Tories had 18 MONTHS to evacuate Afghanistan, left it to the last minute, and messed it up

Boris Johnson: it’s all just a lark to him.

How did that work out for them, then?

For those who haven’t been following the news too closely, the UK government run by Boris Johnson knew it was on a deadline to move troops out of Afghanistan after then-US President Donald Trump signed the Doha Agreement with the Taliban in February 2020.

That was 18 months ago, but Johnson did nothing at all until July this year. We have only his word that any preparation was carried out at all – and we all know what Johnson’s word is worth: nothing.

According to the Doha Agreement, US troops had until May 1, 2021 to pull out of Afghanistan entirely. Incoming US President Joe Biden unilaterally pushed back the deadline to August 31 – presumably in the arrogant belief that the Taliban would let the World’s strongest country do whatever it wanted.

Well, that didn’t happen!

The Taliban started a widescale offensive on the day of the deadline and was faced with very little resistance indeed from a poorly-trained and corrupt Afghan National Army. They practically walked into Kabul on August 15.

That was more than two weeks ago. News reports have shown that the UK’s own withdrawal of troops has been unplanned, unprofessional and chaotic, despite the fact that Boris Johnson had been given a year and a half’s notice to leave.

Now, with the evacuation over, more than a thousand people (possibly many thousands of people) have been left behind, at the mercy of the Taliban; confidential documents including information identifying Afghan citizens who were employed by the UK government were left in the former UK Embassy for the Taliban to find and use; and Johnson’s government has been found to have issued a tissue of lies about what it has been doing.

Why did he make such a mess of it?

Here’s the apparently-prevailing view:

The government has tried to put a veneer of respectability on its potentially fatal incompetence, but we’re having none of it – as this exchange shows:

Johnson himself seems to have used Afghanistan as a prop with which to avoid facing his domestic failures:

Oh, and did you spot the reference to Pen Farthing, the former Marine who founded an animal rescue charity?

It turns out that the dispute between him and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace wasn’t resolved by Wallace putting him and nearly 200 dogs on a plane out of Afghanistan; it was not a military plane at all. So it seems the government took credit for something it didn’t do…

… or, if you prefer, falsely blamed Farthing for its own failure to get everyone out:

The facts of the Afghanistan evacuation grow worse, the more we know.

And I’m willing to bet we’ve only learned about a fraction of the cock-ups that Johnson has caused – because Johnson can’t be bothered with details and couldn’t care less about Afghanistan anyway.

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  1. Hecuba August 31, 2021 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Another abysmal failure by that little fascist dictator duck johnson! News flash duck johnson the French government acted 18 months ago to instigate evacuation of their French citizens and military personnel but you johnson did nothing!

    How many military weapons and equipment were left by the British army because fascist duck johnson couldn’t be bothered to do his job??

    Little fascist dictator duck johnson and his rabid fascist cabal including Dominic Raab and Ben Wallace are experts at one issue only and that is stealing as much money from our public purse as they can fill their pockets!

    The fascist crooked dictatorship under their little leader duck johnson are doing fine – they have malestream media in their pockets constantly issuing lies and blaming Nowzac because scapegoating and denying accountability is what fascists always enact!

    The next instalment of fascist tory stupidity and utter incompetence will be news reports stating the Afghan refugees who have arrived in UK are now falsely claiming benefits!

    Deport all the nasty foreigners will be fascist tories’ next campaign because keeping us peasants’ focus away from all the crimes duck johnson and his cabal are committing always works!

  2. Valerie j Matthews August 31, 2021 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Never mind we have left the Taliban with an array of weapons to get on with attacking the West! You could not make it up!

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