President Joe Biden has withdrawn troops from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year offensive against terrorism. Now he wants to use the anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 to take a victory lap — but that may be illegal.
Ethics watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust requested information on Biden’s use of public lands to tout his supposed success in pulling out Afghanistan, Breitbart reported. PPT has filed a Freedom of Information Act to uncover what may be unlawful.
The group contends that Biden’s “insistence on the August 31 deadline for removal of all troops from the country was driven by the desire to use the notable anniversary as an occasion to make political hay out of his administration’s ending of America’s longest war,” PPT said in a press release. It further stated that if the pullout date was decided for that reason only, “they may have constituted violations of the law.”
Biden abruptly pulled U.S. forces out of Afghanistan in a royally botched exit. In the chaos, 13 U.S. service members lost their lives in terrorist attacks at the Kabul airport as thousands were desperately clamoring to escape before their time was up.
Furthermore, the withdrawal has left many Americans and others who cooperated with the war effort behind what has become enemy lines. Predictably, much of Afghanistan has been overrun by the Taliban, creating a dire situation for anyone abandoned there.
“Thousands of others the President had promised to not leave behind are now stranded at the mercy of the Taliban and other terrorist organizations,” Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, told Breitbart. “It may take a generation, if ever, for the U.S. to recover from the devastating loss of trust, prestige and influence around the world from this humiliation,” he said.
“The American public deserves to know what role Secretary Haaland and her political leadership team played in attempting to facilitate this victory lap and if public lands, employees and other federal resources were employed to further political activities,” Chamberlain added. The group is also investing Biden’s Secretary of the Interior Deb Haalan for another ethics scandal.
If Biden truly decided to pull out simply to declare “victory” on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, it would be a disgraceful and shameful use of one tragedy to create another. The president deserves scorn for what he’s done in Afghanistan, not a place of national prominence to gloat while America commemorates the patriots who died on 9/11.