As it so often does: Joe Biden’s past has come back to haunt him, this time it is in the form of a conversation with Richard Holbrooke years ago during his tenure as Vice President under Barack Obama. Biden was stressing at the time that the US needed to pull out of Afghanistan no matter the human cost. When Holbrooke, long an advocate for the Afghan people asked about what that would do to the young girls who were learning in defiance of previous Taliban law he had a startlingly ruthless assessment: “Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that.”
Richard Holbrooke, the Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan was told by Biden in 2010, that the US had to leave Afghanistan regardless of any consequences to women or anybody else for that matter. Holbrooke wrote in his diary that he reminded Biden of a little Afghan girl who Biden claimed meeting was “a catalytic event for me.” which drove his support of nation-building in Afghanistan only to be told:
“Fuck that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it,” Biden replied, according to Holbrooke’s diary, as cited by the Atlantic.
According to Business Insider, “When Biden was a senator in 1975, he objected to providing funding to help evacuate South Vietnamese, many of whom were desperate to get out of the country as it fell to North Vietnamese troops. “The US has no obligation to evacuate one, or 100,001, South Vietnamese,” Biden said at the time, though after Saigon fell he did vote in favor of a resolution welcoming Vietnamese refugees.”
While the world waits for Joe Biden to surface, essential DC Playbook just dropped:
— Biden’s view has long been that US should leave Afghanistan regardless of consequences for women, girls or anyone else
— “fuck that, we don’t have to worry about it”https://t.co/muqwPWzKOE pic.twitter.com/KwUzDu9ra6
— Alex Wickham (@alexwickham) August 16, 2021
Inconsistent Messages Haunt Joe, but It’s Very Consistent Behavior- He Said “F*** that” And Then Proved He Meant It
In a speech he gave before, the military withdrawal catastrophically imploded Biden told the press, “We’ll continue to speak out for the basic rights of the Afghan people — of women and girls — just as we speak out all over the world,” The subsequent actions and inaction of this mal-administration rammed the point home, after all, if Nixon and Kissinger got away with it why can’t Joe? That very statement really rings true when you consider that he promised we wouldn’t see “helicopters picking up people on rooftops like in Vietnam”. It’s no longer a case of attributing actions to malice that can be explained by incompetence… Dear God this was deliberate.
— We The Puppets (@WeThePuppets76) August 18, 2021