As of Monday evening, the USA has left Afghanistan, abandoning “several hundred” Individuals to their fates by the hands of the Taliban. So it’s price reminding journalists that Joe Biden lied to George Stephanopoulos on August 19 when he swore to the Good Morning America host: “If there’s Americans left, we’re going to remain till we get all of them out.

Apparently not. Will journalists bear in mind this falsehood?

Stephanopoulos, to his credit score, has really been fairly constant on grilling the administration for its disastrous dealing with of Afghanistan. Right here’s an change from the August 19 GMA:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you dedicated to creating certain the troops keep till each American who desires to be out is out?

BIDEN: Sure, sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about our Afghan allies, does the dedication maintain for them as properly.

BIDEN: The dedication holds to get everybody out that, in truth, we are able to get out and everybody that ought to come out and that is the target. That is what we’re doing now. That is the trail we’re on and I feel we’ll get there.

 

 

Then got here the second the place we now know Biden flat-out failed:

BIDEN: Individuals bought to know we’ll be out of there earlier than August 31.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But when we don’t?

BIDEN: If we don’t we’ll decide on the time who’s left.

STEPHANOPOULOS: [Prompting] And?

BIDEN: And if there are American forces– if there’s Americans left we’ll keep until we get all of them out.

That didn’t occur. Because the New York Post reported on Tuesday:

“A number of hundred” Individuals stay in Afghanistan following the entire US troop withdrawal, the Pentagon spokesman introduced Tuesday, as army management failed in its said mission to take away all Individuals from the Taliban-controlled nation by the top of August.

Pentagon press secretary John Kirby advised MSNBC’s Willie Geist that he doesn’t assume there may be an “precise determine,” for the variety of Individuals left in Afghanistan, sticking to imprecise language.

Once more, to his credit score, Stephanopoulos reminded Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan of this lie on Tuesday. He demanded to know: “You understand, two weeks in the past the President advised me that American army would keep till all Individuals have been out, no less than 100 Individuals stay. What’s the plan to get them out?

It’s good that Stephanopoulos remembers what Biden stated on August 19. Will different media retailers?

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Right here’s a part of the August 19 transcript. Click on “broaden” to learn extra.

Good Morning America
08/19/2021
7:10 a.m. Japanese

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you dedicated to creating certain the troops keep till each American who desires to be out is out?

JOE BIDEN: Sure, sure.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about our Afghan allies, does the dedication maintain for them as properly.

BIDEN: The dedication holds to get everybody out that, in truth, we are able to get out and everybody that ought to come out and that is the target. That is what we’re doing now. That is the trail we’re on and I feel we’ll get there.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So Individuals ought to perceive troops might need to be there past August thirty first.

BIDEN: No Individuals bought to know we’ll be out of there earlier than August 31.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But when we don’t?

BIDEN: If we don’t we’ll decide on the time who’s left.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ….And?

BIDEN: And if there are American forces— if there’s Americans left we’ll keep until we get all of them out.

STEPHANOPOULOS:  Properly, there was the dedication proper there. We’ll keep till all Individuals are out.