All President Joe Biden had to do to succeed was bring America back to a sense of stability and normalcy. Unfortunately for him, he’s been a spectacular failure at both.
Biden’s approval numbers have plummeted amid the burgeoning disaster in Afghanistan as U.S. troops pull out and the Taliban flood in, Mediate reported. A recent poll has revealed that Biden’s disapproval rating is 55% while only 41% approve of the job he’s doing. mostly because of the disaster over there.
The president created a crisis in Afghanistan after deciding to withdraw completely from the country after two decades of American involvement. Almost immediately, the Taliban began retaking the nation as the final withdrawal date of Aug. 31 loomed large.
Americans were on board with pulling out of the conflict, with 53% of Americans agreeing it was time to go compared to only 38% who did not support the withdrawal in the USA Today/Suffolk poll taken between Aug. 19 and 23. However, it was how he went about it that was most unpopular as a full 62% disapproved of the ill-fated plan.
Now, 66% of Americans feel the sacrifices for the war in Afghanistan weren’t worth it. That isn’t so much an indictment on the reasons for going to war but rather on how the war is perceived in light of the fact that America simply handed the country back after all that time, money, and blood poured into the effort.
A staggering 73% also believe the nation will once again become a base of operations for terrorists. This comes as, even now, the Taliban are calling the shots and preventing any wiggle room for getting Americans and Afghan allies out after the Aug. 31 deadline.
The sudden and poorly planned withdrawal has meant that there are people and billions of dollars of military equipment about to be left behind in what’s increasingly becoming enemy territory, The Hill reported. As the situation continues to deteriorate and American influence grows weaker because of it, it’s no wonder Biden’s approval is tanking.
Everything Biden touches becomes worse, from COVID-19 response to Afghanistan. It’s frightening to consider how much damage has already happened since he took office in January — and he has more than three years to go.