President Biden is set to speak to the nation in a pre-recorded address, as well as visit New York City, the Pentagon, and the memorial outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to mark 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks.
Political experts weighed in on what the commander-in-chief may say or do to reassure the nation, just weeks after he presided over a bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members.
“Obviously, Biden intended to give this speech under radically different circumstances,” said Stephen Miller, senior adviser to former President Donald Trump.
“He planned to pin a successful exit date from Afghanistan to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. In fact, his remarks follow Biden’s unconditional surrender to the Taliban after a 20-year war.”
“The challenge for a Biden speechwriter is that there’s no historical precedent for this,” said Miller, who also served as director of speechwriting in the Trump White House. “This was the greatest foreign policy humiliation not only in the history of the United States, but in the history of any major world power.”
“My advice is to admit what everyone knows,” Miller concluded, “Don’t pretend this catastrophe was a