Ron DeSantis blasts ‘humiliating’ Afghanistan exit at 9/11 event
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DeSantis said Biden wanted a 9/11 photo op.

Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to his former political home base Friday, with some sharp words about the end of the war in Afghanistan.

In Palm Valley, where he addressed the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, DeSantis blasted the “fiasco” that saw 13 service members killed as the U.S. attempted to evacuate people from Afghanistan last month and described the Taliban’s ascendance in the aftermath as “humiliating.”

“To see that happen without any planning, with no support, basically, a total fiasco. They were not served well by their leadership in this,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis went on to describe the way the withdrawal happened as a “real stain on our country,” suggesting the Biden administration wanted good publicity for the war’s end.

“I don’t know why it was done that way,” he said. “People have said they wanted to have some type of 9/11 photo op, which obviously is not going to happen now. But it was not done right and those folks were not supported.”

“To see the Taliban with all our military equipment over there? That’s humiliating for our country,” DeSantis added.

DeSantis also discussed the post-9/11 military in his comments, noting that with no military draft, there was a “very small portion of people who had the burdens on them” throughout the U.S. military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“People on their third, fourth, fifth deployment,” DeSantis reflected. “A small number of people do it over and over again.”

“It’s not conducive to having a family life. Relationships are frayed, there are a lot of lost opportunities,” DeSantis said. “There was a lot of cost involved in those operations and those costs really did fall on a small portion of population.”

DeSantis, who has spent all of 2021 “standing in the way” of President Joe Biden on one issue or another, is considered a leading prospect for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. Afghanistan and the optics of Sept. 11 have featured on the Governor’s laundry list of complaints. Some of the phrasings he used in Palm Valley had been workshopped previously for national audiences.

Just weeks before, he claimed on Hannity that Biden sought a “9/11 moment” with the Afghanistan withdrawal, which he described elsewhere as “humiliating.”

The Governor returned to the same themes in a second appearance Friday, sounding not unlike a presidential candidate in Holiday.

“They deserve the best leadership at the top. They deserve people that care about them,” he said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


16 comments

  • Alex

    September 10, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    DeAnus forgot it was his hero Trump’s plan.

    Lololol

    Reply

    • Ron Ogden

      September 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      It took the old coot an hour last January to scrap all the other things he felt he knew more about than Trump. Every proggie in America is still whirling like a dervish trying to find some way to get Biden out of his Afghan mess by blaming Trump–and NOBODY is buying it, not even CNN. When you’ve got CNN telling Democrats they’re full of crap it’s time to leave off. It was “Biden or Bust”. Now it’s “Busted”.

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      • Alex

        September 10, 2021 at 4:52 pm

        Biden is exactly where Trump spent his entire 4 years.

        Lol

        The difference is Americans agree leaving Afghanistan was the right call.

        Biden will survive this, and be fine.

        Deal with it.

        Reply

      • Anonymous

        September 10, 2021 at 6:03 pm

        Don’t feed the trolls, Ron Ogden. They are parasites who thrive on the attention.

        Reply

        • Alex

          September 10, 2021 at 6:39 pm

          It’s usually trolls that accuse others of being trolls.

          Reply

    • Evan Miller

      September 12, 2021 at 8:28 am

      I am guessing you didn’t do well in school.

      Reply

  • Lily Morgan

    September 10, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    hi hello

    Reply

  • Frankie M.

    September 10, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    “People on their third, fourth, fifth deployment,” DeSantis reflected. “A small number of people do it over and over again.”

    Guess they won’t have to worry bout that any more. If it were up to DeSantis we’d be over there for another 20 years. Oh wait he agreed with Trump that we should leave. While they kicked the can Biden took action.

    Reply

    • Alex

      September 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm

      Bingo

      Reply

  • Frankie M.

    September 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    When Ronnie wants a photo op he goes to the border or a morgue.

    Reply

    • Tom

      September 10, 2021 at 6:22 pm

      Just another Manchurian pig!

      Reply

      • Tom Sr.

        September 11, 2021 at 10:05 am

        Is that all you have Tom. Name calling like a 5 year old brat.

        Reply

  • Tom Palmer

    September 10, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    What was humiliating is that we stayed so long.

    Reply

  • Harold Finch

    September 12, 2021 at 10:05 am

    DeSantis has monumental problems in Florida to solve, why in the hell is he getting into any discussion about Afghanistan!! Of course, unless he is lying, which he is, about running for President in 2024!!

    This Jackass has almost as much of an ego as Trump!!

    Reply

    • Kimberly

      September 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Biden needs to go. Him and his uncaring wife.

      Reply

  • TheMadMan

    September 12, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Sorry, Joe Biden, no Anti-Americans or communists wanted at our 9/11 memorial. Piss off.

    Reply

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