President Biden’s first year in office has been roiled by a disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan, record inflation, record illegal immigration and a COVID-19 death count that has surpassed his predecessor’s.
But despite poor poll numbers and the looming midterm elections, Biden has stuck with his team. In fact, not a single official has been fired or demoted over the series of blunders throughout his first year.
Biden faced widespread global backlash after Taliban insurgents retook Afghanistan in a matter of 11 days, essentially winning the war on Aug. 15 – 20 years after their ouster by U.S.-led forces. On Aug. 26, during the U.S. military’s mass evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport, suicide bombers killed at least 183 people, including 13 U.S. service members. The U.S. retaliated by launching two drone strikes against suspected ISIS-K terrorists, one of which ended up killing 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children.