While there are plenty of politicians out there who openly suggest that they hope to have long careers, many don’t take into account all of the trouble that a lengthy public history can bring them.
Such appears to be the case this week, as a serious humanitarian crisis is beginning to emerge in Afghanistan, as the Islamic militants of the Taliban now rule the nation, bringing with them a lengthy history of completely ignoring the basic human rights of women.
Bit, if you had asked Joe Biden back in 2010 about this sort of thing, there’s a chance that he would just profanely brush it off as no big deal.
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President Joe Biden once dismissed America’s obligations to Afghan women and girls when he was vice president, telling officials “F*** that” when it was brought to his attention.
Atlantic reporter George Packer, also a biographer of former President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, revealed the 2010 exchange in March.
Packer cited Holbrooke’s diary as the source:
According to Holbrooke’s diary, when he asked about American obligations to Afghans like the girl in the Kabul school, Biden replied with a history lesson from the final U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia in 1973: “F*** that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.”
The comments could shed some light on why the Biden administration’s plan to withdraw American forces from Afghanistan was so haphazard and shoddy.
Cross-posted with Flag and Cross
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