In a new Op-Ed for Yahoo News, Rick Newman writes “Last week was the worst moment of Joe Biden’s presidency—until this week, which was worse.”
He continues “The U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan led to the rapid collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government, the Taliban’s takeover of the country and the urgent U.S. effort to evacuate Americans and others at sudden risk of Taliban persecution. That was last week. This week’s grim news is terrorist attacks near the Kabul airport on Aug. 26 that killed 13 U.S. marines and dozens of Afghans. Those were the first U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in 18 months and the worst one-day U.S. death toll in the country since 2011.”
“Commentators declared the horrifying and bloody Afghan withdrawal a political disaster for Biden. It certainly dinged his approval rating. Some of Biden’s fellow Democrats criticized his handling of Afghanistan, in addition to many Republicans who want him to fail. If Biden remains on the mat or the Afghanistan pullout gets even worse—imagine the terrorist downing of an evacuation flight—it could doom Biden’s domestic plans, including trillions of dollars in green-energy, infrastructure and social-welfare programs he wants to enact,” Newman adds.