But the harsh speech seems empty now. This American president, visibly exhausted after only seven months in office, struggles to read the macho clichés on his autocue.
Joe Biden doesn’t care which NATO allies he betrayed or those we leave behind in Kabul or the 39 million Afghans who have seen their clocks go back to the Dark Ages.
This tired and confused old man just wants it to be over.
Twenty years ago, the West united in just outrage over the mass murder of 3,000 people on live television.
A US-led coalition backed by all NATO allies went to Afghanistan because its Taliban leaders harbored Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda inspirer behind the mass murder of 11 September.
But now the West is moving away from Afghanistan as fast as it can because that’s what America wants.
And it was America alone that packed Afghanistan for the Taliban. Biden, chief architect of chaos and carnage, has blood until his hair transplant.
And the same goes for Donald Trump, who made the original ugly deal with the Taliban to withdraw from Afghanistan as long as the Taliban promised to be very, very nice.
WITHOUT FLAVOR, WITHOUT FATHER
The 13 American soldiers who died in the suicide bombing at Kabul airport, these lions led by donkeys, were the first American victims in Afghanistan for 18 months.
This is what surrender looks like. It is the taste of defeat. And it didn’t have to be that way. Biden was fatally wrong every step of the way.
Decide to abandon Afghanistan and close Bagram Air Base last month. And impose an evacuation deadline. Each panic was someone’s death sentence.
In a virtual meeting of G7 leaders, Boris Johnson pleaded with Biden to extend the rescue mission in Kabul. Biden ignored him.
This stupid, flabby president cannot leave Afghanistan fast enough.
And this cowardly retreat – Dumkirk, as the New York Post called him – is unforgivable.
Because it is not only American blood that has been shed for 20 years to build the fragile peace that is now carried away forever.
The British – and all other NATO members – fought and died in Afghanistan because of the multiple terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11.
For the first time in history, NATO invoked Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, the clause that an attack on a NATO nation is considered an attack on all of us.
This is why these 457 British servicemen gave their lives, and why thousands more returned mutilated in body and mind. For America.
But Biden fled without even consulting us, flouting British calls to save more of our friends and allies.
It’s hard to think of a more monumental act of disrespect.
And it was not just the British who gave so much in Afghanistan at America’s behest.
In Afghanistan, many NATO countries suffered their first military losses since World War II: 157 Canadians dead, 41 Australians. Croats, Czechs, Estonians, Germans and French.
BRAVE EXHAUSTED SOULS
Joe Biden betrayed them all. And by sucking in the Taliban, by being so eager to appease smiling rapists, murderers and torturers, Biden betrayed the brave Afghans who have worked alongside our forces for 20 long years.
After Biden’s one-sided decision to run away, the world will soon begin to hear the cries of anguish from those who haven’t come out.
They will include courageous souls who served the cause of freedom and who have now been sold to the Taliban.
They will also include UK and US passport holders.
How the hell are they doing now, Sleepy Joe?
The Taliban’s white flag flies today over the former British garrison in Kabul.
And the white flag of surrender flies over President Biden’s White House.
It’s worse than the Bay of Pigs. It’s worse than the fall of Saigon. It’s worse than Jimmy Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis.
Because President Biden has held the entire free world hostage to terror.
All the terrorists on the planet have been encouraged by Joe Biden’s cowardly surrender in Afghanistan.
So don’t dream that it’s over.
The horror has only just begun, Mr President.
Hard to handle
CLIVE MYRIE made his debut as the new presenter of Mastermind this week.
The questions were simple: which chess piece can only move diagonally? What band from the 1960s was Mary Wilson in? What day of the week is the Super Bowl played?
Bishop. Supreme. Sunday.
The hardest part is finding answers when you’re sitting in that chair surrounded by darkness, your mouth dry, your brain shutting down, and cold sweat sliding down your spine.
I did Mastermind once, and once in my life is good.
” It was scary! Clive Myrie said after his first Mastermind.
Clive – you’re just asking the questions. Try to answer them.
Cause to the paws
If you own a dog then you will have noticed that there has been a puppy boom since the start of the first lockdown.
Pandemic puppies are everywhere, the perfect addition to a more home-oriented lifestyle.
You constantly come across these puppies, enthusiastically jumping on grumpy elders like our ten year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stan.
The result of this unprecedented demand for dogs is that prices have skyrocketed.
According to the Royal Veterinary College, the average cost of a pandemic puppy was £ 1,550 last year.
A shepadoodle puppy – a cross between a poodle and a German Shepherd – went for £ 6,500.
How much exactly does this doggie in the window cost?
Do not ask !
The stones keep rolling
MICK JAGGER and Keith Richards were clearly overcome with grief at the death of their bandmate Charlie Watts.
Keith initially posted an almost inconsistent howl of grief on Instagram.
“Sorry, I can’t,” Keith said, later deleting the post and replacing it with a picture of Charlie’s battery and a “closed” sign.
Mick Jagger had no words, simply posting a photo of a smiling Charlie sitting on drums he played in the Stones for 59 years.
But there’s no indication the Rolling Stones will give up now that they’ve lost Charlie Watts.
When drummer John Bonham died in 1980, Led Zeppelin immediately broke up. That would never happen with the Stones.
The Stones are the most resistant and least sentimental groups.
It was the group, after all, that kicked out its founding member, Brian Jones, when Brian got lost in a fog of drugs and self-destruction.
And while Charlie reportedly cried non-stop when Brian passed away, aged 27, shortly after being kicked out, Mick and Keith never even made it to his funeral.
There is a tenacity in the Stones and a pragmatism – they understand that the group is much greater than the sum of its parts.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney both had successful solo careers after the Beatles split. But Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have never enjoyed such a level of solo success on their own projects.
Without Keith, Mick was a bit too fey and disco.
And without Mick, Keith was still too bluesy and earthy.
But together – and with Charlie and Ronnie Wood – they were electric.
No doubt Mick and Keith’s hearts are shattered at the loss of their adorable sweet-natured drummer.
But the show continues. The surviving Stones will continue until they fall from their perch after a long, beautiful life doing something they loved and that has pleased generations.
And that’s exactly what Charlie Watts did.
Agnetha? I do, I do, I do
EVERY child of pop can remember exactly where they were when they first saw Abba’s Agnetha Faltskog (Top Of The Pops, 1974, Billericay).
It’s the equivalent of JFK for the obsession with music.
Now Agnetha and her Abba friends are back, releasing new music next week and performing as holograms of themselves in their nubile and Nordic prime in a new show called Abba Voyage next year.
I’m not a big fan of group meetings. But who can say no to an Agnetha Faltskog hologram?