Matt Zeller, a former CIA analyst and once a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve who previously served as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces, slammed Biden's remarks on the crisis in Afghanistan as well as MSNBC's Brian Williams and his praise for Biden.
“I feel like I watched a different speech than the rest of you guys. I was appalled. There was such a profound bold-faced lie in that speech. The idea we planned for every contingency? I have been personally trying to tell this administration since it took office, [and] I have been trying to tell our government for years this was coming. We sent them plan after plan on how to evacuate these people. Nobody listened to us,” Zeller added.
“I can't forgive myself, and I'll never forgive my country for doing this,” Zeller added.
Wallace joined Williams in applauding Biden's speech, arguing that “95% of the American people” would agree with everything the president said on Monday.
Chaos in the capital of Afghanistan ensued over the weekend and into Tuesday as the Taliban took over Kabul on Sunday. Deposed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country amid the Taliban's takeover of the nation's government. In his remarks Monday, Biden admitted the fall of the government came “more quickly than we anticipated” but stood by his decision to end “America's war-fighting in Afghanistan.”
During the years of U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Williams, then the chief anchor of NBC Nightly News, was part of a scandal that emerged in 2015 after it was made apparent that a story he told about coming under RPG fire in 2003 while flying in a helicopter in Iraq was falsified .
Williams admitted in February 2015 that the helicopter was not hit by enemy fire and took a brief absence from the network before returning to the network as a breaking news editor for MSNBC.
U.S. Army veteran Matt Zeller goes off on MSNBC about Biden’s remarks on Afghanistan:
Zeller: “I feel like I watched a different speech than the rest of you guys. I was appalled.” pic.twitter.com/eGC5tMBvy4
— Whitney Robertson (@whitneyleerob) August 16, 2021
Source: Washington Examiner