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Michael Goodwin: Biden will be competing with the Taliban as 9/11 approaches

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08.09.2021

Fox News contributor reacts to the State Department taking credit for rescuing Americans on 'America Reports'

How anyone could ever think it was a good idea is mind-boggling, but Americans should never forget that President Joe Biden wanted to celebrate the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on September 11th. Whether he’s addled or just arrogant, Biden believed the 20th anniversary of a day of infamy could be turned into a feel-good event — and no doubt give him a political booster shot.

Wiser heads prevailed, but only up to a point. The withdrawal date was moved up to Aug. 31, but Biden remained fixated on getting all the troops out before 9/11, damn the consequences.

Now the consequences are damning the president, the latest evidence being the six charter jets stuck for days on the ground in Afghanistan, their passengers, reportedly including American citizens, not sure if they will be allowed to fly to safety or be executed by the Taliban.

Whatever the outcome, the key point has already been made. The Taliban hold the power and America is reduced to supplicant.

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Yet it is a measure of the Biden administration’s duplicity that Secretary of State Antony Blinken denied that the trapped passengers were hostages — even as he admitted the US was looking at this and other departure restraints to decide whether to lift sanctions on Taliban officials, restart financial aid and normalize relations.

Promising benefits, including cash, in exchange for those who want to leave certainly sounds like a........

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