.@POTUS was forthright today… and unlike his predecessor he took responsibility.. for his actions. We have a terrible human rights tragedy no doubt but the decision to leave was one of the few things Americans of both parties wanted & that Biden and Trump agreed on. https://t.co/gat6U77Rv0
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) August 17, 2021
Biden did say: “I am President of the United States of America, and the buck stops with me.” But he went on to blame the deal he “inherited” from President Donald Trump; the Afghan leaders who, he said, “gave up and fled the country”; and the Afghan military, which he said had “collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.”
So he passed the buck.
Then he turned around and went back to Camp David, where he was scheduled to be on vacation until Wednesday. That’s how President Joe Biden “took responsibility” for Afghanistan. Biden’s empty words are a familiar tactic used by other Democrats to deflect criticism during a crisis.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for example, “took responsibility” for that administration’s failure to protect the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
What did that mean? Absolutely nothing. No one in the Obama administration was ever fired over Benghazi; four State Department officials were simply reassigned. And Clinton was defiant when questioned by Congress about the cover-up.
Likewise, Hillary Clinton said she took “responsibility” for her email scandal, in which she kept government emails on an unsecured private server whose contents were deleted. But she never came clean, and Obama’s DOJ let her off the hook.
That is how Biden “took responsibility” on Monday: he said “the buck stops here,” and even claimed things were going according to plan, then went back to Camp David while thousands of Americans remained stranded in Kabul and in danger.
Back in February, Biden told CBS News that he did not, in fact, have responsibility for what happened in Afghanistan: “Do I bear responsibility? Zero responsibility.”
That is how Biden felt when he could have made a real plan. When it mattered.
Sources: Breitbart: Pollak: When Democrats Say ‘I Take Responsibility,’ They Mean the Opposite