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Commenting On Obama's Instagram Page Suspended After Taliban Takeover

Commenting On Obama's Instagram Page Suspended After Taliban Takeover
Former US President Barack Obama. (Win McNamee/AFP via Getty)

By    |   Monday, 16 August 2021 01:51 PM

Comments on former President Barack Obama's Instagram page were briefly turned off Monday as critics called on him to do something to help the Afghan people, Fox News reports.

Obama has not yet given a public statement on the situation in Afghanistan, which the Taliban took over Sunday.

"Comments on this post have been limited," read Obama’s Instagram posts.

Commenters had posted the hashtags #help_afghanistan and #afghanistanisbleeding, among others, before being cut off, with some of the posts making such critical remarks as "The blood of the #Afghan people is on the hands of those who have remained silent in the face of oppression and have made friends with the Taliban. History will not forget your crime."

Another similar critic said, "What did we accomplish in Afghanistan if we turn tail and run now? They need us! That is not the American way! We do not surrender and run! We stay and fight and until the issues are resolved, which is true independence!"

An Obama spokeswoman told Fox News she had just learned that commenting was turned off and that there was "no intentionality on our side" or an explanation for why it happened.

President Joe Biden issued a statement over the weekend blaming former President Donald Trump for setting a May 1 troop withdrawal date and leaving the Taliban "in the strongest position militarily since 2001."

Biden said that Trump’s deadline forced him to decide between either sending more troops or pulling out.

Obama has remained silent on the situation as Biden's handling of Afghanistan has been harshly criticized due to the Taliban's rapid takeover.

Obama's spokeswoman said the former president had "no further comment" on Afghanistan, referring to his remarks in April supporting Biden's decision to withdraw.

The Heritage Foundation's James Jay Carafano wrote an opinion piece in The Daily Signal on Friday calling the Obama doctrine on foreign policy "an abysmal failure." 

"In the face of America’s enemies, the default position of Obama-Biden foreign policy default is accommodation and appeasement," Carafano wrote. "Unfortunately, the bad guys are not stupid. They had eight years to study the Obama playbook, and they know what to do with it: exploit the deliberate self-weakening."

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Comments on former President Barack Obama's Instagram page were briefly turned off Monday as critics called on him to do something to help the Afghan people, Fox News reports.
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