Vice president Kamala Harris “owns” the implementation of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan following his mention of his role in President Joe Biden’s decision, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
“Vice President Kamala Harris has been, at least visually, front and center as President Biden oversees America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan,” he said. the newspaper wrote in a story titled, “Kamala Harris mentioned her role in Afghanistan policy. Now, she also owns it.”
“The gruesome images of the U.S. retreat from Kabul this week, with desperate Afghans relentlessly chasing a packed Air Force plane, are likely to be a defining moment in Biden’s presidency, ”Times writer Noah Bierman added. “But the implementation of the retreat will also be added to Harris’s resume, emphasizing the complex challenges he faces as Biden’s understudy.”
The Times said that following Biden’s decision in April to withdraw U.S. troops, Harris boasted in an interview with CNN “that he was the last in the room before Biden made a decision, and was comfortable with the plan.”
He added that because of his desire to “erase any light between him and Biden,” it would be difficult to isolate himself from any of his decisions that could have gone wrong.
“Neither Harris nor the administration officials said what, if any, questions, concerns or reservations Harris had raised about the withdrawal plans or the fate of the thousands of Afghans who assisted the forces. of the US, “wrote The Times. “It is also not known whether he expressed any skepticism about intelligence assessments that a victory over the Taliban was more than a year away.”
The Biden administration has been crushed from both sides since armed Taliban fighters peeked into Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Sunday, forcing the Afghan president to flee the country as his government collapsed. The scenes of chaos and panic at Kabul airport caught the world’s attention at the end of 20 years of U.S. military in the country.
“Most observers expect the Taliban to treat women cruelly, to go back to policies that exclude them from schools and the rest of society and subject them to violence and death if they resist. The country’s president is fled. Intelligence experts are worried it will be a haven for terrorists, “the Times wrote before citing a Harris adviser who said the vice president has been a champion for women throughout his career.
In June, the same newspaper said Harris had been ineffective in his role just five months later too much strolling with him that the scope of the paper was labeled “inappropriate and frustrating.”
The Times was ridiculed on social media in January when it announced that “Covers Kamala Harris, ”a project described as“ a defeat dedicated to its historic rise in the White House ”full of complementary content.
The Times has dialed back the praise, even the abandonment of an Instagram account dedicated to Harris.
Fox News ’Brooke Singman and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.