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Pence Sheds Light on Fall of Afghanistan: Biden Broke Deal

AMAC Exclusive By: Joshua Charles

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The world justifiably wonders how the tragedy playing out in Afghanistan came to pass. Now former Vice President Pence is speaking out about what he says went wrong. As Pence argues, Biden broke America’s peace deal with the Taliban.

Just a little over a month ago, President Biden confidently stated that “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country [of Afghanistan] is highly unlikely.” He continued: “There’s going to be no circumstance where you see people being lifted off the roof of an embassy.


As everyone has seen, since then, the exact opposite has happened. The Taliban has overrun the country; taken its capital, Kabul; announced it will reinstate a form of Sharia law which in the past proved particularly brutal to both women and children; captured enormous amounts of US military equipment; begun persecuting the Afghan people (including going after Christians); and the former Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has fled the country.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Pence argues that it did not have to happen this way.

As he explains, many Americans were unaware of the agreement the Trump administration negotiated with the Taliban last year—the plan that was abandoned by President Biden shortly after he assumed the presidency.

In particular, the Trump deal, announced in February 2020, had one key feature that Biden jettisoned: benchmarking the withdrawal to concrete steps to be taken by the Taliban. Among those conditions agreed to were ending all attacks on the US military, ending the Taliban’s protection of terrorists, and the group negotiating with Afghan leaders on forming a new government.

This agreement was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council, and over the last 18 months, there has not been a single US combat casualty. Afghanistan was enjoying a level of stability that had not been witnessed since the original US invasion after September 11.

When Biden came in, he announced his own policy. He said US forces would remain in Afghanistan an additional four months, but neglected to tether that withdraw to conditions, as Trump had. In short, Biden broke the deal with the Taliban, stayed longer than promised, and with any limiting conditions on the withdrawal removed, the Taliban initiated a major offensive against the Afghan government, culminating in the collapse the world has witnessed with horror in recent days.

As the former Vice President observed, “They [the Taliban] knew there was no credible threat of force under this president. They’ve seen him kowtow to anti-Semitic terrorist groups like Hamas, restore millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority, and sit by earlier this year while thousands of rockets rained down on Israeli civilians.”

By contrast, Islamic militant groups knew the strength of President Trump’s resolve. He had denied funding to the PLO; he stood with Israel against attacks by Hamas; he bombed Syria’s Assad when he crossed the “red line” articulated by President Obama (who never enforced it himself); and he took out Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, responsible for many American deaths in Iraq and elsewhere.

But it was not just that President Biden broke from the agreement. As is now painfully clear, he did so without any credible plan for getting Americans, and our military equipment out of Afghanistan, enormous portions of which have now fallen into the hands of the Taliban. Just recently, the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admitted they currently have no means of getting the thousands of Americans who remain in Afghanistan out of the country, nor many of the Afghans who helped us in our fight against the Taliban, who are now gravely threatened by the group’s return to power.

As a result of this catastrophic incompetence, Americans and the world witnessed gut-wrenching scenes of people swarming American military planes—even falling to their deaths after briefly holding on—and, ironically, helicopters evacuating personnel from the nearly $1 billion American embassy compound in Kabul.

And don’t think nations like China aren’t watching. The Chinese state-controlled media outlet Global Times openly mocked Taiwan for relying on American aid for its defense in light of the Afghanistan debacle. “The situation in Afghanistan suddenly saw a radical change after the country was abandoned by the US. And Washington just left despite the worsening situation in Kabul,” it said. “Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?” They ridiculed the idea that America would sacrifice blood and treasure to keep its security commitments to Taiwan, and called on Taiwanese leaders to abandon their reliance on the US.

For a number of years, the American people have broadly agreed that we must withdraw from Afghanistan, in the sense that our nation-building endeavor must end. The same was true in the 1960’s and early 1970’s about the war in Vietnam. But what do we remember? The helicopter evacuating Americans from our embassy in Saigon. Great nations do not measure success simply by whether or not the ultimate goal has been achieved, but how it has been achieved—with honor, or dishonor; justice or injustice; strength or weakness.

This was surely not the exit the American people had in mind.

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates observed a number of years ago, Joe Biden has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

I guess we’ll now be adding a fifth.

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johnh
1 month ago

Biden needs to quit negotiating with Taliban —- and tell them we will evacuate people from Kabul airport for as long as we deem necessary. And if they interfere —- will get hit with comment like Trump would make to a terrorist group. We have been there 20-years & do not let them tell us when to leave.

johnh
1 month ago

VP Pence, it is nice to hear from you as I always thought you had a lot of common sense & America came first and not your ego.

George
1 month ago

Has it occurred to anyone else that perhaps the democrats and Joe Biden created this debacle in Afghanistan to take attention off growing concerns about the debacle they created on the U. S. southern border? Just saying——

Shalimar Rice
2 months ago

PENCE is a traitor who is being controlled by the CIA.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Shalimar Rice

Why is Pence a traitor???? I do not understand this comment.

