CNN’s Jake Tapper calls Biden’s rejection of Army’s Afghanistan after-action report ‘insulting’

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Sunday’s “State of the Union” featured a critique of President Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan by CNN host Jake Tapper.

A preview of Biden’s pre-Super Bowl interview aired on “NBC Nightly News” with Lester Holt on Thursday. In the segment, Biden admitted he dismissed the U.S. military’s investigative report that said the administration was not ready to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in August.

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Taliban fighters pose for a photo at Wazir Akbar Khan in Kabul city, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

“Yes.” Biden said. “I reject them.”

Despite the report, he also insisted that he had not been briefed on the extent to which the White House was prepared to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and instead argued “there was no good time to go out.”

This answer does not seem to satisfy Tapper.

“It’s hard to overstate how insulting Biden’s sweeping rejection is to so many service members and veterans,” Tapper said.

“Given the full contents of the two thousand pages of documents and this US Army investigation which CNN also obtained, many of the testimonies come from soldiers who were in the field at the gates near the canal around the airport, from NCOs, junior officers, Joes, people with little political motivation to lie and a heavy legal and moral obligation to tell the truth in affidavits,” he added.

A Taliban fighter guards the entrance to Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

A Taliban fighter guards the entrance to Pul-e-Charkhi prison in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Various CNN guests in the past have defended Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan despite an Aug. 26 terror attack in Kabul that killed 13 U.S. service members and dozens of Afghans.

“I have no doubt that President Biden cares, but I don’t understand why he wouldn’t show that concern to take this investigation more seriously, to absorb the tragic details, to consider the obvious failures of his administration , failures that cost lives,” Tapper said. noted.

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Biden’s response to Afghanistan has prompted several prominent Republican figures to demand his resignation.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken watch as a transport team moves a transfer case with the rest of Marine Corps Cpl.  Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind., during a casualty return to Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, for the 13 service members killed in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan , August 26.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken watch as a transport team moves a transfer case with the rest of Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind., during a casualty return to Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, for the 13 service members killed in the suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan , August 26. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“Biden still bristles at this because he’s convinced that ending the war in Afghanistan was the right move, but that’s not the question. It’s not a question of if, but how. , the war ended. And what it means for the people who were there when it finally ended,” Tapper pushed back.

He then concluded by saying “Isn’t that how you show how much you care? If not, it’s not just words?”

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