According to a published report this week, Biden and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, a former college professor whom the U.S. essentially installed as that country's 'leader,' discussed as early as July the impending takeover of the country by the Taliban, though Biden has been telling any reporter who will listen there was "no way to know" the Afghan military would crumble ahead of the Taliban advances.
President Joe Biden wanted the now-departed Afghan president to create the 'perception' that his government was capable of holding off the Taliban - an indication he knew it was only a matter of time before the US ally fell to the Islamic group even while reassuring Americans at home that it would not happen.
In the last phone call between Biden and his Afghan then-counterpart Ashraf Ghani, the American president said they needed to change perceptions of the Taliban's rapid advance 'whether it is true or not,' according to excerpts published on Tuesday.
That phone call took place July 23, many weeks before the fall of Kabul, but on Tuesday Biden said (again) he had no idea that the Taliban would take over the country again so quickly.
"The assumption was that more than 300,000 Afghan national security forces that we had trained over the past two decades, and equipped, would be a strong adversary in their civil wars with the Taliban," Biden told Americans in an address earlier this week.
"That assumption that the Afghan government would be able to hold on for a period of time beyond military drawdown turned out not to be accurate," he added. "But I still instructed our national security team to prepare for every eventuality, even that one. And that's what we did.
"So, we were ready when the Afghan security forces, after two decades of fighting for their country and losing thousands of their own, did not hold on as long as anyone expected," he said.
That appears to be a bald-faced lie.
Just a month before Kabul fell to the Taliban, Ghani was pleading with the Biden regime for more air support and for money to pay his army, which had not had a raise in pay in 10 years.
According to a transcript leaked to Reuters, both leaders discussed the potential collapse while Biden himself was working the political spin angle.
"I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban," said the U.S. 'leader,' who was installed in the White House much in the same way the U.S. installed Ghani.
"And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture," Bide added, even as Taliban fighters were capturing one district and provincial capital after another, as Washington and Kabul quibbled over tactics.
Months before, Biden was telling Americans everything was under control and that a smooth transition out of the country was going to happen.
Then -- it didn't.
"I don't think anybody anticipated that," Biden told ABC News last week.
In April, when he announced the U.S. was finally leaving Afghanistan, he said: "We'll do it responsibly, deliberately, and safely. And we will do it in full coordination with our allies and partners, who now have more forces in Afghanistan than we do.
"And the Taliban should know that if they attack us as we draw down, we will defend ourselves and our partners with all the tools at our disposal," he added.
Obviously, the Taliban weren't concerned about Biden any more than the Iranians, North Koreans, Russians or Chinese are concerned about him.
What a disgrace.