The aftermath of the evacuation of Kabul is resulting in self-inflicting collateral damage for President Biden. The president has created a crisis in confidence regarding his leadership abilities in the military and intelligence communities. First, a little background.

Prior to the 2020 election national, security leaders had praised then-candidate Biden’s honesty, leadership, and integrity.

On September 24, 2020, Breaking Defense, a digital magazine covering defense policy, technology, and politics opened a story thus,

“Many of the most respected defense leaders in America have come together to oppose another term for President Donald Trump and went even further in endorsing Joe Biden for president in 2020.”

The open letter was signed by nearly 780 National Security leaders including 22 four-star generals and admirals, five former Defense Secretaries, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and even a NASA administrator, Charles Bolden.

The letter began by saying, “President Trump has gravely damaged America’s role as a world leader. Trump has disgraced America’s global reputation and undermined our nation’s moral and diplomatic influence.”

In that letter these 780 national security officials wrote of then-candidate Biden with glowing praise;

​”We believe America’s president must be honest, and we find Joe Biden’s honesty and integrity indisputable. He believes a nation’s word is her bond. He believes we must stand by the allies who have stood by us. He remembers how America’s NATO allies rushed to her side after 9/11; how the Kurds fought by our side to defeat ISIS; and how Japan and South Korea have been steadfast partners in countering North Korean and Chinese provocations. Joe Biden would never sell out our allies to placate despots or because he dislikes an allied leader.”