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President Joe Biden just concluded his Thursday press conference on the deadly suicide bombing in Kabul. With 12 Marines and more than 90 Afghans confirmed dead, the mood should have been somber. This was beyond somber; it was funereal.
Biden quietly mumbled his way through the speech at a glacial pace, expressing sadness at the deaths. The words promised vengeance but his tone was complete resignation. The loudest moments were the repeated clearing of his throat. An exhausted 78-year-old incapable of performing his duties and failing miserably when he tries.
To his credit, the President actually took questions from three handpicked journalists then two others. During the last question, he bowed his head on his hands for several seconds in silence. He briefly finished his remarks and wandered off the dais peppered by shouted questions left unanswered.
This is the state of American leadership at all levels in Washington. Complete and utter defeat.
Something has to give. Soon, one way or the other, it will.Published in