ABC Thumbs Nose at Afghanistan Withdrawal Critics

In the immediate aftermath of the Biden administration’s announcement that the CIA had killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ABC’s Cecilia Vega leaped into action to note how President Biden was right that the United States could still fight terrorism in Afghanistan without having a presence on the ground there. 

Shortly after the Biden administration’s announcement that the United States killed Zawahiri, Vega couldn’t wait to scream I told you so. 

In her report World News Tonight from the north lawn of the White House, Vega bragged how “This time last year, President Biden was pulling troops out of Afghanistan. At the time, the White House faced push-back frankly for saying that it would continue to be able to hunt down and track terrorists down in Afghanistan after American troops were gone.” Adding that “they have shown tonight that is still a possibility.” 



A little over an hour later, during ABC’s special report on Biden’s speech officially announcing the killing of Zawahiri, Vega doubled down (click expand):

Sincere, Martha is saying that there appears to be some of the “We told you so” from the President and senior Administration officials. You can see that they have been heavily criticised for the botched withdrawal we discussed over a year ago. This was actually a remarkable timing. This was around a year ago, when President Biden started pulling troops out Afghanistan. There was a lot of public criticism at that time from people all over the country.

Meanwhile, during NBC’s special report, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel tried to slickly blame former President Trump for Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan 

“The U.S. left less than one year ago, and they left with this promise that the Taliban would never allow Al Qaeda to come back in the country, that they would never allow a future Osama bin Laden to launch attacks from there. That was the deal struck first by President Trump and carried out by President Biden” Engel proclaimed. 

This is a stark contrast to the treatment that NBC gave President Trump following his killing of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by ISIS. On October 27, 2019, NBC decried how Trump was “going to take a victory lap” after killing al-Baghdadi. 

This wasn’t the only instance, of NBC siding with our nation’s enemies over an American President they disagree with politically.

On January 3, 2020 NBC Nightly NewsIt became essentially an infomercial to the Iranian regime following the killing of Qasem Solimani, terrorist Qasem. 

Chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel wailed how “Qasem Soleimani was no ordinary general. The U.S. classified him as a terrorist but in Iran, he was a national hero.” 

The leftist networks would rather side with our nation’s enemies, rather than a Republican President. It’s only when the President is a Democrat do they not root for evil. 

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To read the relevant transcripts click “expand”:

ABC’s World News Tonight
August 1, 2022
Eastern, 6:35:54 

CECILIA VEGA : It is important to note the time of tonight’s event, Linsey. In the midst of last year’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden announced that he was doing so. The White House responded by saying it would be able continue to track and hunt down terrorists after American troops left Afghanistan. Linsey and the team have demonstrated tonight that it is possible. 

ABC News Special Report
August 1, 2022
Eastern at 7:42 p.m. 

LINSEY DAVIS : The administration of Linsley Davis has been hit hard over the last month. This is what does it mean? He seemed to be taking a wink today. 

CECILIA VEGA (Yes) Linsey is absolutely right. There seems to be some of the we said so from the President, as well as senior officials in this administration. You can see that they have been heavily criticised for the botched withdrawal we discussed over a year ago. It was quite notable that this happened at the right time. 

About a year ago, President Biden began to pull out troops from Afghanistan. There was much criticism at that time from people all over the country. They basically said that it would be impossible to continue receiving intelligence without American troops. You are now hearing this from top administration officials. This is evidence that there’s no need for American troops to be on the ground or in danger in Afghanistan. 

NBC News Special Report
August 1, 2022
Eastern, 7:40:52 

RICHARD ENGEL – There are many layers to the story. This story reveals the Taliban’s arrogance as well as their overconfidence. They left the United States less than a year ago. The Taliban promised that Al Qaeda would not return to the country and that Osama Bin Laden would not be allowed to attack the country from the Taliban’s territory. This was the first deal that President Trump struck and President Biden executed. They obviously violated this deal with Ayman AlZawahiri, the leader Al Qaeda’s terrorist group.

The presidential palace is not far away from Kabul. But he was also there apparently for many months. U.S. forces to begin briefing his location, troops to brief him, U.S. intelligence, U.S. force to brief his whereabouts back April. That was enough time for the President to brief, and to study the mock-up of Zawahiri’s safe house. 

A week ago, the President granted the final green light to military personnel, saying “When there is an opening, strike!” That strike occurred on Sunday, while President Obama was sleeping on a balcony. It was to end the potential for collateral damage. On one hand, this shows that the United States took decisive action, and the Taliban showed arrogance. But, on the other, Al Qaeda has shown confidence in its willingness to travel to Afghanistan, even if it had to stay there for several months. The report paints a disturbing picture of Afghanistan’s security situation right now.

Many people do not know that there is collaboration between the United States of America and the Taliban in fighting ISIS. The Taliban view ISIS as a rival group. However, that cooperation clearly hasn’t extended to Al Qaeda. The U.S. is now sending a signal to Al Qaeda and the Taliban that they do not wish to establish a base there.

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