As President Joe Biden continues to double down in defense of the manner in which he has overseen the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Axios reports that, despite widespread condemnation of administration actions, the commander in chief does not have current plans to fire any of the senior officials who presumably advised him along the way.
Though a notable group of administration actors have been the subject of intense criticism in recent days, it appears, according to the report, that individuals such as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, CIA Director William Burns, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin need not worry about losing their jobs, according to “people familiar with the matter,” as Axios noted.
As Breitbart added, Biden has continued his stubborn insistence that the process of exiting Afghanistan after 20 years was always going to be disruptive and messy, but declared on Sunday that “history is going to record this was the logical, rational, right decision to make.”
Axios indicated that while Biden’s longtime confidantes do not believe that firings of senior officials are in the offing, things could always change if circumstances on the ground if Afghanistan dramatically worsen or Americans lose their lives at the hands of the Taliban.
News of this likely job security for those who many believe have made catastrophic misjudgments regarding Afghanistan will surely not sit well with the many lawmakers who have demanded resignations from and/or firings of those they believe responsible for the continuing disaster.
Just last week, Texas Republican Rep. Lance Gooden declared that “resignations need to happen immediately,” citing the fact that at the time of his comments, “5,000 to 10,000 Americans are still stranded in Afghanistan,” as Fox News noted.
Frequent administration critic Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also joined in demanding resignations from “Biden’s entire defense and foreign policy team,” whom he blamed for orchestrating “the worst foreign policy debacle since Vietnam.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) also blasted what he referred to as the “overwhelming” amount of “incompetence of the Biden administration,” adding that “there need to be resignations, there need to be firings,” as Fox News also reported.
Not content to see departures only among key administration officials and appointees, Louisiana Republican Rep. Andy Biggs opined last week that the rot in this regard clearly comes from the top, saying, “These past few days have proven what we’ve already known about Biden and [Vice President Kamala] Harris. They are completely unfit to lead. They must resign!”