President Biden’s speech this week on Afghanistan likely amounted to a “don’t bother me about this anymore” moment in which he claimed victory and will be moving on.
No doubt, the press will oblige him as its focus on shiny objects moves from Afghanistan to other issues.
Meantime, the people Biden left there will incur extraordinary suffering.
According to The Hill:
The White House is trying to move past the chaotic and deadly U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by turning its attention to domestic priorities like President Biden’s economic agenda.
Biden is gearing up for what promises to be a bruising intraparty battle to pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill that’s packed with some of his biggest policy goals. But he’s also poised to score a major bipartisan victory if the House passes a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package later this month.
More immediately, Biden will deliver a speech Thursday on the federal government’s response to the Hurricane Ida, the latest challenge facing his administration. He will travel to Louisiana to survey the storm’s damage the next day.
Administration officials are also grappling with rising COVID-19 case numbers, striking at the heart of Biden’s chief priority since taking office in January . . .
Biden allies think the public’s attention could shift back to domestic issues as soon as the end of the week, when the August jobs numbers from the Labor Department will offer a more fulsome picture of how the economic recovery has held up amid the surge of the delta variant of the coronavirus. In addition to the Louisiana trip, Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on the jobs report Friday.
“I expect that the conversation will turn back to domestic politics very quickly, and it will return as early as Friday when the jobs numbers come out and then continue throughout the month as we do the high-wire act on reconciliation and the infrastructure bill,” said Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at the centrist think tank Third Way.