The collapse of Afghanistan was the moment of Biden’s “Bay of Pigs”, and US credibility is “now a problem.”


Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta of the Obama administration said the credibility of the United States on the world stage was severely damaged after the collapse of the Afghan government and the military.

U.S. officials surprised over the weekend explain how fast the Taliban went across Afghanistan before the group occupied the capital Kabul on Sunday and declared victory in a mass surrender by government officials and soldiers. I had a hard time. Meanwhile, US State Department and White House officials have confirmed that a significant number of Americans are still in Afghanistan as the military seeks to secure Kabul Airport to carry out evacuation flights.

A long-time Democratic official, Panetta accused the Byden administration of withdrawing from Afghanistan and compared it to the Bay of Pigs Invasion, which was rejected by the Communist administration in 1961 when U.S.-backed Cuban troops attempted to land in Cuba. did.

“In many ways, you’re thinking of John Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs,” Panetta told CNN on Monday, referring to then-President John F. Kennedy. “It unfolded quickly and the president thought everything would work, but it wasn’t. But President Kennedy was responsible for what happened.”

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Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

“I highly recommend it to the president [Joe] Biden is responsible and admits the mistakes he made, “added the former Pentagon Secretary.

Other White House spokespersons, including Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Jen Psaki, remained silent as the Taliban campaign succeeded and occupied Kabul. Biden released a statement over the weekend accusing the collapse of the Afghan government in last year’s negotiations between the Trump administration and the Taliban in Doha.

Biden faces serious criticism from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as well as former US generals, that he is silent on the matter.

Panetta said Biden needed to clarify that he was the commander-in-chief of the US military.

“We had a difficult few days here in Afghanistan. As Commander-in-Chief, he must continue to defend our national security and make it clear to the American people that he intends to chase terrorists everywhere. No, they are in hell, “added the former CIA commander-in-chief.

“To ensure that the United States remains a strong global leader who can work with its allies to protect peace and prosperity,” Biden added. Because our credibility is at stake now. “

The Epoch Times contacted the White House for comment.

Jack phillips

Jack phillips

Senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.