In a transcript of the last call between US President Joe Biden and the previous President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani it was revealed that the two leaders discussed various issues like providing military aid for the Afghans, however neither of the Presidents fully understood the threat of the Taliban.
The call took place on the 23rd of July several weeks before Afghanistan’s ex-President fled the country. During the call Biden spoke highly of the Afghan military which was funded and trained by the US.
“You clearly have the best military, You have 300,000 well-armed forces versus 70-80,000 and they’re clearly capable of fighting well,” the American President said.
During the call Biden focused heavily on the “perception” problem saying: “I need not tell you the perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things are not going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there is a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.”
After the transcript of the call was published by Reuters, it became clear that Biden was behind the idea of Afghan military generals announcing a strategic tactic to change “perception”.
“That will change perception, and that will change an awful lot I think,” Biden said.
The words of the President did not suggest that he expected the soon demise of the Afghan government as he said: “We are going to continue to fight hard, diplomatically, politically, economically, to make sure your government not only survives, but is sustained and grows.”
Ghani from his side asked Biden to “rebalance the military solution” saying: “We are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this.”
When Biden heard aboutGhani’s plan to shift to a
“I’m not a military guy, so I’m not telling you what a plan should precisely look like, you’re going to get not only more help, but you’re going to get a perception that is going to change,” Biden said.
Currently, the Taliban is having their first day in full power, holding