Kamala Harris’ rough time in office continued with another stumble.
The miscues pile up at a time when Americans are losing confidence in the Biden administration.
And Kamala Harris just got embarrassed in public by this world leader.
Kamala Harris retreated from public view as Joe Biden’s poorly executed military withdrawal from Afghanistan shocked and appalled the nation.
One new poll found just 25 percent of Americans approved of the way Joe Biden handled Afghanistan with 60 percent disapproving.
Harris wanted to avoid the political fallout, so she remained out of sight.
The vice president finally commented on Afghanistan at a press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as part of Harris’ trip to Asia.
When questioned by reporters about the chaos on the ground in Afghanistan, Harris would not concede any mistakes, instead pushing the administration’s line about not Monday morning quarterbacking the debacle.
“So, I understand and appreciate why you asked the question. And I think there’s going to be plenty of time to analyze what has happened and what has taken place in the context of the withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Harris stated. “But right now, we are singularly focused on evacuating American citizens, Afghans who worked with us, and Afghans who are vulnerable, including women and children.”
Harris continued on claiming the only focus should be on the evacuation because “we have a responsibility and we feel a deep commitment to making sure that folks who helped us are safe.”
Later on, the vice president doubled down on not taking responsibility for the disaster, saying “there will be and should be a robust analysis of what has happened,” but repeated that “right now, there is no question that our focus has to be on evacuating American citizens.”
It’s not often that a fellow world leader corrects an American vice president or president in public to their face.
And no one would expect the prime minister of a small country like Singapore to contradict the vice president.
But Prime Minister Lee could only state the obvious and undercut Harris by noting that obvious mistakes were made in the withdrawal.
“What will influence perceptions of U.S. resolve and commitment to the region will be what the U.S. does going forward: how it repositions itself in the region, how it engages its broad range of friends and partners and allies in the region, and how it continues the fight against terrorism,” Lee began.
“Countries make calculations and take positions, and they have to make recalculations and adjust their positions from time to time,” Lee added. “Sometimes it can be done smoothly; sometimes there are hiccups. Sometimes things go awry and take time to put right.”
Critics contend that the administration should have evacuated American citizens before the military.
Now thousands of Americans hide in their homes trying to avoid capture by the Taliban.
Others point out the administration should not have abandoned the Bagram Air Force base which would have provided a second airport to stage the evacuation and eliminated the bottleneck from Taliban checkpoints and tens of thousands of Afghans blocking access to the Kabul Airport desperately trying to escape the country.
Finally, the Biden administration left the Afghan army 600,000 weapons, 200 aircraft and 75,000 vehicles, all of which now are in the Taliban’s possession.
Taliban fighters even posted pictures of themselves dressed up in American military uniforms holding American weapons in a massive propaganda coup.
Joe Biden’s poll numbers dropped as Americans rendered a harsh judgment on the failures of the Afghanistan withdrawal to proceed in an orderly manner.
It’s clear why Kamala Harris and other administration officials do not want to admit to any errors.
But even the prime minister of Singapore was able to state the obvious while standing right next to Kamala Harris.
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