(AmericanProsperity.com) – In his first few months in office, President Joe Biden kept the Democratic party more or less unified in their plan for the nation. However, after the chaos that unfolded in Afghanistan the weekend of August 14, his party is now deeply divided. Some Democrats remain loyal to the president, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), while others harshly criticize his swift withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan that ended in the Taliban’s takeover of the nation.
Pelosi Commends Biden’s Actions Amidst Taliban Takeover
On Tuesday, August 17, Pelosi spoke with San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX about President Biden’s choice to bring US troops home from the Middle Eastern nation, despite the Taliban’s growing presence there. As most Americans know, the quick departure allowed the terrorist group to take over the nation’s government, including the capital of Kabul.
During the interview, news anchors asked Pelosi if Biden should have kept a “stronger US military presence” while the government transition occurred. Rather than answering the question, Pelosi praised Biden, declaring his actions both “strong” and “decisive.” She added the withdrawal “was the right thing to do.” Yet, the Speaker never answered the question regarding a potentially better solution.
In addition, Pelosi vastly underplayed the chaos occurring in Afghanistan, to which there are an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Americans still trapped in the nation. She called it “disarray.“ In reality, it’s a crisis with enormous safety, human rights, and national security repercussions.
Pelosi’s Optimism Contrasted Against Other Democrats’ Criticism
While Pelosi remained loyal to her party’s current leader, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) stuck to his convictions and told NBC’s Julie Tsirkin that President Biden “did not accurately assess the implications of a rapid US withdrawal.” Menendez, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, also noted that Americans “are now witnessing the horrifying results” of Biden’s miscalculation.
In a similar vein, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) highlighted that the chaos in Afghanistan is “going to hurt us, no question about it.” These Democratic lawmakers are just a few from the Left who have courageously spoken out against the president’s decision. Of course, their voices join the chorus of almost every GOP lawmaker criticizing how Biden carried out this plan.
Biden Faces a Divided Party
Perhaps it was President Biden’s dismissal of top intelligence agencies warning of a swift collapse that upset so many Democrats. However, it could have just as easily been the Camp David vacation that he refused to cut short to address the crisis at hand. Either way, he now faces a deeply divided party that may even turn against him in the coming months, depending on how he leads our nation over the next few weeks.
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