On Thursday, Sept. 2, a group of Republican legislators sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to provide the full, unedited transcript of his July phone conversation with exiled Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Kabul fled the country on Aug. 15th, and the Taliban were able to assume control of the city without opposition.
The two presidents last spoke on the phone on July 23, only weeks before the Taliban terrorist organization took control of Kabul. According to accounts, neither Biden nor Ashraf Ghani seemed to comprehend or prepare for the immediate threat of the entire country falling into the hands of rebels during their 14-minute phone discussion.
A transcript of Biden’s last contact with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was leaked, revealing the information.
“There is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture,” Biden told Ghani in the July conversation, encouraging him to transmit a picture that would imply Taliban militants were not gaining control over large parts of Afghanistan.
Biden pressed Ghani to approve a new military plan in July, announcing the specifics during a news conference with prominent Afghan leaders to “change perceptions.”
“I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban,” Biden said. “And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
Representative Claudia Tenny (RN.Y.) headed a group of 27 House Republicans that requested Biden to answer their letter, accusing the administration of providing “a series of false assurances” to Americans and Afghan allies regarding the situation in Afghanistan, before the U.S. soldiers departed from Kabul.
“The contrast between your Administration’s official spin and the reality on the ground revealed a bewildering lack of coherence, strategy, and fundamental transparency,” the letter, obtained by the Daily Caller, reads.
“It appears repeatedly, as if your government is deliberately concealing the truth and misleading the American public. On August 31, new evidence emerged showing that this is exactly what you have been doing since the beginning of this operation,” wrote the congressman.
“This is an oath you have never fulfilled,” the congressman said, referring to passages from transcripts acquired by Reuters that showed Biden promising to give air assistance to the Afghan army.
“This damn call further weakens your credibility and the American people’s confidence in your leadership. Your disturbing emphasis on’perception’, you used it four times in excerpts from Reuters calls with Ghani, The emphasis on substance and truth requires review and accountability,” wrote the lawmakers.
Republican legislators ultimately demanded that Biden release a complete, uncensored, and unedited transcript of his public chat with Ghani so that Congress may “determine the degree to which you may have deliberately misled the American people leading up to and during this disastrously executed operation.”
“The American people deserve answers and clarity. We urge that your administration expeditiously releases the full transcripts of the call,” they added.
Ghani, who is thought to be in the United Arab Emirates, declared a few months before fleeing the nation that his administration could withstand terrorist assaults without U.S. backing and that “no force in the world” could persuade him to leave the country by plane.
Amrullah Saleh, Afghanistan’s Vice President, remained in the nation after Ghani stepped down. On Aug. 17, he announced on Twitter that he would continue to serve as the country’s “caretaker president,” as defined under the 2004 national constitution.
After that, he swore to battle the Taliban with Ahmed Shah Masood, the son of a former anti-Soviet jihadist commander from the Panjshir Valley.