Although President Joe Biden made it clear from the outset that it was his decision to leave Afghanistan, the manner in which he did so was constrained to some extent by how former President Donald Trump cut a deal with the Taliban to withdraw from the country last year.
Despite this, some Republican commentators are still insisting that none of the current challenges in evacuating Afghanistan would have been an issue if Trump were still president, and one of the biggest purveyors of this idea is National Review editor Rich Lowry.
Like it or not, there's little doubt that if President Trump had gotten himself into this situation in Afghanistan,… https://t.co/4H4ePLIWwR— Rich Lowry (@Rich Lowry) 1629840808.0
Lowry's comment was roundly mocked and dismantled by commenters on social media — with writer Matthew Yglesias taking particular issue with it and noting all the times Trump failed to "establish leverage" with hostile foreign actors.
Guys, the party that brought you 9/11 and the wars in #Afghanistan and Iraq, and its reality-TV host that oversaw a… https://t.co/E7boZmJ047— Joe Rossi (@Joe Rossi) 1629844946.0
This tweet is a combination of owning the libs and virtue signaling to Trumpers who still won't forgive @RichLowry… https://t.co/VR9GljXJZU— American Rebel (@American Rebel) 1629844808.0
“Help me or the dinner at Camp David on 9/11 if off; this I can tell you. And no love letters. And, by the way, man… https://t.co/McZQXcKWbs— Tom Nichols’ dog (@Tom Nichols’ dog) 1629844671.0
He would be rage tweeting and blowing hot air. Most likely end up killing everyone at the airport because fox news… https://t.co/2zzVJ24iCL— London-NY (@London-NY) 1629844259.0
Best day of Rich Lowry’s professional life was when Twitter nuked Trump’s feed, making it slightly inconvenient to… https://t.co/c5gnBmxj6s— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler) 1629844141.0
How can anybody possibly square this with the reality that Trump was going to host the Taliban at Camp David on 9/1… https://t.co/keY5hPi95Q— Heath Mayo (@Heath Mayo) 1629843962.0
Right. And then he’d uncut the threats the moment the Taliban flattered his toddler ego. https://t.co/4L5spJ5IS3— Damon Linker (@Damon Linker) 1629843902.0
Trump also would have forced Xi to make trade concessions, scared Turkey out of threatening the Kurds in Syria, and… https://t.co/fzdkMvx3zY— Matthew Yglesias (@Matthew Yglesias) 1629843375.0