CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO
Reuters revealed Biden was lying to the American people about the strength of the Taliban and wanted the Afghan president to help convey the narrative. Church Militant's Trey Blanton lays out the attempt to deceive Americans as forces withdrew.
Reporter: "Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?"
President Joe Biden: "No, it is not."
In early July, Biden created the impression there was no need for American forces to remain in Afghanistan because the Muslim nation was capable of protecting itself.
Two weeks later, Biden spoke over the phone with the country's now-deposed president, Ashraf Ghani, and told the tottering leader he needed to improve his image, saying, "There is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture."
After the call, Afghanistan lost a series of provincial capitals until only Kabul remained, but the Biden administration still refused to admit the truth.
Pentagon press secretary John Kirby: "No potential outcome has to be inevitable. Including the fall of Kabul, which everybody seems to be reporting about. It doesn't have to be that way."
Days later, Ghani fled Kabul as it fell to the Taliban. The collapse of Afghanistan prompted Biden to begin a massive, poorly executed evacuation of as many Americans and allies as possible. Taliban terrorists controlled access to the airport gates, and ISIS forces were able to kill 13 U.S. service members whom Biden barely had time to acknowledge.
Kathy McCollum, mother of fallen Marine Rylee McCollum, said on a radio program, "So my son is gone. And I just want all you Democrats who voted for him [to know], you just killed my son."
The so-called commander-in-chief of our nation's armed forces admitted in the phone call he wasn't "a military guy." Critics say his botched plan for Afghanistan verifies that statement.
It isn't just Biden who cares more about optics than a viable plan. Biden's top brass also conveyed the need to change the narrative that the Taliban was winning.