Hugh, I'm perfectly happy to heap blame on Biden. You are the one who refuses to acknowledge the reality that Trump deserves his share too (and so does Obama, the Pentagon, the Afghan gov etc.). You're being a wild-eyed partisan in the face of this calamity. 1/
In fact, I've lashed into Biden many times for this catastrophe.
Have you ever once criticized Trump for negotiating with the Taliban? For taking their assurances at face value? For wanting to bug out faster/sooner than Biden did? 2/
Can you manage to scrounge up *1 percent* of the blame for Trump for having the same strategic goal and a faster timetable for this outcome? Or are you going to continue to pretend that "100%" of this is on Biden? 3/
If you are going to stick to that ridiculous position, will you be criticizing your various colleagues and guests who endorse the ends of Biden's Afghan policy but, like you, insist on scoring partisan points about the means? 4/
I mean you told me I should defer to @Liz_Cheney's verdict on this. Here's what she says: Do you agree with that? Does that get you over zero percent of the blame for Trump and Pompeo Or did they handle Afghanistan perfectly as you imply? 5/5

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