It is no coincidence the veep is out of the country. She is staying as far away from the Washington fallout of the Afghanistan disaster as she possibly can. She is also damning her boss with faint praise. It makes all of the US government look bad and makes foreign leaders wince. Such is the Biden administration.
Vice President Kamala Harris said during a visit to Singapore that the U.S. was focusing on evacuation efforts taking place in Afghanistan and that there would be plenty of time to analyze the context of the troop withdrawal https://t.co/3D24Dm7Lkg pic.twitter.com/pYvc22s43n
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FNC: “Vice President Kamala Harris at last spoke publicly on what is happening in Afghanistan as Americans and Afghans try to exit the country due to the Taliban’s swift takeover, but she refused to weigh in on the U.S. government’s decision-making that led to the current situation.
During an appearance alongside Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, both leaders were asked about the U.S. withdrawal and evacuation process, with Harris being asked what she thinks went wrong.”
Harris then went into her song and dance. “So, I understand and appreciate why you asked the question. And I think there’s going to be plenty of time to analyze what has happened and what has taken place in the context of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. But right now, we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children…we have a responsibility and we feel a deep commitment to making sure that folks who helped us are safe.” Translation: “I’m changing the subject.”
She stuck a sideways dagger into Biden for having “shown great emotion in expressing sadness about some of the images we have seen.” Really? Showed great emotion? That’s been his best move according to his veep? Ouch. “There will be and should be a robust analysis of what has happened” but repeated that “right now, there is no question that our focus has to be on evacuating American citizens.” Again, the pivot to evacuation so she doesn’t have to answer the question. It’s become their m.o.
Singapore President Lee responded carefully. “What will influence perceptions of U.S. resolve and commitment to the region will be what the U.S. does going forward: how it repositions itself in the region, how it engages its broad range of friends and partners and allies in the region, and how it continues the fight against terrorism. Countries make calculations and take positions, and they have to make recalculations and adjust their positions from time to time. Sometimes it can be done smoothly; sometimes there are hiccups. Sometimes things go awry and take time to put right.” Translation: “You guys really bit the big one in Afghanistan. So, because I want more foreign aid, I’ll cut you a break. This time.”