Stephan
2 months ago

I couldn’t think of a more destructive regime than Biden’s, even if satan himself was in charge.

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  Stephan

Satan is at work here , no doubt —-but that does not mean that we fall into his clutches. Just Rebuke the Devil every chance you get & praise the LORD.

Average Joe
2 months ago

Really Mike Pence? Now you’re concerned about the dangerous cliff our nation is standing over with this tired weak Resident of the White House. You could have stopped it and sent the corrupt election results back to the states but you didn’t and celebrated with Pelosi. And, you went to the Resident’s inauguration!!! You and that lazy slob Barr and Turtle McConnell are toxic RINOs. Inflation, borders out of control, Afghanistan mess, CRT. CCP took Hong Kong…wait until they take Taiwan republic next, Mike.

Alan Cogliano
2 months ago

Ok The Democrats are either doing this on purpose, or they are incompetent or both. I believe both but more so with doing things on purpose. in other words I think they wish America harm. just look at the last 4 – years. can anyone name one thing that they did that was pro American?

By the way has anyone ever heard Mike Pence say the election was stolen?

Nancy
2 months ago

An incredible arsenal of evidence has, in the last four months, come to light that Biden was not elected at all. Servers, particularly in China and Iran, connected by internet to voting machines in all of the precincts of the USA, at critical moments transferred votes cast for President Trump to Biden. Restoring these votes gives Trump 6,000,000 votes more of the popular vote, 322 to 216 of the electoral vote. Mr. Biden is illegitimately occupying the White House, and is, with his handlers, destroying the USA. That the election was commandeered by a foreign intervention must be brought to light and addressed–with consequences. Again, this is evidence that has been gradually but authoritatively gathered in the past four months by people who have given their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to make it available.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

Thank you Nancy… I wish more people out there would connect the dots here as you have done…
Way to many naysayers that have essentially given in, throw their hands up in the air & belatedly wait for the inevitability of a remaining lifetime living under Marxism…
The election fraud evidence has indeed been collected & more evidence is added on on a daily basis…The upcoming release of the forensic audits will be window dressing, aka the optics…
The Interference & manipulation of our US elections by foreign adversaries is completely documented by DIA & other entities within our US military. I’m not referring to the WOKE military commanders that are under the thumb of the occupying force within the WH… Both the insurgents in the WH as well as that in the Pentagon will be gone before the hammer drops on what is believed to be the largest worldwide sting operation in the history of mankind…With that I say, stay the course, be diligent, be patient, TRUTH is on our side…
God Bless America,
Bill on the Hill… :~)

DJames
1 month ago

Bill /Nancy, Be advised that without mass protests and demonstrations by Patriots we as a nation of democracy is doomed. SHEEPLE wake up !!!

Andre Bixby
2 months ago

Can a President and VP be “recalled’? If only. The only thing that will save our country AND and world as we have known it during the past administration is to oust the current regime that occupies the WH.

Mimi
2 months ago
Reply to  Andre Bixby

Hmmmmm. Not sure I agree. Last time I checked, if both current President and Vice President are unable to serve, then the speaker of the house steps in to the top job. Can you imagine Nancy Piglosi as President? Be careful what you wish for. There’s no way to win here, until we can get President Trump back in to the White House!!! I’m counting the hours till 2024.

Glenn Neal
2 months ago

I believe the only thing keeping Biden in office is the fear that Kamala Harris would be infinitely worse.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Glenn Neal

That is a poor excuse for allowing Biden to continue destroying the country and weakening us around the world. Harris is as much of a puppet as Biden is. She will do as her handlers tell to do. At some point in the very near future, either Americans stand up for themselves and take their country back or they simply resign themselves to continuing the downward spiral. Stop being a nation of sheep. We used to be far better than this.

Last edited 2 months ago by PaulE
Rich
2 months ago

Strength works! It’s the only thing most of these people understand. The world now knows for a fact that Biden is a push over. Great! Just what we need.

Michael
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Another Carter, except Carter was a very intelligent man, kind to a fault, but unfortunately a pushover.

usurpers
2 months ago

Obama/Biden are supporting the Taliban exactly what Obama did for the 8 yrs and now 12 years Obama is running America. They are doing everything in their power to destroy America.

Peter
2 months ago

The first sign of local cooperation could have been deduced by exposing trainees to a “stand your ground” concept THEN whatever military maneuvers could have emanated from that. I don’t think there’s much chance there of anything lost in translation. Then our Freedom, Independence as contributing to Domestic Tranquility would have involved whole families and communities.. and ultimately how this could translate into more profitable commercial relationships. What I think was blinding by American presence was the exposure of these people to “pop culture” where the telltale signs of prosperity linked to corruption can be blinding.

Eric
2 months ago

Joe Biden snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as he keeps Obama’s legacy alive… the legacy of giving military hardware and technology to terrorists.

