Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families (CWF) says the disastrous evacuation from Afghanistan orchestrated by the Biden administration has given the Taliban reason to hold victory celebrations. They have reportedly invited the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, and three other countries to join them at the former U.S. embassy in Afghanistan for a Taliban government formation ceremony.
"These are always solemn occasions," Bauer says about 9/11. "But this one's going to be particularly poignant because after 20 years of effort in Afghanistan, which was set off by the attacks of 9/11, it appears to much of the world, and certainly to millions of American people, that we have lost our battle there. Not militarily," he adds. "Our brave men and women did everything in Afghanistan they were asked to do."
Bauer credits the situation to Biden's failed leadership.
"I think the president is going to do a lot on 9/11, but I think it's going to be a bittersweet for the American people," he says. "Whether Biden realizes it or not, the failed withdrawal is going to keep causing problems for him and for America in the months and years ahead."
A national defense analyst and author is likewise disappointed in Biden's unwillingness to do what is necessary to keep Americans safe.
Saturday will mark two decades since that fateful Tuesday morning that fundamentally changed America. But as the thousands who died that day are remembered, there is concern that the United States is just as vulnerable to a terror attack now as it was that morning 20 years ago.
"In spite of the fact that we've spent trillions of dollars on a number of interesting wars and investment here at the homeland, it really comes down to the willpower of the leadership," says Bob Maginnis, senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council (FRC). "Evidently Mr. Biden and his cohort of government leadership officials are unwilling to do what is necessary to keep us safe."
He is disappointed in the way things have turned out.
"We've had some miserable leadership that is reinviting the types of attacks that humbled our country back to our homeland," Maginnis warns. "It's rather disappointing looking back, and a lot of lives have been expended, and a lot of treasure has been spent, and yet today I don't know if we're any better than we were back then."
CWF's Bauer says the president has undermined the confidence of America's allies and has simultaneously encouraged and emboldened her Islamic enemies around the world.