As the Taliban tore across Afghanistan last week, knocking down city after city and running the Afghani government clear out of the country, a grim new reality began to sink in: The women of the middle eastern nation could very well be doomed.
That’s because the Taliban, who are Islamic extremists, weren’t likely to form any sort of government that would recognize the human rights of women.
But, oddly enough, this doesn’t seem to have been a concern of Joe Biden back in 2010.
President Joe Biden once dismissed America’s obligations to Afghan women and girls when he was vice president, telling officials “F— that” when it was brought to his attention.
Atlantic reporter George Packer, also a biographer of former President Barack Obama’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, revealed the 2010 exchange in March.
Packer cited Holbrooke’s diary as the source:
“According to Holbrooke’s diary, when he asked about American obligations to Afghans like the girl in the Kabul school, Biden replied with a history lesson from the final U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia in 1973: ‘F— that, we don’t have to worry about that. We did it in Vietnam, Nixon and Kissinger got away with it.’”
“Got away with it” is perhaps the most callous and unsympathetic way to speak on the subject of the loss of human rights, and it could explain why Biden was so hesitant to even address the nation on the Taliban subject in recent days.