On Friday, the Biden Administration saw three separate crises exposed, the drone killing civilians in Afghanistan, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not approving widespread coronavirus boosters, and the French recalling their ambassador from the United States.
The Pentagon admitted Biden’s retaliatory drone strike killed ten Afghan civilians, including seven children, but not any terrorists. The White House previously claimed to kill an ISIS fighter in the airstrike.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologized for the misinformation and vowed to do better next time. He said, “We apologize, and we will endeavor to learn from this horrible mistake.”
The deaths of civilians in the airstrike adds to Biden’s deadly withdrawal, which caused the death of 13 U.S. service members along with the billions of dollars in military equipment abandoned to the Taliban, and the estimated 100 to 5,000 American citizens and green card holders left behind enemy lines.
Soon after the Pentagon admitted to the killing of Afghan civilians, “a panel advising the Food and Drug Administration voted to not recommend COVID booster shots for all Americans over 16, dashing an administration hope,” the Associated Press (AP) wrote.
Biden, who “proclaimed defeating the pandemic to be the central mission of his presidency,” has failed in that endeavor. The AP notes Biden’s presidency averages 145,000 coronavirus cases per day, up from 8,500 per day three months ago.
The raging pandemic has affected Biden’s approval numbers; Reuters marked Biden’s approval rating on Friday the lowest of his presidency — 44 percent.
“The punishing headlines, all within an hour,” the AP writes, “underscored the … events that can define a term in office.” But the horrible news was compounded when France recalled its ambassador from the United States on Friday because Biden proved to be an “unreliable” partner, the AP noted. Biden is reported to have cut “France out of the alliance and scuttling its own submarine deal with Australia.”
Biden has upset an ally so severely they have recalled ambassadors, while the Biden administration faces an angry congressional caucus over “infrastructure” differences.
The AP reports “it could be a formidable task to unite” the Democrats, like more temperate senators like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), with Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who opposes any “infrastructure” proposal that would shrink his massive $3.5 trillion spending package.
Two temperate senators met with Biden on Thursday in which Sinema’s spokesman John LaBombard said of the discussions, “Today’s meeting was productive, and Kyrsten is continuing to work in good faith with her colleagues and President Biden as this legislation develops.”
The White House said no deal was reached, but the two sides will continue to negotiate:
Today, the president had productive individual meetings with Senator Sinema and Senator Manchin about his Build Back Better agenda. He is in regular touch with a wide range of House and Senate members and continues to engage with them as we move forward on the reconciliation package so we can deliver for middle class families.
Biden fled the White House over the weekend instead of working to resolve any of these crises. “Biden plans to leave Washington, DC, early on Friday for a weekend vacation on the beach, even though Americans are still stuck in Afghanistan,” Breitbart News reported.