Phillip
2 months ago
Reply to  Eric

One minor correction: the behind the scenes cabal pulling Joe’s strings snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Wouldn’t be surprised if Obama’s keeping Obama’s legacy alive.

Robin Walter Boyd
2 months ago

What is consistently missed in all of the evaluations of Biden being presidential is that Biden is now, and has always been, the ultimate puppet politician. Biden is merely relaying the decisions that are being made by those hateful Progressive billionaires who have bought and paid for him to front what they want to be done. In the end, Progressives worldwide will in some way benefit from all decisions that Biden seems to be making. Have no doubt, Biden’s installation as president is a major part of a world wide coup to turn the U.S. into just another state of a One World Socialist Order that will most likely be headed by Communist China.

Pat
2 months ago

I agree with this author; however, quoting the traitor, Pence, is uncalled for. He knew what he was doing when he failed to call out the obviously corrupt and fraudulent election, and allowed the fraudulent “president” to be inaugurated. Events like this were completely predictable and Pence knew it! He disgusts me!

Pixie
2 months ago
Reply to  Pat

Exactly. All of the disasters on Joe’s watch (past, present and future) could have been avoided if Pence had had the guts to do the right thing. He was afraid just like “conservatives” on the Supreme Court are now afraid to enforce immigration laws.

Patricia C.
2 months ago

If Milley and Austin had been less focused on enforcing CRT and embracing White privilege and being “woke” maybe we wouldn’t be in such a mess. However, it’s doubtful Biden would listen to anyone since he was aiming for a photo-op for September 11th. It’s all about optics with the left, no substance.

Peter
2 months ago
Reply to  Patricia C.

Sad but very true.

MaryM
2 months ago

To all those who keep asking “Who’s on second?” and “Who’s on third?” (Harris & Pelosi) I ask “Why would we allow a second criminal to take the helm of our country because the first criminal steps down/becomes too ill to serve/gets ousted/dies?”
A similar question goes for waiting till 2022 or 2024 for the possibility of being freed from this nightmare – also known as the crime of the centuries – and that question is “WHY?”
Joe Biden and his gal pal should be arrested immediately for the criminals they are and prosecuted to the fullest extent. Anyone found to have been part of the Great Heist of 2020 gets the same treatment.

Peter
2 months ago
Reply to  MaryM

Sadly that’s “majority rule” for ya. It’s not always a question of “lesser of two evils” although that’s generally the concept most voters seem to entertain. Which is a sad reflection of the shallow conscience must Americans seem to allow. I think the issue perennially is keeping these people out of office by understanding that their “political issues” are not “political” (i.e. using a classic definition CIVIC DUTY) but personal at best and most obviously selfish. We have to do more “work” (as I see it merely a question of strength of character which conservatives mostly should be valuing) in family. community, church/faith-based organizations, school, common social interactions and “just say no” to any and all suggestion that permissivism, and licentious appeasement or not “making waves” saves lives. THAT’S their contention and how they are confused with real politicos.. They give some evidence that they impact positively on people when we know they don’t. Helping people especially liberals see that they are better off making their own decisions and not adhering to the “herd” and caving in when we hear “well, EVERYONE says so”.. or “they’re all doing it” should be a time for us to KINDLY put our foot down and give clear demonstration that this is not only NOT binding there is NO return guaranteed on any investment there of time or money. Just the proverbial LOSING GAME..”helping others” what? we could say “help obama, biden,et al GET RICH??? what’s in that for YOU??? Something’s wrong with that picture.”

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  MaryM

OK, but WHO would arrest them? “They” OWN the government.

Phillip
2 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Maybe that’s what the Founders called “a well regulated militia.”

Maureen Edmond
2 months ago

There is just no fixing stupidity. All this does is show me how very stupid Mr. Biden is and what a fool Jill is for allowing this elder abuse – the man should not be President, for sure. The only reason he threw the plan out the window is because it was Mr. Trump’s plan, not his. If Mr. Biden had the brainpower, and the resolve to back up his plan, he’d have come up with it, but you know he’s the “scarecrow president” – If he only had a brain.

Pixie
2 months ago
Reply to  Maureen Edmond

Correct. Joe is undoing all of the real President’s policies because the policies that worked were implemented by President Trump. Joe is a small man. Agree also about his wife allowing the elder abuse. These people have no shame.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Pixie

Yes, it’s no longer what is best for America. Just what is “best” for “the party”. Sad.

H L Howell
2 months ago

Pence is the reason we are in this situation. If he would have done his job and called for a voter fraud investigation, we might still have Trump as President. He put biden in ,he owns that. I have no use for this man.

Darin Belanger
2 months ago
Reply to  H L Howell

It all came down to Pence on that pivotable day. I don’t know how he sleeps at night knowing that he knew the truth and yet he let down America and frankly the World in his cowardly actions.
I will never forgive him either.

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