Our empathizer-in-chief has no clothes.
The crisis in Afghanistan, which is spreading with the force and immensity of an atomic bomb, is clearly a major nuisance to President Biden. His attitude this week is that of a grumpy 12-year-old boy whose summer vacation has been cut short.
He had to be dragged out of Camp David last Monday to speak to the nation and as the week wore on he couldn’t believe it was still a thing. Irritation is his current mood.
Not even gentle questions from the friendly Democrat George Stephanopoulos could elicit sympathy from Joe.
About those desperate Afghans who clung to the side of an American military plane as it took off and fell to their death in front of the world?
“That was four days ago, five days ago!” Snapped the President.
It was actually two days ago, but that’s not my point.
Ladies and gentlemen, the mask has fallen off.
It’s not an age. This is not a political resistance or a mental defect.
This is an icy cold, callous disregard for human life – lives lost due to Biden’s own insistence on hasty retreat that keep our allies in the dark. American civilians on the ground now hiding from the Taliban received no warning.
As for the Afghans who risked their lives and the lives of their family members to help us, neither does President Biden care.
The other Joe Biden you thought you knew was a facade, a charade, a mirage, a fraud.
Biden built a political career out of grief. There has not yet been a speech or interview in which he once hesitated to unearth the tragic death of his first wife and 13-month-old daughter in a car accident in 1972, or the trauma of his two surviving sons, Hunter and Beau. or Beaus cancer death in 2015.
Joe Biden has written books about empathy and grief. He has commodified and exploited his losses. He became the eulogist of DC (the New York Times published an affectionate taxonomy). He has given countless interviews in his expertise.
“I try to pass on the things that have given me consolation and help,” Biden told People magazine days before the 2020 elections. “What I find is that I think the worst thing I can do is when someone confides in me and I can feel the pain, just say, ‘Well, it’ll be fine’ and move on.”
What better way to describe President Biden’s performance last week?
He was literally telling the world that despite the chaos and atrocities we are witnessing, despite his total lack of a plan or his interest in developing a plan, somehow everything will be fine.
Not hard to see why. The mainstream media has cheered this greed for decades, never more than during Biden’s campaign against Trump.
And yes, for our thought experiment: imagine this is Trump. There would be impeachment proceedings. The mainstream media would explode in sincere anger. Over at New York Magazine, there’s more outrage and moral outrage about what’s going on in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills than what Biden didn’t do last week – no exaggeration.
How did we get here? Let’s take a look at our media coverage ahead of the elections:
“Joe Biden doesn’t just feel your pain. He lived it. ” The LA Times, September 14, 2020.
“Empathy matters.” CNN, April 15, 2020.
“Joe Biden: An empathetic leader whose time has come.” Forbes, November 7, 2020
“Joe Biden… And the importance of empathy.” Time magazine, November 7, 2020.
“By [his] Funeral journey, Biden. . . more empathy and compassion forged in itself, ”said Atlantic two weeks before the election. “Biden might just be the person America needs.”
All this babble about Joe, despite his reputation within the Beltway as a lifelong political hacker, a mediocre who didn’t understand foreign policy, geopolitical strategy, or even care about the human cost of the war.
Here is the late Richard Holbrooke’s account of a conversation with Biden in 2010, as recorded in his diaries and reprinted in the 2019 book, Our Man:
“. . . [Biden] said we will lose the presidency in 2012 if unemployment stays high and Afghanistan is the other issue that could drag us down and we have to be on our way out that we have to do what we did in Vietnam to have.
“That shocked me and I immediately noticed that I think we have a certain obligation to the people who trusted us. He said, ‘Fk that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it. ‘”
“F — k that” is clearly Biden’s motto here.
Babies thrown over barbed wire at Hamid Karzai Airport? Not a word.
This despite what a traumatized British soldier told the UK Independent last Thursday.
“The mothers were desperate,” said the policeman. “They were beaten by the Taliban. They shouted, ‘Save my baby!’ and threw the babies at us. Some of the babies fell on the barbed wire. . . At the end of the night there wasn’t a single man among us who didn’t cry. “
This is the last train from Berlin.
But it wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that Biden announced that he would be staying at the White House rather than retiring to his Delaware home for some R&R.
After all, optics require it. As for the Taliban death squads that go door-to-door, the Americans are told to go into hiding, the reports of an Afghan woman burned for “bad food,” the fate of those we promised to protect?