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Michael Goodwin: Biden's blinders on Afghanistan – here are the costs of president ignoring experts' warnings

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23.08.2021

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The big news from the White House Saturday morning was that President Biden had canceled his planned trip to Delaware for the weekend.

My first reaction was a hopeful one – maybe he’s finally seen the light and realizes the Kabul situation is deteriorating at a terrifying pace.

Maybe he’s staying in the White House to help craft a plan to speed up the sluggish evacuation and push back against the Taliban chokehold on roads leading to the airport.

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No, no and no.

In fact, there was no indication Biden was actually doing anything to change course in Afghanistan, or even considering modest changes to his failed policies. He just wasn’t leaving the building, probably because pollsters told him his approval ratings already are taking a hit and leaving town again during the crisis would look bad.

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In that case, he might as well go to Delaware or even Disney World. If he’s not going to be an actual president now, when would he be?

Legend has it that Nero fiddled while Rome burned, but Biden isn’t that cruel.

He is, however, maddeningly arrogant and stubborn and, by putting his presidency on automatic pilot, created a calamity that jeopardizes the lives of thousands of Americans and many deserving Afghans while also humiliating the United States in the eyes of the world.

Because Afghanistan is a war we have chosen to lose, our allies everywhere have to be wondering if America can be trusted when........

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