Former CIA analyst and MSNBC guest Matt Zeller criticized President Joe Biden’s speech on the continued Afghanistan crisis amid praise for it from the liberal network’s hosts. Biden addressed the state from the White House on Monday over the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan after Biden’s troop withdrawal. Zeller appeared with hosts Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House” to debate the speech at length. Williams complimented Biden’s speech, claiming “he didn’t run” from his responsibility to the Afghan people.
“He didn’t run from it. He owned it. He owned the very fact that, as he put it, the buck stops with him,” Williams said. “I hope he gets to have their deaths too,” Zeller fired back. Zeller spent most of his appearance criticizing Biden’s speech, also because of the administration’s actions in withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. “I desire I watched a special speech than the remainder of you guys. I used to be appalled. There was such a profound bold-faced dwell that speech. the thought we planned for each contingency? I even have been personally trying to inform this administration since it took office. I even have been trying to inform our government for years this was coming. We sent them plan after plan on the way to evacuate these people. Nobody listened to us,” Zeller said.
Zeller also slammed the administration for not having adequate plans to evacuate the thousands of Afghan citizens looking to flee Taliban rule. Wallace previously complimented Biden’s speech saying “95% of the American people will accept as true with everything [President Biden] just said. 95% of the press covering this White House will disagree.” “For an American president to finally be aligned with what such an awesome majority of USA citizens believe Afghanistan is perhaps an incredible relief to the American people,” Wallace continued.
Wallace also seemed to defend the speech against Zeller, remarking how “6,000 troops aren’t capable do what you only described, which remains hopefully the mission of the administration.” “We made these people a promise. The Taliban are now actively killing them, and if we do not take them they go to die. that is the thing is we have the means to try to do this. we’ve just simply lacked this complete time the conviction to try to do the proper thing,” Zeller said. Zeller also acknowledged his own guilt in leaving citizens behind for the Taliban, stating he’ll “never forgive” his country for doing so.
“I can’t forgive myself and I’ll never forgive my country for doing this. I do know exactly what every Vietnam veteran has been warning me about now. I’m getting to accept the moral injury for the remainder of my life,” Zeller said. Biden has faced intense criticism for his handling of the Afghanistan debacle. Following his address to the state, he promptly returned to Camp David without taking press questions.