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John Ratcliffe: Afghanistan ‘most profound loss for the US actually in our lifetime’

Former Nationwide Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe spoke with Mark Levin on the impression President Joe Biden had from his failure on Afghanistan.

Ratcliffe appeared on “Life, Liberty & Levin” Sunday the place Levin requested him in regards to the impression the lack of Afghanistan could have on the US.

“I hope that it is simply one thing that has an impression for many years. I hope it isn’t centuries,” Ratcliffe mentioned. It is essentially the most profound loss for the US actually in our lifetime.”

“However one in every of my issues there – and this goes to your bigger query about what has Joe Biden achieved to our nationwide safety – he is very clearly harmed it, however in so many respects past Afghanistan. However this most up-to-date, most painful, colossal failure in Afghanistan has actually breathed life into the novel Islamic terrorist motion, not simply in Afghanistan, however around the globe.”

Ratcliffe subsequently defended the intelligence crew, stating that Biden “deserted” their authentic plan to solely withdrew beneath sure situations.


“Our intelligence was crystal clear about what was going to occur in Afghanistan if we withdrew with out situations primarily based on phrases that we had negotiated. And when Biden deserted that plan, it went precisely to what we mentioned was going to occur. And that’s, sadly, a development that has continued the place this administration and this nationwide safety equipment retains making unhealthy choices, retains ignoring the precise intelligence that we’ve. And truthfully, nothing issues me extra proper now,” Ratcliffe mentioned.

Ratcliffe additionally added that whereas he thought of China to be “our primary nationwide safety menace,” the actual lasting harm has come primarily from Biden and his administration.

“[The Biden administration] have actually gotten every little thing mistaken for eight straight months with respect to China, with respect to Russia, with respect to Iran, with respect all through the Center East now, together with Afghanistan, it goes on and on. Actually, they’re batting zero. They’re hanging out at each flip. And it is having a profound, grave impression on our nationwide safety and our nationwide safety posture,” Ratcliffe mentioned.

“Did you in your lifetime ever assume you’d see a president, the US, who was, in my opinion, so cavalier about leaving People in enemy territory?” Levin requested.

Ratcliffe responded “no,” however added that there’s additionally concern surrounding who’s working with Biden.

“You already know, there’s an actual query about whether or not Joe Biden is the individual making these choices — and, if not, who’s? However what we all know is he is not surrounded by anybody that is gotten something proper. And so that’s the concern. However Afghanistan is simply the newest episode of what we have seen, the place the commander in chief is demonstrating cowardice on a nationwide stage to our allies and to our adversaries.”


“[O]ur skill to even conduct one of the best intelligence around the globe has been impacted. That is the ripple impact that that is going to have in all places and understand it. It’s one thing that I, you understand, once more, I by no means anticipated to see and God assist us,” Ratcliffe mentioned.


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