The Kansas City Star Editorial Board noted in a searing op-ed on Friday evening that Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri – who celebrated the deadly insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th that was meant to prevent Joe Biden from becoming the 46th president – has espoused monumental hypocrisy regarding the formal ending to the 20-year conflict in Afghanistan.
Back in April, Hawley “was an enthusiastic supporter of a deal between former President Donald Trump and the Taliban that would have extracted U.S. troops by May 1. Hawley tweeted in April that while he felt Biden should follow Trump’s plan, withdrawing troops by September 11 was ‘better late than never,'” the paper noted.
“President Biden should withdraw troops in Afghanistan by May 1, as the Trump administration planned, but better late than never. It’s time for this forever war to end,” the Senator wrote on Twitter.
President Biden should withdraw troops in Afghanistan by May 1, as the Trump administration planned, but better late than never. It’s time for this forever war to end https://t.co/X679t33NuS
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 13, 2021
On Thursday, however, Hawley demanded that Biden abdicate the presidency for following through with Trump’s surrender.
“We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal. This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign,” Hawley said after two suicide bombings in Kabul killed more than a dozen American servicemembers and scores of Afghans.
“Joe Biden had plenty of time to evacuate every single American citizen and secure every piece of military weaponry before withdrawing our troops,” Hawley added in a statement to the Star. “The fact that he didn’t proves he does not have the competence or capacity to lead our nation. He should do the right thing and resign.”
But the paper pointed out that the odds of Biden walking away are pretty close to zero and that Hawley would probably be less than thrilled with his replacement.
“The chances that Biden will resign are remote at best. If he did, his exit would only elevate another Democrat, Vice President Kamala Harris, to the presidency. Hawley’s office did not respond to a question asking if he supported Harris becoming president,” the Board wrote.
And that was only the beginning of the brutal shellacking.
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