June 25, 2022

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby who spun narrative on Afghanistan to join White House communications team

Covering for Democratic administrations brings opportunities for those willing to do it. John Kirby, press secretary at the Pentagon, is the most recent member of President Joe Biden’s administration to benefit from that trend.

Kirby will join the White House strategic communications team as National Security Council coordinator, the Washington Examiner reported. This opportunity comes after Kirby’s success in his role as a spin doctor for the failed pullout from Afghanistan.

Biden said Kirby was “uniquely qualified” for the position. “From his work as the assistant secretary and spokesperson at the State Department to his work at the Pentagon, most recently as assistant to the secretary for public affairs and press secretary, John understands the complexities of U.S. foreign and defense policy, and he will ably represent the administration on important national security issues,” the president said Friday.

In turn, Kurby praised his boss Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, for being a “mentor and confidante” and for allowing him to speak for the department. “Those are precious responsibilities, the weight of which I felt and respected every day. I thank him for that,” Kirby said of Austin.

Austin had well wishes for Kirby as well, saying he was “delighted” for him. “From crisis communications to policy guidance, and through his bold leadership of the public affairs community, John has set the example of integrity, character, transparency, and candor,” Austin said.

Prior to the recent departure of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Kirby’s name was bandied about for her replacement. The job went to Karine Jean-Pierre, but Kirby will have a fill-in role when necessary.

Kirby, who was the State Department spokesman under former President Barack Obama, had a difficult job during the Biden’s disastrous exit from Afghanistan. The operation was a military and public relations nightmare, and Kirby was the mouthpiece for Biden through it all.

The administration is rewarding one of its own for a job well done in covering up the unmitigated disaster that was the Afghanistan pullout. The only thing left for Kirby is a gig on cable news someday.

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