Says other nations were in ‘marvel’ at U.S. abandonment of Afghanistan
“The PRC employed multiple diplomatic tools in an attempt to erode U.S. and partner influence,” the report reads, including “highlighting the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.”
And you wonder why Merriam-Webster just named ‘gaslighting’ the Word of the Year?” the ACLJ report said.
Asked by Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt, Kirby unleashed “an unusual – albeit creative – perspective.”
”I don’t know that that’s the Pentagon’s assessment that it was a propaganda gift to China. If anything, nations like China and Russia took a look at what we did in Afghanistan, and we’ve talked about this many times over the last year and had to marvel at the speed, the efficiency, and the effectiveness that a very small number of troops . . . a small number of troops were able to move that many Afghans out of that country, no other nation in the world can do that,” he said.
Noted the ACLJ report, “Down is up, day is night, and Afghanistan went so smoothly we had Russia and China quaking in their boots at our impressive display of military might. The White House spokesman’s absurd spin was interrupted by Fox’s Brian Kilmeade who interjected an apoplectic and appropriate ‘Oh please.’ Does the Biden Administration actually believe anyone is buying this, or even buys that they believe it themselves? We all watched. The entire world watched as President Biden’s incompetence left Afghanistan in ruin and ripe for the return of a deadly terrorist group to steal back control of the region.”
ACLJ Senior Military Advisor and Retired U.S. Army Colonel Wesley Smith offered his comments:
”I listened to him . . . listened to a retired admiral trying to defend the indefensible and my gut reaction was he is an embarrassment to any of us who ever wore a uniform. The Department of Defense Annual Report, called the China Military Power Report came out last week, and the report clearly stated that China used the debacle of our withdrawal from Afghanistan to tell the world that we are an ally that cannot be trusted. That we are not a reliable partner in the world, and this is in the report, it is a fact, and Kirby danced all around it, trying to say that it is not so. I mean, he sacrificed any credibility he had left as a retired flag officer in order to become a political hack. And I couldn’t believe he actually was doing it.”
He pointed out that 13 American troops died, 160 Afghan civilians were killed, and thousands of U.S. citizens and Afghan partners were left behind.