Afghanistan 'political disaster' for Biden, former top Clinton adviser says

I think there’s no question this is an actual and political disaster for President Biden,” Mark Penn said. “当然, we don’t know the long-term effects yet because the events are still evolving as we speak.

He’s going to have to show extreme competence to come back from this,” Penn continued.

拜登 has faced widespread and bipartisan criticism for his handling of the U.S. troop withdrawal from 阿富汗 and the ensuing effort to evacuate Americans and Afghan allies. Penn warned this could also lead to significant problems for Democratic politicians in next year’s midterm elections.


He’s going to have to restore his credibility here,” Penn told Fox News. “He’s got some very big challenges, or he’s going to face some serious problems in the midterms.

Biden’s overall job approval has dropped in the wake of the Afghanistan debacle. 只是 25% of adults polled approve of his handling of the situation, a recent NBC News 轮询 表演.

The fact that President Biden has one item here that’s in the 20s is not yet representative of his entire job, which was really close to 60% [赞同] two months ago,” 佩恩, who is also a veteran pollster, 告诉福克斯新闻. He added that Biden’s job rating hasbeen falling as Covid has been rising, and now he’s 50% or below in most polls.

“再次, events are still evolving,” Penn added. “We don’t know whether he’s going to come back from this or fall further.

只要 41% of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance while 55% disapprove, according to a USA Today/Suffolk University 轮询 周二发表. Biden remains strong among Democrats with an 87% overall approval rating, but maintains low support among crucial independent voters at 32%.

伊斯兰国 threats have also loomed large in Afghanistan. 星期二, Pentagon officials told lawmakers that the terrorist group’s threats targeting airport gates and aircraft jeopardize the evacuation, 政治 已报告.

Clearly the administration has sent conflicting messages on whether or not ISIS is being revived,” Penn told Fox News. “The administration says no, some of the others in the administration say yes, leaked stories say yes.

“看, 我们不知道, we can’t get ahead of events but clearly reestablishing a government run by those people who, 事实上, harbored the terrorists from 9/11 is a dangerous proposition,” 他继续.

Penn also said the unfolding events would make Americans feel less secure.

I can tell you that the public will feel less secure with the Taliban back in office unless there’s real evidence that the Taliban have forsaken terrorism, and so far, we haven’t seen that,” Penn told Fox News.

我们. troops are already leaving Afghanistan as Biden sticks to his Aug. 31 最后期限. Lawmakers have urged an extension to ensure that every American gets out of the country.