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Media Turns on Biden Over His Disastrous Handling of Afghanistan

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For those who never thought that today’s left-wing media would ever turn on a Democratic president, that day has come and, interestingly, it’s over his bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, America’s longest war.

On Friday, President Biden was briefing reporters about the situation in-country, where thousands of Americans remain trapped and thousands of U.S. troops are on station at the international airport in Kabul, just waiting for the order to go get our citizens, like France and Britain are doing.

“We have no indication that they haven’t been able to get in Kabul through the airport,” Biden said during a press conference on Friday in response to a question about whether he’ll agree to send U.S. troops into the city to “evacuate Americans who haven’t been able to get to the airport safely.”

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“We’ve made an agreement with the Taliban thus far. They’ve allowed them to go through,” Biden continued.

“It’s in their interest for them to go through, so we know of no circumstance where American citizens carrying American passports are trying to get through to the airport. But we will do whatever needs to be done to see to it they get to the airport,” he said.

Wrong thing to say, apparently, because historically Democrat-friendly media outlets pounced on the statement.

“Well, we had difficulty getting into the airport,” CNN’s Clarissa Ward insisted in an interview from Kabul with her network.

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“It’s very difficult. It’s not a simple process at all. And you might remember I did a live shot a couple of days ago outside the airport,” she explained to anchor Victor Blackwell.

“I was talking to people with green cards, people who had all their SIV applications accepted, their visa, and they couldn’t get close,” she said. “Anyone who says that any American can get in here is, you know — yeah, I mean, technically, it’s possible, but it’s extremely difficult and it is dangerous.

Meanwhile, over at ABC News, David Muir asked the network’s senior foreign correspondent, Ian Pannell, who was also broadcasting from Kabul much the same question.

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“The president said he has no intelligence that Americans have been unable to get there. The question obviously, does that square with reporting on the ground?” Muir asked.

“I mean, just totally not,” Pannell responded. “It just seems the reality and the rhetoric are miles apart. I’m not quite sure what advice the president’s receiving, but the truth on the ground is that these people who are in fear of their lives can’t get through.”

Pannell noted further that some Americans had been beaten with a rubber fan belt from a vehicle by a Taliban fighter.

And chief NBC News foreign correspondent Richard Engel, who was reporting from Doha, Qatar, told anchor Lester Holt, “President Biden just described a very orderly process, an American airlift that is going efficiently, that there’s a negotiation with the Taliban, that it may be difficult but Afghans can get to the airport and then get on these flights and then come to places like Doha.”

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“It is far more chaotic than that.”

What’s feeding this sudden media angst with Biden? Are they just playing their ‘role?’ Is it nearing time for the obviously senile Biden to be replaced? Has he served his purpose?

Seems like we’re getting closer to finding out.

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