Biden says Middle East is “more stable and secure” but critic points to “shambolic” withdrawal from Afghanistan

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President Biden claimed in a Washington Post op-ed on Saturday that the Middle East is “more stable and secure” than when he took office.

“The Middle East I will visit is more stable and secure than the one my government inherited 18 months ago,” Biden wrote.

His comments come despite the decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, after which the Taliban retook control of Afghanistan.

KT McFarlandDeputy National Security Advisor to former President Trump, speaking to Fox News Digital in response to Biden’s comment, called the American withdrawal from Afghanistan “shambolic.”

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President Biden claimed in a Washington Post comment on Saturday that despite the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Middle East is “more stable and secure” than it was at the start of his presidency.
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

“Our shambolic withdrawal from Afghanistan has proved to be a turning point in America’s position in the world. Since then, our friends no longer trust us and our opponents no longer fear us,” said McFarland. “Biden inherited a Middle East that had just struck a historic peace deal between Israel and Sunni Arab nations. Iran was economically devastated by sanctions and low oil prices. The campaign of maximum pressure on Iran worked – they would soon have had no choice but to stop supporting terrorist movements and end their nuclear weapons program and ask for peace on our terms. ISIS defeated, its butcher leaders dead.”

McFarland also said that Biden will soon find that the Middle East has “moved on.”

“The Arabs and Israelis continue to build momentum on the Abraham Accords despite Biden’s best efforts to sabotage it. Iran will have deliverable nuclear weapons by the end of Biden’s term. The Saudis, who Biden has publicly disavowed, will have little incentive to get them out of the oil shortages he has created,” McFarland said.

On July 8, 2021, almost two months before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Biden said a Taliban takeover of the country was not likely.

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American troops are shown helping people get to safety in this photo provided by the Department of Defense.

American troops are shown helping people get to safety in this photo provided by the Department of Defense.
(Department of Defense)

“Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?” asked a reporter.

“No, it’s not,” Biden replied.

Biden once mentioned Afghanistan in the op-ed, but did not address the withdrawal of American troops from the country.

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Biden’s op-ed comes less than a week before his first trip to Saudi Arabia since becoming president.

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