we gave a whole country to a terrorist group’: Doocy hits spox nerve over Afghanistan

There’s been a nauseating excess of mutual backslapping and self-congratulation going on at the White House following the recent drone strike that allegedly took out al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, even if some aren’t yet fully convinced the terrorist leader is dead.

And maybe that’s why Defense Department spokesman John Kirby appeared a little irked by Peter Doocy’s less than reverent line of questioning, which included the observation that the feckless US Government gave the country of Afghanistan over to the Taliban on a silver platter.

No one can argue with the truth of that assertion, but the Biden White House—already mired in enough policy failures to sink a popular president—wasn’t exactly eager to remind the American people of last year’s humiliating and disastrous retreat from Afghanistan.

The White House has instead been taking a victory lap, hoping that the assassination proves to a skeptical world that Joe Biden really is a tough and decisive leader. There’s just one catch: most people have forgotten all about al-Qaeda, whose fortunes have waned amid relentless US assaults, and whose importance has long been eclipsed by other terror groups, such as ISIS-K (said to be behind the attack that killed 13 American service members during the botched Afghanistan withdrawal last year,) and even the redoubtable Taliban, now back in control of Afghanistan after a brief hiatus.

But the fact that the terrorist chief was hiding out in downtown Kabul belies the Biden administration’s assurances that the Talibani emirate wouldn’t become a safe harbor for terrorists; it’s impossible now to deny that Afghanistan has reverted to its old ways, and has become again the same den of cutthroats and assassins that it was in the glorious ’90s.

“So, we know that the Taliban was harboring the world’s most wanted terrorist. You guys gave a whole country to a bunch of people who are on the FBI Most Wanted list. What did you think was going to happen?” Peter Doocy asked, echoing the sentiments of most Americans.

Naturally, Kirby took exception to that brilliant summation of the Biden White House’s most appalling (so far) foreign policy disaster.

“I would take issue with the premise that we gave a whole country to terrorist groups…” Kirby stammered, trying to laugh it all off.

“The Taliban are harboring the world’s No. 1 terrorist—how is that not giving a country to a terrorist sympathizing group, if not giving them permission to have terrorists just…sit on a balcony…?” Doocy pressed, casting about for a term that Kirby might take less issue with.

“Peter, the way you ask that, it makes it sound like we owned Afghanistan a year ago. It wasn’t our country,” Kirby replied. Tell that to the thousands of servicemen killed or wounded during the twenty years of whatever we were doing there.”

Predictably, Twitter had some choice words for Kirby’s ridiculous response to Doocy’s question.

Looks like this is yet another Biden administration “win” that’s proven to be nothing of the sort.


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